SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Tuesday March 27, 2012 - 9:59pm

Hi Everyone,

We've decided to try something new this year to celebrate our 20th anniversary, so for the first time ever we are announcing an opening date for our writing contest. This year's contest offers more than $4600 in prize money -- a huge opportunity for you to add to your coffers -- as well as your prestige, if you are one of our winners.

The contest officially opens Sunday, April 1, 2012. No foolin' -- that's when we start taking entries! And the contest closes this year on September 14, 2012 at midnight.

Contest details can be found on the site HERE, but in short, we have four categories: Storyteller's Award, Non-Fiction, Poetry and Writing for Young People. Each entry is $...

KathyChung, Tuesday March 6, 2012 - 11:05pm
Tags: kudos

Wondering whether SiWC is for you? Here's what people said about SiWC 2011:


"If SiWC were human, she’d be your outrageous best friend. Your favourite aunt after a glass or two of sherry. That great teacher who made learning fun and somehow conned you in to trying harder."


KathyChung, Monday February 27, 2012 - 4:54pm

Attention all writers!

Our 2012 writing contest guidelines were posted today on the writing contest page here at

The 2012 contest will open APRIL 1, 2012. (No fooling!) So get writing. Short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and writing for young people are all welcome, and we offer an amazing $1000 first prize in each category.

Spread the word. Over $4500 in prizes is up for grabs. Why not give it a shot?

kcdyer, Wednesday January 25, 2012 - 8:36pm

Do you know a teen writer?

Better still...Are you a teen writer?

Have I got a new group for you!

Teen Writers' Circle

City Centre Library Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:15, Ages 12+ February 7, March 6, April 10

For authors of (and those interested in) fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. Join other teen writers in this monthly writers' circle.  Share your writing, learn great tips and get creative!! To sign up, call 604-598-7420 or e-mail

Details here:

Go on -- you can do it!



~kc dyer...

kcdyer, Friday December 16, 2011 - 3:28pm

Hey -- stuck for a gift for the dearest writer in your life? Exciting news!

How 'bout a gift certificate to attend SiWC2012?

We're trying something new this holiday season, and offering gift certificates to next year's conference. Why not get one for a writer you love?

Starting at $99, certificates are available for Master classes, single day and full weekend packages, with or without meals.

Give something special to the writer in your life!

SiWC 2012, the 20th anniversary of this world-beating conference, is going to be an incredible event. And, as our special gift to you, for a limited time only, 2011 prices remain in place. Don't delay -- get yours in time for the holidays!


*The fine print: Order your...

KathyChung, Wednesday November 30, 2011 - 2:33pm

We've had lots of requests for 2011 workshop handouts to be posted. Those we are able to post are now up, available to anyone who attended SiWC 2011.

You'll find the page here:

Username: siwc

You'll have to guess the password, but if you were there on Friday morning this year, or if you have your conference pen handy, you'll know exactly what it is. Please note it's all lower case with no spaces between the words. If you can't think what it might be, feel free to email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca, and as long as you were an attendee at the conference, I'll send it to you.

Happy writing!

More soon...

kcdyer, Tuesday November 1, 2011 - 5:00pm

Hola writing comrades,

Hope all of you who choose to are NaNo-ing up a storm today. What better way to forget the storms of November than to write your way through them? Speaking personally, I've never actually NaNoWriMo'd, though November has always been an excellent writing month for me. [See -- storms, above.]

However, when you need to connect with all those other writers out there to share your pain, what to do? What to do, indeed! Those of you clever sorts who attended our Saturday panel on social media for writers know how -- social media, of course! So for those who attended our slammin' panel, and even for those who missed out, here are links to as many of the topics covered as I can remember. As always, if you have any specific questions, I'm happy to answer --...

kcdyer, Sunday October 30, 2011 - 10:15am
Tags: Miss604, siwc2011

The best writers' conference in the world* is over for another year, and all kinds of things are in the works for our on-line community. Keep your eyes pointed here for updates and information from the presenters, attendees and more.

Today, we're linking you to the slide show that Rebecca Bolwit [aka Miss 604] has generously posted from her talk at the conference. Some excellent points for the beginner who is looking to garner a bit of information -- how and why to tweet, what the components of a blog are and why writers need to have a presence on the net.

This is just the slide show...if you missed Miss 604's talk, you'll have to catch her at another time -- but as she practices what she preaches, she's pretty easy to find online.

Click through and enjoy!


kcdyer, Thursday October 27, 2011 - 11:25pm

Here's an exciting upcoming event from long-time friend of SiWC Sean Cranbury.

You can join Sean to watch the Giller Prizes being awarded [via satellite!] at an event right here in the heart of the Downtown Eastside at the incredible new W2 Media Centre.

Check the announcement here: Event details:Giller Light Bash Vancouver 2011 in support of Frontier CollegeWHEN: Tuesday, November 8th. 5PM - Midnight (klive broadcast of awards ceremony at 530 to 7ish)WHERE: W2 Media Cafe 111 West Hastings Street...

KathyChung, Wednesday October 26, 2011 - 4:34pm
Tags: SFU

Looking for a literary event this week? This invitation comes from our friends at SFU's World Literature program:

On behalf of SFU World Literature and the Consulate General of France in Vancouver, you are warmly invited to:

How Translation Influences & Questions Literature, an Evening with Christophe Claro

Christophe Claro is a renowned French writer and translator. He is one of the leading promoters of contemporary American literature in France. His translations in French include works by William T. Vollmann, Thomas Pynchon, Mark Z. Danielewski, Salman Rushdie, John Barth, James Flint, William H. Gass and Hubert Selby Jr., amongst many others. One of his novels, Electric Flesh (Chair électrique in French), was translated in English and...