Summer Fun

Ahhh, summer. Grey skies, cool temperatures... oh, wait. Is that the sun I see poking out from behind the clouds? I think it just may be. Or it was, for a minute there. I know some of you are enjoying - or are perhaps even sick of - heat waves and early summers, but here in the Lower Mainland of BC, Mother Nature seems to be toying with us, teasing us with the possibility of summer sunshine and then laughing until she cries when we take off our raincoats. It's perfect writing weather, the sort where you don't really mind being inside looking at a computer screen.

Have you started working on your SiWC writing contest entry yet? The deadline is September 10, but you know how fast summer whizzes by, and that date will be here before you know it. Entries are already welcome, and quite a few have already arrived. Check out the details on our writing contest page :

Want to learn something this summer? Our friend Jocelyn at the SFU Summer Publishing Workshops tells me there's still space in many of their summer programs. Looking for a little education in July?  Why not check them out?  They have workshops on all sorts of topics, from romance to humour to thrillers to screenwriting to pitching, publishing, and getting along with an editor.

You can find more information here:

And don't forget about the Symposium on the Book where you'll hear from six renowned authors on the subject of writing humour. For the $75 fee you'll also get a copy of each author's book, available for immediate pick up and advance reading!

For more information, contact Suzanne Norman at or 778-782-5241.

And, of course, SiWC registration continues all through the summer. So far, there is still space available in all our master classes and for all conference options, but we're down to just a handful of spots in Joanna Bourne's Advanced POV master class, and some of our presenters have fully booked (or close to fully booked) appointment schedules already. Don't wait too long if you have a particular appointment or an advanced look at point of view in your plans., or just click on the "register" link on our home page.