SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Tuesday August 9, 2011 - 10:29am

Happy August, ladies and gents!

Those of you paying close attention will notice I'm a day late awarding this book prize. Sorry 'bout that. But never fear, the cut-off date was exactly as promised, with everyone who had registered by the end of August 7 entered to win.

The prize? A book, of course. If you're our lucky winner, your prize will be waiting for you at our registration desk in October.

As usual, I relied on a trusty random number generator to pick the winner, who is...


Hayley Lavik!


Congratulations, Hayley!

And BJ? You don't even want to know how close you were this time. Maybe next time!

More soon!

KathyChung, Thursday July 28, 2011 - 1:56pm

I'm ba-ack! Did you miss me? I was offline for a couple of weeks of holidays. Now that I'm home, the weather is finally starting to hint at being summer-like here at SiWC Central, and for the first time this year, I'm writing a blog post on the patio under a clear blue sky. Lovely!

Registration has been going swimmingly. August 7 will mark two months since we opened our doors, so I'm going to celebrate, because I can, with a book draw. I'll pull a random name or two from the list of everyone who's registered by the end of day on August 7. If you're already on the list, you're in. The sooner your register, the more chances you'll get to have a free book added to your registration package.

Finally for today, I'm so pleased to be able to introduce you to...

KathyChung, Wednesday June 29, 2011 - 9:37pm
Tags: SFU

Our friends at SFU are putting on some great summer programs again this year. What follows is directly from them, in their own words. Note the contest deadline of JUNE 30 (tomorrow!)

Symposium of the Book contest: The deadline is June 30th. Our prizepackage includes a Kobo Reader, tickets to the Vancouver Writers Festival, ahotel stay in Vancouver, tickets to our True Accounts Book Symposium withfive books, and several magazine and newspaper subscriptions.Here is the link with the updated information:

In addition to our publishing workshops, we are also offering severalworkshops for writers that your mailing list may be...

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...