SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Monday June 27, 2011 - 4:48pm

We are pleased to announce an addition to our roster for this year. Welcome publisher Brian Hades.

As a boy, Brian Hades took to the family business with precocious fervor, even when it meant wearing a top hat with a rabbit hidden in it. Yes, more than half-a-century ago, the grey-haired, pony-tailed 58-year-old publisher of science-fiction and fantasy novels began his working life as a magician. Not just any magician, mind you, but a magician from a family of magicians; a child prodigy who was entertaining Calgarians by the age of seven.

He made birds disappear, pulled rabbits from his hat. Then, at the peak of his powers, he gave it all up.

"I retired at the age of 14 after seven years of service," he says, "My father had this idea that I was...

KathyChung, Tuesday June 14, 2011 - 10:15am
Tags: registration

Many thanks to all the people who made our first week of registration so exciting. It's terrific to see so many people from so many different places coming to join us in Surrey, BC, this fall. So far, we have registrants from all over BC, AB, SK, ON, QC, WA, OR, CA, CO, NC, TN, and TX, and that's just in the first week!

As promised, our first book draw of the season celebrates our first week of registration. Thanks to the services of a first random number generator, this year's first winner is...


...(sorry, BJ, maybe next time)...


Máirín Fisher-Fleming 

Máirín, we'll have a book with your name on it waiting for you at the registration desk at the conference. Congratulations!

More draws and contests to come...

KathyChung, Friday June 10, 2011 - 2:01pm

So, have you registered for SiWC yet?

About time we had an attendee draw, don't you think? I'll give you a couple of days to get in on it, but if you register by 23:59:59 on Monday night (PDT), I'll put your name in a hat with all the first week registrants for a great book prize you can pick up when you arrive at the conference. Is there much writers like better than free books? I love 'em!

If you're already registered, you're in. And as a bonus for registering early, you're automatically in on any future draws, so more chances for free books!

KathyChung, Thursday June 9, 2011 - 5:56pm
Tags: workshops

Happy Wednesday!

I'm pleased to tell you that many of our workshop details are now posted. Check out the details by day on the left side bar menu here at Click workshop details at the top of each day page to see the full list of workshops for the day.

We'll add more information as it becomes available, but most of the workshops now have descriptions. Enjoy!

KathyChung, Monday June 6, 2011 - 12:59pm

Just one more day until SiWC registration opens at NOON, JUNE 7.

Don't forget to register early to take advantage of the opportunity to lock in last year's prices in June only.

Wondering what to expect from this year's presenters? Our workshop titles are now available! Check out conference details on the left sidebar menu here at Detailed descriptions to come, so check, back over the coming weeks for those, but the tentative schedule is up and will give you a good idea of what we have in store.



KathyChung, Saturday June 4, 2011 - 1:16pm

It's official!

It's set!

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 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...

KathyChung, Monday May 30, 2011 - 10:35am
Tags: Master Class

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 ( 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...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 25, 2011 - 1:00pm

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 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 ...

KathyChung, Monday May 16, 2011 - 5:48pm

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.

Tilly is...

KathyChung, Friday May 13, 2011 - 8:44pm

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,...