SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Wednesday June 5, 2013 - 2:45pm

The early rush has begun!

SiWC 2013 registration is now open. You can register at

Register early for best selection of appointments and master classes. Some of these fill up very quickly!

More soon!

KathyChung, Saturday June 1, 2013 - 1:31pm

Happy Saturday!

Just four more days until registration opens for SiWC 2013! If you're chatting about it on Twitter, we're using #siwc13 this year for conference tweets. And, as always, our ongoing writing conversation is still #thisdaywewrite.

We are delighted to announce that our workshop information is up on the website. Check out all the options here: 

As always, we'll add details as they come in, but almost every workshop is there now. Click on a workshop name for more details. Happy perusing!

More soon...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 29, 2013 - 7:12pm

With registration opening in just a week, we are delighted to be able to share this year's master classes!

We have six great offering this year, including one for beginning writers, and we think you'll find there's something for everyone. Whether you want to spend three hours conquering the dreaded synopsis, building your own website, or taking your fiction to the next level, we have the class for you.

Check out the options here:

More soon!

KathyChung, Thursday May 9, 2013 - 11:15am

Have you received our latest newsletter? We send out six to eight of them a year and they're a great way to keep up on SiWC news. If you're not a subscriber, and would like to be, you can read the newsletters and sign up for fuure ones here: We won't give away your information or spam you, we promise! Check it out!

kcdyer, Wednesday May 8, 2013 - 5:48pm


Is this springtime weather leaving you feeling poetic? Why not enter the Surrey Libraries Poetry Competition? Up to $250 prize offered for a commemoration of Surrey's past and future, in celebration of the opening of the new City Hall and Civic Plaza. Contest closes May 31, and is limited to poets 19 and up. Find out more at

Happy writing!



sweetly tweeting @kcdyer

kcdyer, Thursday April 25, 2013 - 1:30pm
Tags: volunteers

SiWC Director [and volunteer coordinator] Christine Dalzell has contributed the following post to pass on a word of thanks to all of our marvellous volunteers.

volunteer13.jpg April 21 to 27 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the incredible efforts of Volunteers across Canada. SiWC is almost entirely run by volunteers and we, the organizing Board along with our Conference Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator and Webmaster, want to send a shout out to the over 70 dedicated volunteers who make our conference possible. Some of our volunteers have been with us since the early days of the conference and each year new, enthusiastic volunteers enter our roster. Volunteers are scheduled for...
KathyChung, Thursday April 18, 2013 - 3:01pm
Tags: website, siwc13

Welcome to our brand new website! Here you'll find all the information you're used to finding at, including our blog, past newsletters, writing contest info, and more. We'll be adding SiWC 2013 information over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back often! Enjoy! More soon...

kcdyer, Sunday March 17, 2013 - 8:36pm

...sharpen your pencils!

The 2013 SiWC Writing Contest is almost upon us!

Opening day is -- no foolin'! -- April 1, 2013.

This contest is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, show us what you've been up to and make a PILE of money while doing it. First prize in each category is $1000 and publication in our anthology, with honourable mention prizes of $150 each. You can learn all the details on our Writing Contest page. All proceeds from the contest go toward funding the 2013 Surrey International Writers' Conference, so enter as often as you like!

This year's deadline is Friday, September 13, 2013. Yep, you read that right -- we are opening the contest on April Fool's...

kcdyer, Sunday March 10, 2013 - 11:13pm
Ursula and Carol

The members of the Surrey International Writers' Conference Society would like to wave a fond adieu to two of our community who retired at the end of the year.

Ursula Maxwell Lewis was one of the founders of SiWC and has been a part of our community ever since those long-ago days. While we all love the energy and verve Ursula brought to the conference, her fellow conference founder Carol Monaghan perhaps knows her best of all.  Carol says:

One of the essential elements of SiWC is making connections and one of my best Conference connections was meeting Ursula. I first worked with Ursula twenty years ago when that magnetic fella named Ed Griffin drew several of us together to help plan a writers’ conference. As soon as I met her, I knew she was a woman who combined her...

KathyChung, Monday January 14, 2013 - 11:18am

Happy new year!

I hope this post finds you enjoying a great year so far and making lots of time to write. Remember, this day we write! Not just this day we think about maybe making time one of these days to write. :)

It's around this time of year that my inbox gets flooded with interest from people who would love to present at SiWC, and many of them have the same questions. So here, in no particular order, are answers to some of the frequently asked questions from interested potential presenters:

All presenters for SiWC are invited in writing via email by the conference coordinator on behalf of the SIWC Board. This is true both for new and repeat presenters. 

We do accept proposals, but do not put out a call for them or have a deadline. They're a good way...