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KathyChung, Tuesday May 3, 2011 - 1:55pm

Our 2011 registration and pricing information is UP! Check out the registration link HERE for his year's information.

We have something very special for all you early birds this year. As well as getting the best choice of appointments, we're also rewarding your early commitment to the conference with savings! Book in June, and you get to LOCK IN last year's prices!

You may know we work on a cost recovery basis, and do our very best to keep our prices as low as possible, and we are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to save a few dollars in June.

Check it out!

More soon... 

KathyChung, Wednesday April 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Is it Wednesday already? I suppose that's what happens when you're a day behind from the beginning of the week!

Three writers came out of the hat today, and I'm delighted to bring you mystery, history, crime and romance in the form of three wonderful women this Welcome Wednesday. A warm wave (sorry, is the alliteration driving you crazy? I can't seem to help myself...) to Anne Perry, Susanna Kearsley, and Elizabeth Boyle.


New York Times Bestseller Anne Perry's publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. This is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer.

In 1990, Anne started a...

KathyChung, Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 1:42pm

I'm a day behind on my week, thanks to the four-day Easter weekend we enjoy in this little corner of the world, so blithely typed "Meet More Monday" before my rural-weekend-relaxed, Monday-morning-on-a-Tuesday mind realized I was a day behind. So, Meet More Monday it is. I like the alliteration better than Meet More Tuesday, don't you?

Either way, I'm excited to bring you three more of this year's presenters, this time a writer, an agent, and a social media maven. (Actually, in truth, they are all three of them writers in this case, but they're coming to us as experts in those three fields.)

Please say hello to Rebecca Bollwitt, Don Calame, and Donald Maass.


Although she built her first website in 1997, Rebecca has been blogging about  life in BC since...

KathyChung, Wednesday April 20, 2011 - 12:44pm

Hello, dear readers!

Feel like meeting a couple more presenters?

A warm, SiWC welcome on this Wednesday to editor extraordinaire Claire Eddy and multi-talented journalist/writer/broadcaster Bruce Dowbiggin.

Bruce Dowbiggin's career has included successful stints in television, radio and print. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster for his work with CBC-TV, he is also a best-selling author and respected journalist.

His extensive experience as a broadcaster has included work with CBC Radio, CBC-TV, CBC Newsworld, where he anchored the coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, and more. His ground-breaking investigations into the life and times of Alan Eagleson led to his selection as the winner...

KathyChung, Monday April 18, 2011 - 12:43pm

No need for Monday to be dull when there are presenters to meet !

But first, have you signed up for our conference email newsletter? If you've ever received one from us before, you're already signed up. Not sure? Sign up today! We will NOT inundate you with email, but a few times a year, fewer than ten, we send out a newsletter to keep you up-to-date on all the SiWC news. Our first newsletter of 2011 will be coming up in the next few weeks.

A random pick from our terrific presenter list came up with a good mix today: a storyteller, a writers' university dean, and a former Green Beret:

A warm SiWC welcome to storyteller Ivan Coyote, agent Laurie McLean, and author Bob Mayer!

Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An...

KathyChung, Tuesday April 12, 2011 - 1:41pm

Happy Tuesday to you. There's a hint of sunshine here on the west coast, and it's put me in a generous mood. And what better way to give than to share not one, not two, but THREE of this year's presenters with you. (Hey, it's our blog, and we'll ramble if we want to! *g*)

Picking names out of a hat this afternoon, I've come up with an author, an agent, and an editor. Pretty good hat action, don't you think? I hope you're as excited to meet them as we are to introduce them to you.

First up, a warm welcome for author Daniel Kalla:

Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and...

KathyChung, Tuesday April 5, 2011 - 12:31pm

Happy Tuesday to you!

Time to say hello to a couple more SiWC 2011 presenters. Today I'm going to introduce you to two: an author and an agent, both new to SiWC.

I'm thrilled to welcome both of them to our conference, and think you will be, too. Meet Robert Wiersema and Amy Burkhardt.


Robert J. Wiersema is the author of Before I Wake, a national bestseller, later published in 12 countries, The World More Full of Weeping (shortlisted for the Prix Aurora) and Bedtime Story, a bestseller in 2010. His latest book, Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen, will be released in 2011.  A respected reviewer and critic, he lives in Victoria, where he is event coordinator at Bolen Books.


KathyChung, Tuesday March 29, 2011 - 1:33pm

It's time, ladies and gentlemen! Can you feel the excitement from all the way over here at SiWC Central? I am absolutely thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of our SiWC 2011 presenters today. Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing you to more new faces and old friends, and after that, we'll begin posting workshop details and all the information you'll need to pick your 2011 registration package and preferred appointments in time for registration. (We'll announce the registration opening date as soon as we confirm it, but it'll likely be in early June again this year.) We've got a great line-up for you this year.

First up, a brand new face for SiWC. Please give a warm welcome to Lawrence Hill.

Lawrence Hill is the author of seven books, including the...

kcdyer, Sunday March 20, 2011 - 12:26pm is one of my favourite S/F blogs, and this week they had a whole lotta love to show for a couple of SiWC favourites.

Want to see Terry Brooks interviewed by Peter Orullian? It's here:


And our buddy Sam Sykes, author of TOME OF...

KathyChung, Monday March 7, 2011 - 11:43am

You may have noticed a few little changes on our site today. Gone, for the moment, are the speakers and workshops for 2010. You know what that means...


Soon, very very soon, we'll start bringing you details of SiWC 2011. Watch this space! We'll be introducing you to some terrific new speakers and old friends, too. And in the coming weeks and months, we'll be adding this year's writing contest information and registration details, too. We have some terrific stuff in store this year, and are so excited to start sharing it with you!


As always, if you have any questions, never hesitate to ask. You can comment here and you can always reach me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.