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...
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: http://www.kcdyer.com/blog/2011/10/16/surrey.html
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!
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.
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner!
Congratulations to CHERYL ANGST!
Your book prize will be waiting for you at the registration desk at SiWC next month.
Thank you to all who submitted guesses. You certainly added lots of entertainment to my inbox the last few days.
In the end, only one person came close to the right answer, and she got it right on the nose.
And so, without further ado, I can reveal that our theme for Saturday night this year is
Fantasy: World of Imagination
The whole world of fantasy is yours for the taking when it comes to costumes for Saturday night. Get out your hobbit feet, your elf ears, or your fairy wings, or use that imagination of yours and come up with something...
There's no shortage of very creative guesses showing up in my email, but so far, you're all off the mark. Keep at it. One more day to win while everyone else is stumped! Then I'll have to increase the hints so we can get a winner.
Here's what you should be aware of so far:
The contest is a puzzle, but the solution, not the puzzle itself, is the theme.
All the bits can be moved around individually (ie they're not stuck in pairs if you found them that way) and are not case sensitive.
We're a writers' conference, so the correct answer is something that would allow people to select costumes that relate to books if they want to dress up on Saturday night.
And yes, as reader/participant Aven pointed out to me on Facebook because I hadn't noticed it...
Guesses have been coming in fast and furious for the theme contest, but I have to tell you, not a single one has come close.
Keep trying! (Yes, you may enter more than once.)
To help you out, I've made the hints more visible. You'll find them where we keep the people. (Howzat for a hint?)
There's a puzzle element to this. Can you put the pieces together?
Email your guesses to me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.
Just a month from now, hundreds of us will gather in Surrey for the 19th annual Surrey International Writers' Conference. We have SO much fun stuff planned. Will you be there?
As always, our Saturday night banquet will be your chance to enjoy whatever kind of evening you like best. Will you stick with your conference casual duds? Maybe pull on a skirt or a button-down shirt? Or will you join the brave, the outgoing, the outlandish and wear a costume that goes along with our theme night? It's up to you! We just know some of you have been waiting for a chance to pull one of your favourite costumes out of the closet or for an excuse to make a visit to youf favourite thrift store to put a new costume together. But first, you must identify our theme.
We are subtle...
It's nearly time...
Wondering which of your myriad costumes will best serve your needs on SiWC Saturday night, if you're a costume-y kind of writer?
Wondering when you'll get a chance to be The Winner and identify our Saturday night theme?
Wonder just a little longer, friends. But it's coming. Soon...
Have you been meaning to register for SiWC this year, but haven't done it yet? Get on it this week and save a few dollars.
Early bird prices expire at the end of the day (that's 11:59:59pm Pacific) on September 15. That's THIS Thursday. (I _know_! How can it be the middle of September already?!)
In honour of the deadline, I'll do a book draw on Friday for everyone who registers by the end of early bird. Yes, that counts all you super early birds, too. Hear that, BJ? :)