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KathyChung, Tuesday April 17, 2012 - 2:43pm

Another day, another chance to introduce you to a couple of this year's presenters.

This time, the trusty hat gave me two agents. Say hello to Donald Maass and Carly Watters.


A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass’s agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (2001), Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook (2004) and The Fire in Fiction (2009). His latest book, The Breakout Novelist: Craft and Strategies for Career Fiction Writers, was released last March. He is a past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc.

Welcome back,  Don!


Carly Watters represents a...

KathyChung, Monday April 16, 2012 - 3:40pm

Happy Monday! Thought I'd pop in and introduce you to a couple more presenters this afternoon. What say you? Time to reach into the hat again? I think so...

Man, it's hard to do this randomly. There are so many great people to tell you about. But the hat rules with an iron... ummm, maybe not. It is just a hat. But it holds the future of this blog post in its han- er, hmmm. Maybe I should get to it. Here we go!

First up today, say hello to Mary Balogh.

Mary Balogh grew up in Wales and moved to Kipling, Saskatchewan, more than forty years ago on what was supposed to be a two-year teaching contract. She stayed to marry and raise a family of three, to teach high school English and ultimately to put into practice her lifelong dream of being a novelist....

KathyChung, Friday April 13, 2012 - 4:18pm

The time has come, ladies and gentlemen, to start letting you in on some of our exciting plans for this year by introducing you to some of our presenters. I know you've been waiting - some of you more patiently than others - for the details. So I figured tonight, I'd share at least a couple with you.

But where to start? How do I pick? The only fair thing to do, I think, is to put all the names in a hat. So I've done that, and I'm going to pull out two names to tell you about tonight...

First up, this year, thanks to the trusty hat, is a new agent to us. Please give a warm welcome to Laura Bradford:

Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to...

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...