SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Monday September 27, 2010 - 1:49pm
Tags: siwc, WOTS

SiWC board members Carol, kc, and Ursula and I spent the day down at Word on the Street at Library Square in Vancouver yesterday, meeting tonnes of people and telling them all about our conference. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. It was great to see so many people out and hear so much positive stuff about our conference. If you're visiting our site for the first time after meeting us yesterday, welcome! For you and for all of our regular readers, too, here are a few shots of what the day was like for us, all taken by the wonderful Ursula Maxwell-Lewis:


We woke up to pouring rain, so were very pleasantly surprised when it stopped - except for the odd sprinkle - by the time the event got started. Here's the main stage, right outside the library,...

KathyChung, Thursday September 23, 2010 - 4:15pm

Happy fall, everyone! Mother Nature has cooperated by providing a very West Coast fall day to kick things off. Nothing like a few gray skies to make the possibility of a prize seem even better...


Thanks to everyone who got their registrations in during the summer. We appreciate it!

Just remember that if you haven't had a chance to register yet, early bird prices are still in effect for another week, until the end of the month. Sign up soon!

If you were organized to register in the spring (gasp! - you people are amazing) or in the summer (hey, not too shabby either. It's hard to be productive in the summer!), you were automatically entered in our end-of-summer book draw.

The winner was decided by a random number generator, so blame it, not me, if you...

KathyChung, Monday September 20, 2010 - 1:00pm

About time we did another draw, don't you think?

According to my calendar, this Thursday marks the first day of fall in this part of the world, so it's time to celebrate the end of summer.

Everyone who has registered for SiWC by the end of the day (23:59:59) on Wednesday will be entered in a draw for a wonderful book prize to celebrate your organizational skills in completing your registration for a fall conference before fall begins. If you're planning to register before early bird registration ends on the 30th, why not do it now and get in the draw?

All you non-procrastinators who registered before our last draw are automatically in this one, too. Your early registration gets you in for the second time in a row. It pays to be organized!


KathyChung, Monday September 20, 2010 - 12:19pm
Tags: ride share

Need a ride? Want to share ferry costs or gas expenses to SiWC? Like the idea of cutting your carbon footprint by carpooling? You've come to the right place.


Use the comments section below to post your ride share needs. As with the room share blog, we offer this space to post ride share requests as a convenience, but have no involvement in the process at all, so please do your homework and ask all the questions you need to ask to feel comfortable sharing a trip with someone. Have fun; be safe!


KathyChung, Saturday September 18, 2010 - 1:46pm

Fall book season is upon us, and with it, this year, more video trailers than ever for new releases.

Among the offerings are these two Very Intriguing trailers from long-time SiWC supporters Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte. Check them out! 



Looking forward to both these books! Know of other SiWC presenter book trailers? Tell us about them in the comments.

KathyChung, Tuesday September 14, 2010 - 12:49pm

Well, well, well... We have some BRILLIANT attendees following us online.

As you may know, we’ve been running a “guess the theme” contest the last couple of months, dropping very vague, very sneaky clues wherever you find us online. Guesses have been coming into my email, and I am excited to report that WE HAVE A WINNER!

Actually, we have two. Two of the guesses came VERY close on their own, but just didn’t quite capture the theme, according to our judges. Put the two together, and you’ve got as close a solution as our evidence is ever likely to produce. Our board was unanimous that these two add up to our winner. That means that TWO lucky guessers will win a book prize they can pick up at the conference.

The amazing thing to me is that one of those people was the...

kcdyer, Monday September 13, 2010 - 8:02pm

CBC Literary Awards are now taking submissions, and according to the website this evening, you have 49 days left to submit.


This means the deadline is November 1, 2010. More details can be found at the site HERE:, and even if you don't plan to submit, it's well worth a good look around. There are tips for writers, links to other writing organizations, events and festivals [including our conference], and even a chance to have your writing workshopped by professionals before you enter.

You can follow the CBC Literary Awards on Facebook and twitter...well, heck, let's hear it from the folks behind the awards themselves:


A message from...

KathyChung, Friday September 10, 2010 - 8:30am

Just a quick reminder that today, September 10, 2010, is the day. Entries for the SiWC Writing Contest must be submitted by 4pm pacific time today to be eligible for the contest.


Get your entries in!


Sure, deadlines are stressful. But $1000 prizes in each category are worth a little sweat. And hearing your work praised in front of a ballroom full of people? Priceless!


Check out all the guidelines on our contest page:


Good luck!

KathyChung, Tuesday September 7, 2010 - 8:46pm

Spotlight on… is a new blog feature we’ll be running over the next few weeks, introducing you to some of the great stuff we have going on for writers in every field. Many of our workshops are terrific for many different types of writers, but for this feature, we’re pulling out just a few examples of what we have specifically for you among our 70 workshops. If you know someone who writes what we’re spotlighting, please give them the link. Remember, our early bird registration prices are in place until the end of the day on September 30.


First up, FILM.


Attention, screenwriters and filmmakers! This year’s SiWC has a LOT to offer you. Check it out!


On Thursday, Sleepless in Seattle writer    ...

KathyChung, Sunday September 5, 2010 - 11:02am

Attention all last-minute people, worried about getting your fees in on time for this year's SiWC Writing Contest.


We've updated our guidelines to reflect the fact that your mailed entries and fees and mailed fees for emailed entries must both be POSTMARKED by September 10. If you were panicking because the guidelines said we had to receive your cheque by the 10th, you can breathe just a little easier. The POSTMARK is the key.


Remember, the 10th is THIS COMING FRIDAY! Get your entries in soon. Prizes are amazing - $1000 first prize in each category - and this could be your year!