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With the first day of the new year ...[What? Isn't that what Labour Day really is?] ... the entries are beginning to pour in for this year's contest. You still have time to write your masterpiece, though, as the deadline this year is Friday, September 23rd, at midnight.
All the details for the contest this year can be found HERE, and you can enter as often as you like, for $15 per entry. These entry fees are directly returned to help support our not-for-profit conference, which is shaping up to be WONDERFUL this year.
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What a summer it's been so far here at SiWC Central. We've seen unprecedented registration since we opened, which is hugely exciting for us. Thank you to all who've made every single day a "can you believe this?" kind of day for us. We're so looking forward to seeing all of you at SiWC in October!
With two months to go until the confrence opens, we're down to just a few spaces left. If you want to be part of this year's SiWC, don't delay! We still have Basic, Saturday Only, Sunday Only, and Young Writers' packages available, but only a handful of each. Go to www.siwc.ca/registration to register soon.
As of August 16, we're completely sold out of both Friday...
Thank you for making this such an exciting year for us so far. Thanks to your lack of procrastination, this year's conference is almost (but NOT QUITE) sold out. Don't leave it too long if you want to register! We're down to single digits available of some registration packages.
Because of the early response, the hotel has filled faster than usual, too, and IS sold out, at least on some of the nights. Want to come to #SiWC16 but don't yet have a hotel room? Don't despair! Call the Sheraton directly to get on the waiting list.
Prefer to be absolutely sure of getting a room? Across the street and down a couple of blocks, in easy walking distance from the Sheraton, is the Sandman Suites Guildford. If you're a loyal Sheraton customer and don't mind being a little further...
It's time, once again, for our annual room share blog.
Hoping to find a hotel roommate to share expenses at this year's SiWC? This is the place for you!
Even if you're not sharing, this is your reminder to book soon using our group rate for best prices and in-room internet included. You can book your room here: http://www.siwc.ca/room-bookings. Don't leave it too long! The hotel always sells out, and at last check, it was getting awfully close to sold out already.
If you are looking for a room share, please feel free to use the comment section below to try to connect with a kindred spirit. We suggest you post whether you have a room booked or are looking to share costs with someone who does, what's important to you in a...
Thanks to a great response to our first unconference in 2015, we're pleased to bring the SiWC Unconference back to #SiWC16. This is your chance for SiWC attendees to get more involved by bringing up and/or participating in conversations about craft and the business of writing that interest them.
Our unconference moderator, Sean Cranbury, put together the following information for you. If you love the idea of contributing your voice to the conference, these sessions may be for you. Please note that to be considered as one of the unconference speakers, you must be a registered attendee at the conference by the submission deadline. Now here's Sean with the info:
Join us at the Second Annual SiWC Unconference!
Bring your ideas! Engage directly with...
Our community of writers is AWESOME. You know that already. Occasionally, one of you completely amazes us. This is one of those times.
A generous attendee, who prefers to remain anonymous, has given us funds to offer the SiWC Diversity Scholarship to one lucky recipient this year.
If you have already registered for this year’s conference, you may have noted the opportunity to give $5 to this scholarship fund. It is our goal to be able to offer this scholarship again in future years, funded by attendee contributions. If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund in addition to or instead of a registration form contribution, please let us know using the contact form on our website. Thank you!
Check out the scholarship details for the Diversity Scholarship...
Our precious Conference Coordinator, Kathy Chung -- has gone missing!
We think she MAY be found under the giant mound of registrations that have poured into #SiWC Central this week...but we can't be sure. While volunteers are trying to dig her out, this is your formal notification of the FINAL 30 hours of our absolutely lowest early-bird prices for this year's conference.
You guys are awesome.
Thank you for making today the best start to SiWC registration in the history of the conference.
It started out a little rocky. As many of you know, for the first time ever, we had glitches. Two, in fact. And because of that, for an agonizing 26 minutes (for us and for you!), nothing was working as it should. SO MUCH STRESS! And then it all got fixed. Woohoo! And you responded in amazing numbers.
When it all settled down, we were so relieved to see that fairness had prevailed. The first thirty people who'd signed up while we were having trouble ended up getting the exact same stuff they tried to register for the first time around. It was a huge weight off our shoulders to know that our glitches didn't actually cost people their spot in the...
We're thrilled to announce that our 2016 workshop schedule is now up on our website. We hope you'll be as excited by it as we are. We have something for every writer, and we hope your biggest problem will be choosing which one session to attend in each time slot. We know that's ours!
We'll add details and more information as we can, but for now, there's more than enough there to get you started. This year, we're offering more content than ever, with eight master classes, including a master class day session for beginning writers, 79 workshops and panels, our unconference (details to come), open mic opportunities, keynote speeches, blue pencil and pitch appointments, Shock Theatre, and more. Simply click on each day button on our schedule page to see the workshops and panels for...
We set a challenge the other day: get us to 1000 Twitter followers and we'd reveal our presenter roster a week earlier than we'd planned. Well, you did it! Thanks very much!
So now we've done it, too! Click on the presenter link on our home page for a current list of the presenters for #SiWC16. We're pretty excited about it, and hope you will be, too. It's early days yet, so check back for additions and more bios over time, but CHECK IT OUT! We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming such a great group of amazing people to Surrey in October.
Hope to see you there, too!