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KathyChung, Saturday May 26, 2012 - 4:02pm

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,...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 23, 2012 - 4:46pm

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...

KathyChung, Tuesday May 22, 2012 - 4:09pm

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...

KathyChung, Monday May 21, 2012 - 4:43pm

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...

KathyChung, Saturday May 19, 2012 - 5:13pm

So, when I completely forget to post your Five for Friday, the best thing I can think of to do to make up for it is to give you Six on Saturday. Sound good?

I'm sitting outside in a shady spot on the patio here at the SiWC Home Office, so with luck I'll get through six without a breeze coming along to blow away the slips of paper from the hat...


First up today is agent April Eberhardt:

April Eberhardt Literary specializes in high-quality women's fiction: thoughtful, carefully crafted narratives by, for and about women, the kind of books that generate interest and insights among women's book club members. The agency also represents selected Young Adult works, particularly those aimed at prompting meaningful discussion between mothers and...

KathyChung, Thursday May 17, 2012 - 10:57am

Thursday bonus! How about an exta meet-the-presenter post today? Why not!

I'm pulling three names out of the trusty hat today, because I like the alliteration of a Thursday three. Who will they be?

The hat has spoken. Say hello to three brand-new-to-SiWC presenters:


Gigi Rosenberg won her first unofficial grant as a 14-year old when she convinced her parents to fork over the cash to buy 5 rolls of Super 8 Kodachrome film to shoot her first film. Today, she works as a writer, speaker, and presentation coach for artists and entrepreneurs. She wrote The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing(Watson-Guptill, 2010) to teach artists and writers how to win grants, fundraise creatively, and ensure that every second they spend writing a proposal...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 16, 2012 - 9:08am

Another week speeding by! Can't believe it's Wednesday already. We're moving ever closer to registration opening for SiWC 2012. Watch for details in the coming week or two in our newsletter. If you don't already subscribe, now would be a good time to sign up. We won't give or sell your email address to anyone else, and we won't inundate you with emails. We typically send six or seven newsletters a year to keep you informed about all the SiWC news. All the info and the link to the sign-up page here:

How about a few presenter introductions? All those little slips of paper in the hat... I think I'll pull three today, just for the heck of it.


First up today, meet JJ Lee...

KathyChung, Monday May 14, 2012 - 11:10am

Good morning! Or afternoon or evening, depending on where you are.

It's Monday. Have you set some writing goals for this week? One of our #thisdaywewrite participants is attempting to do an hour a day. Why not try it?

But first, say hello to a couple of this year's presenters:


First up for today is brilliant teacher and SF writer Robert J. Sawyer:

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight people ever—and the only Canadian—to have won all three of the science-fiction field’s top awards for best novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won for Mindscan). He’s also won an Arthur Ellis Award from the...

kcdyer, Monday May 14, 2012 - 10:01am

Sneaking in here while Kathy's hard at work plotting the conference timetable  to make a pitch for a friend of SiWC...

Author Robert Dugoni has a history with our conference. He's the guy who came up with-- and generously allowed us to share -- the motto 'This Day We Write'. He has crossed the border for years, helping educate hundreds - probably thousands, by now, of our writer attendees.

And then there was the whole thing about the shirt...

[What? You think I'm gonna show you the whole picture? Come on -- you must know by now that what happens in Surrey, stays in Surrey...!]

But yes, this is a man who literally gave us the shirt off his back.

And right now, his latest thriller, MURDER ONE is available for download as an ebook for just $1.99...

KathyChung, Friday May 11, 2012 - 3:25pm

She lives! Apologies for leaving you hanging for so long, waiting to find out about more of our presenters. I've spent the last week unexpectedly gathering a number of "oh, so that's what that feels like" tidbits for the writing research file. Not an experience I care to repeat, but at least everything that happens to us in life is fodder for our writing, right?

But now I'm back, and to make up for unintentionally abandoning you and the hat for more than a week, today I'm going to share a whole handful of this year's presenters with you. Please join me in welcoming them to SiWC.


First up today is author Jen Sookfong Lee:

JEN SOOKFONG LEE was born and raised in Vancouver's East Side, where she now lives with her husband and son....