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KathyChung, Friday October 2, 2015 - 9:09am


We're writers, too, so we know some of you need a deadline to get stuff done. Here's a big one for you. Pre-conference registration for #SiWC15 will close Friday, October 16 at 5pm Pacific UNLESS we sell out by then, which is a distinct possibility. 

So far, this has been our best registration year EVER. We've never been this close to selling out by three weeks before the conference (writers really do love to procrastinate!), so if you're planning to come, don't leave it much longer. We don't want you to miss out! (Also, this is SO exciting for us here at SiWC Central. Every time we check the numbers, we see a new to-date record set. It's AWESOME! Thank you to all our registrants for adding to our enjoyment.)

In the event we don't sell out by...

KathyChung, Tuesday September 29, 2015 - 11:19am

Like our annual room share blog, this one's all about the comments. Looking for someone to share a ride or a cab from the airport or the ferry terminal? Post in the comments. Want to carpool from other parts of YVR, the Island, or Seattle? Post that, too. Happy to drive, but looking for someone to ride with you and share gas and parking charges? Ask away.

It's helpful to say whether you are looking to share a cab, be a carpool driver or be a carpool passenger as well as where you'll be coming from (airport, ferry, or elsewhere) and what day(s) and approximate time(s) you're planning on coming and going. Please be smart about your safety. Don't post your address or flight number or other...

kcdyer, Sunday September 20, 2015 - 12:37pm

As the time for the 23rd annual conference nears, we here at SiWC Central are getting very excited. Behind the scenes a veritable HIVE of volunteers are abuzz with activity. Contest judging has commenced and numbers are being finalized for all the amazing activities we have in store for you this year. A few thoughts for you to contemplate...


1. Volunteers are the life-blood of this conference -- we could not put this event on without you! We are still looking for a few good helpers, so if you have time over the 3rd weekend in October and rubbing elbows with a bunch of crazy and/or bestselling [not mutually exclusive, of course!] authors and other industry pros is something that you enjoy, please get in touch! You can reach us through the contact form on this...

kcdyer, Thursday September 17, 2015 - 11:47pm

Please join us in congratulating the following young writers who are the successful applicants for these, our inaugural Tan Seagull Scholarships.

Attending our Young Writers day on Friday, October 23 with a full-day scholarship will be:

Jared Beukers of Abbotsford, BC Maiya Chan of Port Moody, BC Judy Lee of North Vancouver, BC Simran Kainth of Surrey, BC Madi McWilliam of Langley, BC Rosemary Mucklestone of Arlington, Washington, USA Ashley Sharma of Abbotsford, BC, and Courtney Ward-Zbeetnoff of North Vancouver, BC

And, coming to us all the way from Nelson on the south island of New Zealand, will be our 2015 full conference scholarship winner, Courtney Davis!

WooHOOO! What a great group of young writers! We are thrilled to welcome you all.


kcdyer, Monday September 14, 2015 - 2:31pm
Tags: #contest

Writers! You've got until Friday at midnight. That's FIVE whole days to get your story in to the 23rd Annual SiWC Writing Contest.

There's a thousand dollars on the line, the chance to have your work read and judged by two amazing best-selling authors and the GLORY of participating in this wonderful event. It's a tradition -- be a part of it! Also, please note that while our entry fee has not changed since before the turn of the century [!!!], all the proceeds still go toward funding our wonderful not-for-profit conference. We support writers helping writers -- it's a great cause!

So put your pen to paper, fork over the 15 bucks and be a part of history, okay?

Rules and other deets are ...

kcdyer, Thursday September 10, 2015 - 9:37pm

We love a good success story here at SiWC Central. And as summer wends its way into fall and we get closer to the conference, we are all the more inclined to celebrate the good ones.

Ev Bishop is a perfect example. Ev's been coming to the conference for a long time, and all the workshops and panels she's attended have been put to good use. GREAT use, in fact, for Ev is a bona fide self-publishing success story. We asked her to tell us a little about it here on the blog, so you can see how one attendee put what she learned to use.

From Ev Bishop:

It's been an exciting year! In addition to launching the first two books in my new River's Sigh B & B Series (...
kcdyer, Thursday September 3, 2015 - 10:31pm

...have you written your story yet?

The Storyteller Award is waiting for you!

2500-5000 words. Fiction. Deadline: midnight, September 18th. Entry fee $15.

Full details HERE.

This Day We Write!



kcdyer, Director #SiWC15kcdyer@siwc.cakcdyer.comsweetly tweeting @kcdyer



KathyChung, Monday August 10, 2015 - 9:14am
Tags: #siwc15

Hello, all!

I'm just back from a family vacation, and the frightening state of my email inbox is about to be your gain.

To give me a bit of time to catch up before I turn my attention to sorting the unconference submissions for the board to consider, I'm extending the submission deadline. Instead of today, the deadline will now be Friday, August 21 at 5pm Pacific.  We have received a solid number of submissions, but I know from talking with some of you that there are more of you out there with great information to share. Whether you've been on the fence, debating whether you want to get up in front of an audience for 15 minutes even though you have something great to say, or you've been meaning to submit, but summer busyness got in the way of good...

kcdyer, Saturday August 1, 2015 - 3:48pm

Hey there!

So, I'm on the road touring my new novel FINDING FRASER [in St. Albert, Alberta at the moment, actually] and hoping that YOU are having the best summer EVAH! But now that the dog days of summer are here, I wanted to remind you that the Early Bird pricing for the conference this year lasts only until the end of this very month. We at SiWC Central have learned, over the years, just how deadline-devoted most writers are, and we certainly get lots of last-minute registrations.

But why not make this the year you book yourself in early enough to take advantage of our excellent Early Bird rates?

[This financial reminder brought to you by the writer who paid her property taxes 12 HOURS late this year and had to eat a 10% penalty. Let's just say I KNOW...

kcdyer, Saturday July 25, 2015 - 9:27pm

Ed Griffin, founder of this conference twenty-three years ago, died yesterday after a valiant struggle with cancer. While Ed's health has prevented him from participating in the conference in the past year or two, his presence has and will continue to be felt through the Griffin Award, named in his honour. Ed was the author of five books on writing, and leaves behind his wife Kathy, and his loving family.

We found this picture of a bearded Ed at the first planning meeting for SiWC, held in the Cloverdale Starbucks. [You might also recognize Board member emeritus Ursula Maxwell Lewis and our wonderful emcee Carol Monaghan, who were both also conference originators. [photo, courtesy Ursula Maxwell-Lewis]

Last February, when faced with what he felt would be...