Happy new year!
It's 2011, and the SiWC 2011 countdown is on! In nine and a half months, we'll be sharing our new baby, the 19th annual SiWC. In the next few months, we'll start posting information about this year's conference as we confirm the details. For those of you who are new to us, there are lots of ways to stay in the loop. We'll let you know about updates here in the blog, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter. You can follow us @siwctweets. Do you receive our e-newsletter? We don't send them out often, so we won't clutter your inbox, but it's a terrific way to stay up-to-date on the latest news. You can sign up under "news" on the left sidebar menu.
In the meantime, for many of you, it's resolution time. Have you made some new writing goals for this year? I read...
Wishing all our readers a wonderful holiday filled with joy. May the new year bring you endless writing inspiration and the time to write.
Our 19th annual conference runs October 21-23, 2011, with master classes on the 20th. Why not make it your new year's resolution to attend? We'd love to see you.
We'll be offline for a few days here at SiWC Central to spend some time with our families, but we'll be back soon. See you then!
Happy New Year!
Judging by the evaluation forms you filled out - and thank you thank you thank you for making the effort; we take them VERY seriously - lots of you loved the chance to meet like-minded colleagues at the conference. (We've heard a whole lot about table 7, for example; some fun was had there, for sure. And we know that wasn't the only place.)
We love that you find new writing buddies when you come to SiWC. But no need to wait until next year if you haven't found just the right group yet. Why not find one here in our comments? Looking for a local writing group to meet with in the flesh? Want an online buddy system to keep you motivated and share your work with? Hoping there's another memoir writer/poet/romance novelist/fantasy writer/whatever you may be out there looking...
Did you miss getting a handout in one of your workshops at SiWC 2010 this year? You may be in luck!
Some of our SiWC 2010 presenters have provided us with digital copies of their handouts so you can get the ones you missed. If the one you're looking for isn't there, chances are it's available directly from the presenter on his or her website - check them out!
Our handout page is here: http://www.siwc.ca/presnotes/index.html It's a password-protected page for SiWC attendees only. The user name is siwc. Take a wild stab at what Chris Mathieson presentation topic is the (two words together as one) password, but if trying to figure it out makes you see red dots in front of your eyes, email me at the usual - kathychung at...
Looking to relive a little of the excitement of SiWC 2010? Wish you'd been able to go, and wonder what it was like?
Thanks to our resident shutter bug, Ursula Maxwell-Lewis, photos from this year's conference are now up on our site here: http://www.siwc.ca/photos
Attendee Carol Garvin has added a few shots to our Facebook page, too. You'll find them here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Surrey-BC/Surrey-International-Writers-Conference-SiWC/343986316665?v=photos
Do you have photos to share? We'd love to see them!
A couple of days ago, we brought you SiWC thoughts from one of our longest-serving board members; today, I have a few from one of our newest. Shilo has been with the conference for some time, volunteering and being a part of things, but she was a new face on our board this year, joining Camille in the mammoth task of volunteer wrangling, which she managed to do while finishing nursing school and starting a brand new job. Pretty impressive! Here are some of her thoughts on SiWC in her own words:
As I sit down to write this, I am still feeling overwhelmed by my experiences at SiWC 2010. The conference is always incredible, but this year seemed extra special. At the end of the weekend, I was exhausted, but more creatively energized than ever. From the feedback I have heard, I’m not...
SiWC's beloved MC, shown here sporting a lovely tiara instead of deely boppers or devil horns - she is mutli-faceted, our Carol - has put together some thoughts about SiWC 2010 for you. You may not know that in addition to being the best MC in the history of MCs (and if you've been to SiWC, you KNOW that's an accurate assessment of her talents), Carol is also an original SiWC board member, one of the core of people who've been around since the very earliest days of our conference. Here are some of her thoughts about SiWC 2010, in her own words:
SiWC 2010: From the M.C.’s Point of View …
Many special memories having been bouncing in my head since the SiWC 2010 conference. Every year when I sashay to the podium to say, “Good morning, and welcome to the Surrey...
It's Tuesday afternoon, and I am finally coming out of the post-conference fog. Sort of.
SiWC 2010 is over, the hotel lobby is back to being a hotel lobby, and all our attendees and presenters have gone, back to their families and lives and other commitments.
Thank you to all our attendees for coming, for sharing your ideas, for helping to create the warm, friendly atmosphere we all love so much at SiWC. Several presenters commented to me about the great attendees we have, and I agree.
Do you have pictures and stories from this year that you'd like to share? We'd love to see and hear them. Share links here in the comments or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.
Just a few more days now until SiWC kicks off with master classes on Thursday, October 21!
There is still room in all registration packages, but take note! Online registration will end at the end of the day on Tuesday, October 19. After that, you'll have to register by phone or in person at the conference.
Still thinking about registering? Appointments are getting very heavily booked, so don't delay. Registering before the conference is your only way to guarantee getting an appointment. At the conference, remaining appointments are first-come, first-served basis each day, and bookings stop when all appointments for the day are full.
A note about making appointments in person: if you plan to book an appointment at the conference, you can only do so ...
Wow. You people (you'll note I say that as if I'm not one of you, when, in fact, I am...) have a talent for leaving things to the last minute! I suppose it only makes sense that writers respond to deadlines.
We had a terrific registration rush leading up to the end of the month and the switch to our regular prices, but for those of you who haven't registered yet, never fear! We still have space available for all registration options from one day to the whole conference and in almost all our master classes, too. We'll keep registration open until the conference or until we sell out, whichever comes first. Given the numbers, if you know you want to come, don't wait too long to sign up!