Looking to relive a little of the excitement of SiWC 2010? Wish you'd been able to go, and wonder what it was like?
Thanks to our resident shutter bug, Ursula Maxwell-Lewis, photos from this year's conference are now up on our site here: http://www.siwc.ca/photos
Attendee Carol Garvin has added a few shots to our Facebook page, too. You'll find them here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Surrey-BC/Surrey-International-Writers-Conference-SiWC/343986316665?v=photos
Do you have photos to share? We'd love to see them!
A couple of days ago, we brought you SiWC thoughts from one of our longest-serving board members; today, I have a few from one of our newest. Shilo has been with the conference for some time, volunteering and being a part of things, but she was a new face on our board this year, joining Camille in the mammoth task of volunteer wrangling, which she managed to do while finishing nursing school and starting a brand new job. Pretty impressive! Here are some of her thoughts on SiWC in her own words:
As I sit down to write this, I am still feeling overwhelmed by my experiences at SiWC 2010. The conference is always incredible, but this year seemed extra special. At the end of the weekend, I was exhausted, but more creatively energized than ever. From the feedback I have heard, I’m...
SiWC's beloved MC, shown here sporting a lovely tiara instead of deely boppers or devil horns - she is mutli-faceted, our Carol - has put together some thoughts about SiWC 2010 for you. You may not know that in addition to being the best MC in the history of MCs (and if you've been to SiWC, you KNOW that's an accurate assessment of her talents), Carol is also an original SiWC board member, one of the core of people who've been around since the very earliest days of our conference. Here are some of her thoughts about SiWC 2010, in her own words:
SiWC 2010: From the M.C.’s Point of View …
Many special memories having been bouncing in my head since the SiWC 2010 conference. Every year when I sashay to the podium to say, “Good morning, and welcome to the Surrey...
It's Tuesday afternoon, and I am finally coming out of the post-conference fog. Sort of.
SiWC 2010 is over, the hotel lobby is back to being a hotel lobby, and all our attendees and presenters have gone, back to their families and lives and other commitments.
Thank you to all our attendees for coming, for sharing your ideas, for helping to create the warm, friendly atmosphere we all love so much at SiWC. Several presenters commented to me about the great attendees we have, and I agree.
Do you have pictures and stories from this year that you'd like to share? We'd love to see and hear them. Share links here in the comments or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.
Just a few more days now until SiWC kicks off with master classes on Thursday, October 21!
There is still room in all registration packages, but take note! Online registration will end at the end of the day on Tuesday, October 19. After that, you'll have to register by phone or in person at the conference.
Still thinking about registering? Appointments are getting very heavily booked, so don't delay. Registering before the conference is your only way to guarantee getting an appointment. At the conference, remaining appointments are first-come, first-served basis each day, and bookings stop when all appointments for the day are full.
A note about making appointments in person: if you plan to book an appointment at the conference, you can only do so...
Wow. You people (you'll note I say that as if I'm not one of you, when, in fact, I am...) have a talent for leaving things to the last minute! I suppose it only makes sense that writers respond to deadlines.
We had a terrific registration rush leading up to the end of the month and the switch to our regular prices, but for those of you who haven't registered yet, never fear! We still have space available for all registration options from one day to the whole conference and in almost all our master classes, too. We'll keep registration open until the conference or until we sell out, whichever comes first. Given the numbers, if you know you want to come, don't wait too long to sign up!
This is it! Last day of early bird pricing. All you writers who love to work to the very last moment of a deadline - you know who you are! - this is that day. Midnight Pacific tonight, October begins and our early bird prices end.
Don't delay! Register today.
SiWC board members Carol, kc, and Ursula and I spent the day down at Word on the Street at Library Square in Vancouver yesterday, meeting tonnes of people and telling them all about our conference. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. It was great to see so many people out and hear so much positive stuff about our conference. If you're visiting our site for the first time after meeting us yesterday, welcome! For you and for all of our regular readers, too, here are a few shots of what the day was like for us, all taken by the wonderful Ursula Maxwell-Lewis:
We woke up to pouring rain, so were very pleasantly surprised when it stopped - except for the odd sprinkle - by the time the event got started. Here's the main stage, right outside the library,...
Happy fall, everyone! Mother Nature has cooperated by providing a very West Coast fall day to kick things off. Nothing like a few gray skies to make the possibility of a prize seem even better...
Thanks to everyone who got their registrations in during the summer. We appreciate it!
Just remember that if you haven't had a chance to register yet, early bird prices are still in effect for another week, until the end of the month. Sign up soon!
If you were organized to register in the spring (gasp! - you people are amazing) or in the summer (hey, not too shabby either. It's hard to be productive in the summer!), you were automatically entered in our end-of-summer book draw.
The winner was decided by a random number generator, so blame it, not me, if...
About time we did another draw, don't you think?
According to my calendar, this Thursday marks the first day of fall in this part of the world, so it's time to celebrate the end of summer.
Everyone who has registered for SiWC by the end of the day (23:59:59) on Wednesday will be entered in a draw for a wonderful book prize to celebrate your organizational skills in completing your registration for a fall conference before fall begins. If you're planning to register before early bird registration ends on the 30th, why not do it now and get in the draw?
All you non-procrastinators who registered before our last draw are automatically in this one, too. Your early registration gets you in for the second time in a row. It pays to be organized!