Ever wonder if anyone really finds success from attending a writing conference? We know they do!
We've enjoyed hearing lots of SiWC success stories over the years from writers who met their agent or editor at SiWC.
Today, I'm delighted to bring you a pretty amazing good news story, unusual because of how quickly it all came together.
At last year's SiWC, attendee Leanne Shirtliffe met agent Jill Marr who loved her book so much she made her an offer of representation ON THE SPOT. If you've ever been to any writing conference, whether SiWC or another, you know how rare that is. Leanne and Jill were excited and the rest of us got to share the buzz, too.
And now, just eight months after the conference and her fortuitous appointment with Jill, we are delighted to...
We know we've been a bit quiet around here the last few days. Our apologies! The amazing registration rush the last two weeks has kept us busy. We are SO excited to know you're excited to get signed up. Numbers are well ahead of last year, and we're delighted.
Have you booked your hotel room yet? Our conference rate includes internet this year, and is available until rooms run out or until mid-September, so don't leave it too long to book! Our annual Room Share blog is up here: http://www.siwc.ca/blogs/kathychung/annual-room-share-blog-2012 This is the place to post if you're looking for a new friend to share costs by sharing a room.
As we gather all our workshop details, we add them to our site...
Registration got off to a roaring start yesterday. First-day registrants included attendees coming from all over North America, including people from BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, WA, OR, CA, TN, and TX. So exciting! If the pace set yesterday continues, we'll be heading for a sell-out this year. For now, though, lots of space remains in pitch and blue pencil appointments and in master classes. Register soon for best rates and selection!
In light of all the excitement about registration this week, we thought we'd share some recent links celebrating SiWC successes, from work-changing blue pencil appointments to a first book to achieving a long-held goal. Check them out!
Regular SiWC attendee Carol Garvin shares her excitement about SiWC here:...
It's time! As of noon today, Wednesday, June 6, registration will be open for SiWC 2012.
All the registration information you need is here: www.siwc.ca/2012/registration.
Register early for best rates, best choice of pitch and blue pencil appointments, and a guaranteed spot in master classes.
Staying in the conference hotel? Our conference rate is already available. Book early; our rates are available until mid-September or until the hotel fills up, whichever comes first.
It's time again for our annual room-share blog. This is the place for you to find roommates to share your hotel room at the Sheraton.
Even if you're not sharing, our conference room rate is already in place at the Sheraton. Book early! The room rate will be available until mid-September, by which point the hotel will be filling up, so why not book now? It's one more thing you won't have to remember when summer patios beckon.
You'll find hotel information here: http://www.siwc.ca/hotel_travel/index.php
If you're hoping to find someone to share your room with, please feel free to use the comment section below to try to connect with a kindred spirit. We suggest you share whether you have a room booked or are...
We are thrilled to announce that our 2012 workshop schedule has now been posted here at www.siwc.ca.
Check it out by clicking on each day on the conference menu on the left sidebar of our site.
We'll add more details as we get them, of course, but we're delighted to be sharing the majority of the workshop titles and lots of details, too.
There's something here for writers of fiction in all genres, non-fiction, blogs, TV and film, plays, poetry, memoir, and more. We hope you'll be as excited about this year's program as we are.
Remember, registration opens this Wednesday at noon Pacific time. At that time, our registration page will have a live link to our registration form. (Don't forget to refresh the page...
What a gorgeous Saturday here at SiWC Central! Hope whatever you have on for today, you've earmarked some time for writing. This day we write!
If you haven't signed up for our newsletter yet (find the link under news on the left sidebar of our site), now's a good time. Things are gearing up for SiWC 2012, and we'll be sending out e-newsletters from time to time to keep you in the loop.
Two more presenters for you to meet today. Let's see who the hat will give us...
First up for today is poet Fiona Tinwei Lam:
Fiona Tinwei Lam’s first book of poetry, Intimate Distances, was a finalist for the City of Vancouver Book Award. Her work has been published in literary magazines Canada-wide and in over sixteen anthologies (Canada,...
Wednesday again! Are your weeks speeding by as quickly as mine are?
Have you written today? If so, good for you! If not, are you here procrastinating when you could be writing? If you are, then how about you meet these two presetners and then turn off the internet for awhile and get some words on paper? Remember, this day we write! (Not just surf...)
First up for today is editor Ruth Linka, who's maintaining an air of mystery because I don't have a picture of her just yet:
Ruth Linka began her career in publishing at Coteau Books, a literary publisher, working in promotions and editorial. Since then she has worked at Raincoast Books as the Production Manager and Associate Art Director, and at NeWest Press as the General Manager. In 2001...
How goes your writing this month? Is looking forward to SiWC 2012 helping you stay motivated to get words on paper? Can't wait to sign up? Keep an eye on our site in the next few days for registration news.
But first, meet two more of this year's presenters.
Returning to SiWC this year is the very funny Eileen Cook:
Eileen Cook is a multi-published young adult and middle grade author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. Her latest release, Unraveling Isobel came out in Jan 2012. Her books have been optioned for film and TV, and while nothing has yet gone into production, she's already planning...
Happy Victoria Day to our Canadian followers. Everyone else, please feel free to share in our traditional start to camping/barbecue season, especially if you have better weather than we're seeing at SiWC Central today!
But holiday or no hoiday, it is Monday, so time meet a couple more presenters for this year's SiWC.
First up today, say hello to freelancer Carol Tice:
Veteran freelance writer Carol Tice has covered business and finance topics for the past 20 years, first as a business journalist and now as a writer and blogger for print and online publications such as Entrepreneur, The Seattle Times and Alaska Airlines magazine. Her reporting has won her numerous Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) awards, as well...