Neither can we! Kathy Chung will be announcing the registration opening date very soon.
But if you just can't wait, here's a way to slake your conference thirst. The Canadian Authors Association national conference is being held in beautiful Victoria, BC this year from June 24-27th. A number of old friends of SiWC [Anthony Dalton, Bernice Lever, Lois Peterson and me] will be presenting. Keynote speakers will include well-known authors Patrick Taylor and Richard Wagamese, and there are tons of activities planned -- make sure to check it out!
Details HERE, or contact Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator at 604-943-9247, or email:
Plans for 2010 are coming together well. Here at SiWC Central, we are SO excited about all that's going on. Keep your eyes on this space, because there's big news coming soon... Very Big News.
Did I say that loudly enough? Perhaps I should put it in bold. Very Big News. Coming soon! I wish I could tell you now, but I will. Soon. I promise.
To tide you over until then, here's a bit of news I'm tremendously excited about, a brand new presenter. Meet Ivan Coyote.
Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of five collections of short stories, one novel, two CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last fifteen...
2010 SiWC presenter Jay Lake brings us this to-the-point writing tip:
"I only have one rule of writing. Everything else is a guideline. Sort of like the Pirate Code.
1. Write more."
Easier said than done? If you're following Jennifer Crusie's advice, linked in our last Tips 'n' Tricks post, then you're probably already writing more. But if you're struggling to define what "write more" means for you, check out Jay's specifics on his blog here.
What are your best writing tips? Feel free to post them in the comments below. Maybe you'll inspire someone to get over writers' block or finally finish that WIP.
Well, hello! Happy Monday.
It's a Meet-the-Presenter day here on the SiWC blog. How about an author this time, brand new to SiWC?
Meet Julia Quinn.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.
Ms. Quinn is a ten-...
Every once in awhile, I read something that makes me sit back and really think about writing and about making it a priority in a busy life. Because we all have busy lives, don't we? Thanks to our own kc dyer, I read something this morning that got me thinking, written by past SiWC presenter Jennifer Crusie.
You can read it here. I think you'll be glad you did. Share your thoughts here in the comments. Is it possible to make how you spend your time match your priorities? Have you tried?
Well, hello again, and happy Monday to you!
Time to tell you about another of the terrific presenters we have coming to SiWC in October.
Let me introduct you to agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe
Joanna Stampfel-Volpe is an agent with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation.
She is looking for juvenile (up to YA) fiction and non-fiction, adult genre and mainstream fiction and some nonfiction areas. She accepts hard copy or e-mail queries.
Joanna's specific interests are chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, paranormal, romantic, humor, post-apocalyptic, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), adult romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (urban...
It's been a terrific week for Surrey and for SiWC mentions this week. Check out some of these links.
Beloved SiWC MC and board member Carol Monaghan is profiled in the Peace Arch News here. Anyone who's seen Carol in her cape or her devil horns won't be the least bit surprised by the mention of an over-the-top sequined dress, but who knew she could bake, too? Multi-talented, our Carol.
Harvinder Sandhu profiles some of the great stuff Surrey has to offer - including SiWC; thanks, Harvinder! - in the Surrey Now here.
Longtime attendee and...
Were you at SiWC 2004? Did you carry a camera around? We're on the hunt for the photographer who submitted this shot to our website:
Was it you? We're hoping to get a hi-res version, so if it's your shot, we'd love to hear from you. You can comment here or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.
Today's short and sweet writing tip comes to us from 2010 presenter Joanna Bourne (thanks, Jo!), who offers a quotation:
Plot will get you through times with no prose better than prose will get you through times with no plot. James Macdonald
Share your thoughts about prose versus plot in the comments thread below.
Terrific SiWC board meeting last night. A little SiWC tidbit for you: Did you know that SiWC is run mostly by volunteers? They're an amazing bunch and give a huge amount of time and energy to make SiWC what it is.
On the way home in the car after the meeting, I was switching radio stations, looking for something I felt like listening to, and I happened across an interview with one of the actors from a brand new movie that's connected to one of our presenters this year. So instead of reaching in my hat for a name to bring you today, I decided to take my cue from that interview and introduce you to Luke Ryan.
Luke Ryan is the Senior Vice President of Production at MGM.
He arrived in Hollywood in 2000 and has had a diverse career,...