SiWC Blog

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...

KathyChung, Tuesday October 25, 2011 - 12:05pm

SiWC is over for another year. Here at SiWC Central, we're still deep in the midst of the post-conference information-overload hangover, not quite able to put together coherent sentences with any confidence. So with apologies for my own inability to think clearly, I simply want to say thank you.

Thank you to our presenters, for inspiring us and teaching us and talking with us, for being such great sports, for getting us and diving right in. We couldn't do it without you.

Thank you to our attendees, for coming and sharing your writing and your energy, for being excited and interested and open to new ideas, for embracing all SiWC has to offer and supporting our conference, and for honouring your own writing by giving yourself the time to come and focus on your...

KathyChung, Sunday October 16, 2011 - 11:16am
Tags: siwc

Terrific blog post today from SiWC alum, board member, contest coordinator, former conference coordinator, presenter, and all-round amazing person kc dyer. Wondering what SiWC is like? Check out her post here:



KathyChung, Thursday October 13, 2011 - 10:52am
Tags: SiWC 2011

Nearly there! We're just one week away from this year's SiWC.

Registration will stay open until October 18 online, and then will re-open on-site, so you still have time to sign up. If you're coming, do think about registering online ahead of time. It'll make the difference between standing in the very quick, pick-up-your-package line at the conference and the slower registration line. When you're raring to go, the quick line is a great place to be.

Looking for a little pre-conference inspiration and excitement? I did a little wander around on Google and pulled just a few random blog posts about past SiWCs. Check them out!


KathyChung, Tuesday October 11, 2011 - 11:52am
Tags: ride share

 Just a little more than a week until SiWC kicks off. Hard to believe it's nearly here already!

Some of you have already made good use of our room share blog. Still looking for a roommate to share hotel costs? Add to the comment trail here.

Looking for a carpool buddy to share a cab from the airport or the cost of bringing your car over on the ferry or to share your daily commute to the conference from somewhere in the Lower Mainland? The comments thread on this post is the place to look.

As with the room share blog, we offer this space as a courtesy and are not involved in the process or responsible for who posts, so please use your common sense and be careful when you make connections.