I do believe the ancient Persians were the ones who really got it right. New Year should be celebrated just as spring is upon us -- fresh and bright and filled with new hope.
To help inspire you to new words this spring, our annual writing contest is just about to open! April 1st is the day! This is our 22nd contest, and there are NO limits on your springtime creativity. Write to any topic you'd like -- we have four categories for you to enter your work: Storyteller's Award, Poetry, Non-Fiction and Writing For Young People. Full details can be found HERE, but you should know that the prize money is fantastic: $1000 for the winner in each category, $150 for the runners-up. You...
Here at SiWC Central, we're hard at work putting together a really exciting line up of presenters for SiWC 2014, coming up October 24-26, 2014, with master classes on the 23rd.
For now, we've taken down last year's information about presenters and workshops to give us a clean slate for this year. Stay tuned here in the coming weeks for 2014 information to start appearing, beginning with registration information and the 2014 hotel booking link, then presenters and workshop information as soon after that as we can.
In the meantime, if you're on Twitter, you can join in the ongoing writing conversation (mostly cheerleading and mutual support) using the hashtag #thisdaywewrite. We tweet as @siwctweets, and this year's conference hashtag is #siwc14.
Our panel of judges has conferred... and the results are in!
The #SiWC13 Digital Photo Contest winners include:
In third place, NEVERMORE, shot by Carol Garvin.
In second place, AN EPIC BATTLE, by Ginny Jacques:
And the winner, by popular demand is 'SUPER CAROL', once again by Carol Garvin.
Congratulations to our winners Carol and Ginny! Please contact me at email@example.com so we can organize getting your prizes off to you.
Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to us. We are hard at work behind the scenes getting the new photo section of our website ready. When it's all set for the big reveal, you'll read about it here, first!
But for now, all the folks at SiWC Central are wishing...
Hello from the ancient sandstone streets of Edinburgh! Here's a shot of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town taken from the top of Arthur's Seat to make you feel right at home.
Our photo contest from this year's conference is now officially closed. [It closed on December 1, actually, but due to aforementioned Scottish jaunt, my access to wifi has been somewhat hampered...]
Thanks to all of the wonderful attendees who submitted their shots to the contest! It's been great to revisit all the fun and excitement of the conference this year. We will be announcing the winners of the contest and displaying the results on Friday, December 13, 2013. So watch this space and before you know it, all will be revealed!
And, in the meantime, if you have other...
From our friends at the Surrey Public library, an event this Wednesday night, December 4. Check it out!
So, how is your post-conference recovery going? Are you assuaging your SiWC-related longings by participating in NaNoWriMo? Or are you bearing down on your latest ms by using the Famous Yahtzee Method?
Either way -- I wish you happy writing!
But if, instead, you find yourself flipping sadly through pictures on your camera phone, harking back to the halcyon days of #SiWC13, stop right now! Type 'firstname.lastname@example.org' into your email and forward your favourite shots to us for our contest! Open only to attendees of the conference this year [naturally, since if you didn't come, it's unlikely you'll be in possession of fancy photos of JJ Lee or suspicious snaps of Slade...] we are offering some...
Have you recovered from #siwc13 yet? Are you already looking forward to next year? We've heard of a few people who're already counting the days. :)
But first, before we leave this year behind, we'd love your help archiving all things SiWC 2013. Did you blog about the conference? Take pictures you'd be willing to share? If you'd like to send them, we'd love to see them! Send us links to your blog posts and email us your pictures (kathychung at siwc dot ca). Please specificy if we can link to your post or use your photos on our website (credited, of course) or if they're for our eyes only.
And if you get your photos in by December 1, you'll be entered in our SiWC photo contest. And yes, there is a fabulous prize to be won!
Thanks for sharing....
#SiWC13 is over -- and what a massive success it was! We at SiWC Central hope you had the time of your life, and are filled with ideas and inspiration that will feed your writing life for the next 12 months. Watch the site over the next few weeks, as we update with pictures, award winners and more from the conference. And during the year, follow us on twitter @SiWCtweets and @SiWCBoard, sign up for our newsletter and follow our blog posts for all that is new and exciting in the SiWC writing world.
See you October 24-26, 2014!
Did you miss the chance for pre-conference registration? Never fear! We still have some space in most master classes and all registration packages, so will re-open on-site registration at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel on Thursday morning. The registration line could be long, so arrive early! Registration will be available each day of the conference until and unless we sell out along the way.
See you there!
We're just a week away from SiWC13!
Putting this year's conference together has been a labour of love, and we are SO excited with what we have in store. Over 75 workshops, panels, and master classes to help hone your craft, no matter what kind of writing is your focus. This year's registrants include everyone from absolute beginners to multi-published authors seeking professional development and inspiration, and they're coming from all over North American and beyond. If you write, we have something for you.
And in between classes, the hotel will be full of like-minded people to chat with, hundreds of writers who understand what it is to need to write, to sacrifice sleep and social events and time with family to meet your writing goals. These are your people, and you...