Systems are ready, people are ready, and the wait will soon be over.
SiWC 2011 registration will open on Tuesday, June 7 at noon. (That's our noon, here at SiWC Central in the Pacific time zone.)
Remember, for the first time EVER, this year, we're offering you the chance to book at LAST YEAR'S PRICES in JUNE only. And registering early also gives you the best selection of blue pencil cafe and pitch appointments, if you're planning to make them.
Register online at http://www.siwc.ca/2011/registration or by phone or mail (please be aware that Canada Post is currently affected by rolling strike action at the time of writing this on Saturday, June 4. You should check their status...
Been wondering what master classes you can choose from? Wonder no longer! Our master classes have now been posted. Check out our master class page (http://www.siwc.ca/schedule/2011/thursday) for details.
This is not the first time our plans for SiWC have made me wish I could be in more than one place at the same time, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I think you'll feel the same way when you check out the nine amazing options. Last year's three-time-slot schedule for master classes was hugely popular with many of you, so we're bringing it back. You can take up to three master classes this year, with classes available at 9:30am, 1:30pm, and 5:30pm.
And we haven't forgotten about our beginners. Just starting to dip...
Well, hello. Welcome to Wednesday. If you're Canadian and anything like me, you're off by at least a day, thanks to the long weekend. But it is Wednesday, and I'm pleased to bring you a few more presenters for SiWC 2011.
Say hello to Ian Weir, Kris Rothstein, Robert McCammon, and Cricket Freeman.
New to SiWC this year is Ian Weir. Ian is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist. Daniel O’Thunder, published in 2009, was a finalist for four awards: the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Canadian Authors Association Award for Fiction.
Among his extensive television credits, he was writer and executive producer of the critically acclaimed CBC gangland miniseries ...
Monday, Monday. Time to pull a few more presenters out of my trusty hat to share with you, don't you think?
Meet Meg Tilly, Wendy Roberts, Terence Young, and kc dyer.
Meg Tilly is the author of two adult novels, Singing Songs (Penguin/Dutton, A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, 1994) and Gemma (St. Martin's Press.) Her first YA novel, Porcupine was released by Tundra/McClelland & Stewart in Sept 2007, and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize, The Canadian Libraries Association Best Children's Book 2008 and Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award 2008 It also was an Ontario Library Top Ten Best Bets 2008. First Time, a reluctant reader, was released by Orca in Nov 2008.
Happy Friday! It's been a (rare so far this spring) sunny day here at SiWC Central, and it has me a little giddy. Hope your day has been similarly sunny. I'd wager it'll get even brighter when you meet the Friday Five I have for you today.
Say hello to Margaret George, Eileen Cook, Nephele Tempest, Michael Slade and Ken Sherman.
Margaret George is the author of six biographical novels, set in the ancient world and Tudor England. They are: The Autobiography of Henry VIII (1986), Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles (1992), The Memoirs of Cleopatra (1997), Mary Called Magdalene (2002), Helen of Troy (2006), and Elizabeth I (2011). All of these have been New York Times bestsellers,...
Welcome Wednesday has rolled around once again. (Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by? SiWC will be here before we know it!)
I have a handful of presenters to introduce to you today. What strikes me about all of them - and all our presenters - is what multi-facted, multi-talented people they are. It's a good reminder to me when I look at their bios: step away from the computer once in awhile and fill the well with other inspirations.
Meet Mary Robinette Kowal, Verna Dreisbach, I.J. Schecter, Kari-Lynn Winters, and Sean Cranbury.
Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have...
Happy Monday to you! Here at SiWC Central, we're settling in for a busy week. First up, of course, is Meet More Monday, a chance to introduce you to another handful of SiWC 2011 presenters. Please give a warm welcome to Patricia Young, Susan Safyan, Kathleen Ortiz, Diana Gabaldon, and Robert Dugoni.
Patricia Young has published ten collections of poetry, most recently "An Auto-erotic History of Swings" with Sono Nis Press. She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for poetry, won the B. C. Book Prize for Poetry , the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, two National Magazine Awards, the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Arc Poem of the Year Prize and the inaugural Rooke-Metcalf Award for a collection...
(With apologies to Five For Fighting for inspiring the subject line.) It's Friday, ladies and gentlemen! Our first newsletter of the year went out yesterday, and we know lots of you are stopping by to see what's new on the site. So why not bring you a few presenters to celebrate the weekend? And yes, for those of you who wondered, each presenter is added to our speaker list - clickable on the left side bar - as I blog them. The full roster will appear there over the next couple of weeks as I introduce them here.
So here we go! Five for Friday, I promised you, and I won't let you down.
Meet Hallie Ephron, Susan Juby, Jill Marr, Jeffery McGraw, and Luke Ryan.
Hallie Ephron is an avid reader, author, and award-winning book reviewer for the BOSTON GLOBE. Her...
I thought it was about time I lifted my head from planning SiWC and had a look around at what else is going on in the world. Lots happening out there, and I thought you might like to know about some of it. Interested? Links below.
The Lower Mainland lost a much-loved blogger this week. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Derek Miller. We didn't know him ourselves, but have an amazing number of "six degrees" connections with him, enough to tell us this guy was something special. Pete Martin of the Vancouver Sun writes about him, and his touching, poignant last blog, here: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/death+foretold+Burnaby+blogger+...
Happy Wednesday to you.
Did you see our last blog? Registration pricing information is UP! Check out the aptly named "Registration/pricing" link in the header for details of this year's packages.
Updates will be coming fast and furiously in the next few weeks. Check back often. Or better yet, follow us @siwctweets, on your blog reader, or on Facebook to keep up with all the news.
In the spirit of fast and furious updates, I'm going to introduce you to four presenters today. We are delighted to welcome them to SiWC. Say hello to editor Kaylan Adair, agent Rita Rosenkranz, and authors Ken Scholes and Jack Whyte.
Kaylan Adair is an editor at Candlewick Press, an independent, employee-owned children’s book publisher located in...