SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Friday September 6, 2013 - 8:50pm

siwc small.jpg Oooo -- can you feel that little fall zing in the air? For me, it means SiWC time is almost rolling around! Contest entries and registrations are rolling in. Have you sent yours? Follow the links, if not -- we really want to see you again this year, and to share a contest prize with you in front of hundreds of your writing peers is always a HUGE highlight!

This year, as a part of our on-going commitment to keep our conference as green as is possible for writers, we are gathering most of our registration packet inserts into a single brochure, and this means an opportunity for you! We are selling ad space -- while...

KathyChung, Thursday September 5, 2013 - 11:17am
Tags: siwc13, contest

In yesterday's newsletter, I offered a book prize to the person who could decipher our hints and come up with our theme for the year. Thanks for making it lots of fun for me, with a tremendous number of guesses coming in fast and furious, and no one wanting to admit defeat.

I'm delighted to award the theme-guessing book prize to Shari Green, who came up with not only the right answer, but a bunch of very creative alternatives, too. Thanks also to several others for your guesses. Loved seeing what you came up with. Unsurprisingly, attempting to distract writers by using an opposite that refers to printed text for the clue worked brilliantly, and the most common wrong guesses were about words and books and paper. Others were actually terrific, original ideas we should look at for...

KathyChung, Thursday September 5, 2013 - 10:57am
Tags: siwc13, theme

Still no winner in our theme contest! Lots of most excellent guesses, but no one's come very close yet. Keep trying!

If you're following along, trying to figure out what our theme might be for this year, hint #1 is in our newletter. Hint #2 is on our Twitter feed. Hint #3 is this: the first hint was meant to make you think of opposites. (And possibly it was also designed to lead you down the garden path into things to do with words, too, since the opportunity was there for distraction from the right answer by choosing those particular opposites for the hint. *g*)

More soon...


kcdyer, Sunday September 1, 2013 - 11:11am

Got this in our email over the summer:


Congratulations, Tamiko! We're thrilled for you, too!

I just wanted to thank you for helping me find an agent. I met Kris Rothstein from Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency during a pitch session - and then they signed me on. :) Thanks so much, Tamiko

And the Swayze Agency will be back at #SiWC13 this year, along with a ton of other agents and publshers. Want to check them out? Look HERE for agents and HERE for editors! And then come join us for our best year ever!




kcdyer, Saturday August 31, 2013 - 3:37pm

Girl-writing.jpg With back-to-school just around the corner, here's a post written by our own Yilin Wang, featuring the youngest of our tribe. Yilin herself is a young writer, and we thank her for sharing her thoughts here, and wish her well as she embarks on a year of adventure at the University of Edinburgh! You can read more of her work at her blog site HERE.

SiWC Young Writers Day

On Friday October 19, 2012, over 50 young writers from Surrey and the rest of Metro Vancouver attended the Surrey International Writer’s Conference.

“I wanted to come because I enjoy writing,” Lauren, a young writer, responded when asked what brought...

kcdyer, Thursday August 1, 2013 - 4:04pm

This post was written by writer and uber-volunteer Yilin Wang.

You can check out Yilin's writing blog here at, as she carries on her adventures attending university in Edinburgh this fall!

SIWC: A Volunteer’s Perspective

Yilin Wang

When I stepped into the ­­­­main ballroom on the Friday morning of the 2012 SIWC conference for Jane Espenson’s opening keynote, I saw an amazing sight: a crowded room with hundreds of writers talking about the ups and downs of the writing life, their latest writing projects, their favourite books, their hopes and dreams. I had never seen so many...

kcdyer, Wednesday July 31, 2013 - 8:02am

nefarious.jpg If you've been to the conference any time in the past five or so years, you have likely spotted today's feature success story. He blends into the crowd pretty well most of the time, but on Saturday nights -- the most formal of our evenings -- his scarlet RCMP uniform has a way of standing out. By day, Corporal Gillies chases down bad guys and does a lot of paperwork. By night, too, as half his work is done after midnight. But on his off days, Tyner is a full-fledged writer. His first published book THE WATCH, emerged in 2012, published by Dark Dragon Books. The story...
kcdyer, Thursday July 18, 2013 - 1:30pm
Tags: presenters

ChrisHumphreys.gif Long-time friend of the conference CC Humphreys is celebrating the launch of his latest book with his characteristic flair -- swords and words bandied about together! SHAKESPEARE'S REBEL is a story set in the 16th century in and around the staging of the very first Hamlet.At the launch you'll enjoy fight demonstrations, words [both the Bard and CC's!] and weaponry will zing your imagination.

Check out the details on his blog HERE, or on the Bard site HERE.

Not to be missed!




kcdyer, Friday July 12, 2013 - 12:21pm
hands.jpg   A message from our volunteer coordinator Christine Dalzell:   Do you love the conference and want to give back to the writing community? Do you need volunteer hours for school or work? Do you want to boost your resumé with excellent volunteer experience?   Now is your chance to join this amazing team of volunteers. We offer a wide variety of roles before and during the conference and we can schedule you for any amount of time that you can give. Eight hours of volunteering in a day earns you the chance to see one workshop of your choice (scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis).   Email for more information.            
kcdyer, Monday July 8, 2013 - 5:08pm
Tags: jobs, volunteer

SiWC is a BIG conference, and we couldn't run it without a whole lot of amazing people. Right now, we are looking to fill a couple of important positions. Interested? Get in touch!

External Job Posting: Volunteer position


Introduction Writer

Pre-conference work to be completed on or before September 15, 2013


A Conference Basic pass which includes all three days of workshops and morning keynotes.

Does NOT include any meals or evening/afternoon keynotes, or hotel stay. (Approximately a $430 value)

Job Summary:

To research all presenters and write an interesting and applicable...