Time for a Change...

After three years in the job, I will be retiring as SiWC conference coordinator at the end of our event this year, and our Board is currently engaged in the process of looking for someone who would like to take on the position. This job has been a labour of love for me, and I will continue to maintain a strong association with the conference, but it's time for some new blood at the helm. I'm hoping you, our devoted blog readers, will help me spread the word so we can find the perfect person to take on the challenge.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in this position, you can contact SiWC Board member Carrie Higgins by email at c.higgins@siwc.ca as she is charged with overseeing the questions of applicants interested in the job.

But to give you a general idea, the conference coordinator is the person who [with the support of the volunteer Board of Directors, school district #36, and a huge collection of volunteers] pulls the Surrey International Writers Conference together every year. We have a general template we follow, but the scheduling, organizing, planning and executing of the conference is under the direction of the coordinator. This means planning, structuring and implementing a weekend writers' conference of 60+ presenters and 600+ attendees, maintaining constant liaison with the volunteer Board of Directors, all under the auspices of the Surrey School District.

The conference coordinator is a contract position with Surrey School District #36, and must be filled by someone who lives in the Lower Mainland, as attendance at a monthly meeting is required. A modest honourarium is offered.

The person taking on this job needs excellent writing and communication ability and facility with internet communication (websites, blogs, twitter, email). You also need to love working with and communicating with others in person and over the phone. This position requires vision and heart, versatility and flexibility. It's a huge asset to have knowledge of current writing trends, emerging and established writers, poets, playwrights and the ability to unearth stellar keynote speakers, workshop presenters, agents, editors and publishers. Finally, the job requires a clear understanding of the goals and unique construction of the partnerships involved in this respected world class conference.

Whoever takes this job on will have a fantastic support crew, and I'll be around to act as a mentor and general cheerleader.

Interested...or know someone who might be? Connect with Carrie Higgins at c.higgins@siwc.ca  and she will be happy to give you more information.



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