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kcdyer, Sunday April 1, 2012 - 10:39am

Ladies and Gentlemen, rev those hard drives! Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 SiWC Writing Contest-- 20th Anniversary Edition. Details are HERE. Contest will close September 14, 2012 at midnight. More than $4500 in prize money is now up for grabs.





~kc dyer

sweetly tweeting @kcdyer

kcdyer, Saturday March 31, 2012 - 2:25pm
Tags: contest, 2012, poetry

Hello Writers!

As I hope you ALL know, our SiWC 2012 season will get underway tomorrow with the opening of our 2012 Writing Contest. Details can be found on the contest page here:

We have a couple of wonderful changes to announce this year. For the first time ever, you'll be able to submit AND pay for your entries online, courtesy of the PayPal link you'll find on the right side of the contest page. 

We've also got some exciting news for our poets -- contest entry length has been extended, due to popular demand. Now, instead of a 40 line limit, the length of eligible poems has been extended to 100 lines per entry.

We still welcome poems of...

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:

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!