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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....

KathyChung, Thursday May 3, 2012 - 10:32am
Tags: writing

For those of you who are new to SiWC, the amazing and generous Robert Dugoni coined what has become our conference motto: this day we write. We try to live by it and to support you in making it your own motto, too.

We've been hearing from a lot of you about your writing goals, and it seems like May is the best thing since Nanowrimo for many of you. Whether it's the energy that comes from spring springing all around you or the panicked realization that the year is flying by, we're all for the motivation we're seeing.

We figure putting your goals in writing, especially for other people, and checking in with progress reports is a great way to help stay on track.

Why not share your May goals here in the comments? And if you're on Twitter, use #thisdaywewrite...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 2, 2012 - 5:54pm

Wednesday already? How did that happen?

Apologies for keeping you waiting for these today, but I hope you'll agree they're entirely worth the wait.

Reaching into the trusty hat... ahh, those two! Excellent. Lucky you.


First up today is the only SiWC presenter I'm aware of who's also been a Jeopardy! champion. Wouldn't you like to have that on your resume? Meet multi-talented author Boyd Morrison:

Boyd Morrison is a Seattle-based author, actor, engineer, and Jeopardy! champion. He started his career at Johnson Space Center, where he flew on NASA’s Vomit Comet, the plane used to train astronauts for zero gravity. He went on to earn a PhD from Virginia Tech, develop twelve patents at RCA, and manage a video game testing group at...

KathyChung, Monday April 30, 2012 - 12:33pm

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. It's the last day of April. Do you know what your May writing goals are yet? Tomorrow brings a whole new month, a fresh page, a new start. Why not set some goals today and be ready to go when tomorrow comes? Share them here in the comments or on Twitter using #thisdaywewrite. Putting them in print for us to read is a great way to commit to them.

But before you do that, it is Monday, and so time to meet a couple more of our SiWC 2012 presenters. Or maybe, just because it's a rainy Monday and I'm feeling generous, I'll introduce you to three. Why not! The random presenter generator (ie the hat) has come up with two authors and an agent today. Please join me in welcoming them to SiWC this year!


First up for today, meet author ...

KathyChung, Wednesday April 25, 2012 - 10:53am

It's mid-week. How's your writing going? Post here in the comments or on Twitter using #thisdaywewrite and let us know!

The random presenter introductions continue today with two writers who both happen to know more than a little about keeping readers on the edges of their seats.

First up today, say hello to Grant McKenzie:

Born in Scotland, living in Canada and writing American thrillers, Grant likes to wear a toque and kilt with his six-guns. His debut novel, SWITCH, earned fantastic reviews internationally when it was published by Random House UK and Penguin Canada, plus in translation by Heyne Germany, Spring International Publishers of Taiwan and AST Russia. His second novel, No Cry For Help, surprised even his newfound fans by being even more...

KathyChung, Tuesday April 24, 2012 - 12:50pm

Hello, again. I hope you're enjoying following our presenter reveals as much as I'm enjoying revealing them to you! Here at SiWC Central, we're SO excited about our 20th annual conference and the amazing people who've agreed to be a part of it that it's a lot of fun for us to tell you about them.

Will you have work ready to pitch this October? If so, perhaps you'll end up face-to-face across a table with one of today's two randomly-selected presenters, both agents.

First up, say hello to Victoria Marini, with an introduction in her own words:

I am an associate literary agent with the Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency, As the newest (and shortest) member of the...

KathyChung, Monday April 23, 2012 - 11:56am

Monday again already?! How did that happen? I hope you all had the most marvellous of weekends and are all set for a new week of writing. Have you been finding time to meet your writing goals? Don't forget, this day we write! If you're on Twitter, use the hashtag #thisdaywewrite to tell us your writing goals and check in and let us know how you're doing.

But we know a good writing day requires both inspiration and procrastination, so once again we bring you both, in the form of introductions to a couple of our SiWC 2012 presenters.

The trusty hat got knocked on the floor last night, so the possible choices are freshly shaken up, ready for today's random picks. Here we go!

This first presenter's travels this year include Lithuania and the UK, but come October, she'...

KathyChung, Friday April 20, 2012 - 10:08am

Happy Friday! Here at SiWC Central, a glorious, sunny morning has emerged from a night more suited to November than April, so we can't help but be cheerful this morning. So we figured we'd pass on the joy and give you not one, not two, but THREE of this year's presenters.  Let's see what the hat has in store for you today...

First up, brand new to SiWC this year, please welcome the amazing Jane Espenson:


Jane Espenson has written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, Dollhouse, Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Game of Thrones, and Torchwood: Miracle Day among other series. She is currently a consulting producer on ABC's...