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kcdyer, Friday April 1, 2016 - 1:01am

The 2016 SiWC Writing Contest is now accepting entries!

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You could win $1000! Details can be found HERE.

Questions? Email

Tell us a story...



kcdyer, SiWC Contest Coordinatorwww.kcdyer.comsweetly tweeting @kcdyer


kcdyer, Wednesday March 23, 2016 - 2:10pm


Writers! Are you revving your engines? Are you tying up your laces and knees-up running in place? ARE YOU READY????

The 2016 SiWC Writing Contest will open April 1, 2016. It's almost time!

This year we have a new little twist to offer -- the winners of the contest will be given the opportunity to have their work published in PULP LITERATURE magazine, plus a few other little special extras. You can find all the details HERE on our Rules and Regs page.

Have a story idea, but not down on paper yet? No problem. We will be accepting entries...

KathyChung, Tuesday January 26, 2016 - 9:33am

Hey Gang,

Just a brief post this morning to let you know that you can already book your hotel room for SiWC16 at our conference rate. 

You'll find hotel information and the link to our group online booking page here:

Later this year, we'll post our annual room sharing blog for those of you who want to find roommates. Please note that the hotel sells out on some nights every year of our conference.

More soon!



KathyChung, Wednesday November 18, 2015 - 11:10am
Tags: siwc15, photos, blogs

Wondering what it's like to be at SiWC? Or maybe you were there and you're suffering a little SiWC withdrawal? We have just the thing for you! We've started to round up blogs we've encountered about #SiWC15. Check some of them out here. Have a blog you'd like to add to our list? Email Kathy at with the link. And please don't forget to share your pictures with us, too, at We'd love to see them. 

Thanks to all who took the time to write about their SiWC experience this year. We appreciate it!

Rose Phillips's conference experience: http://...

KathyChung, Tuesday October 27, 2015 - 12:56pm
Tags: siwc15

Huge, heartfelt thanks to everyone who came to SiWC this year. We owe the magic of our event to all of you, attendees, presenters, volunteers, vendors, and hotel staff alike. We could NOT do this without you, and your joyful participation makes all our hard work worthwhile. 

THANK YOU. Thank you. Thank you.

Want to keep sharing the love? Please send any photos and video clips you're willing to share to We'd love to see them, and we'll have a prize in a month or so for someone who sends their pictures in.


kcdyer, Friday October 9, 2015 - 11:37pm


Hey, so if you entered a story in our contest this year, CHECK YOUR EMAIL. I have just notified the short-listed authors -- all eleven of you -- and I need to know that you know.

We ask that our shortlisted authors keep their celebrations quiet until our contest winners are announced on Friday, October 23, to help us preserve the blind aspect of our judging. It's a small writing world out there on the internet, for sure, for sure.

Best of luck to those shortlisted, and THANK YOU to all the writers who entered this contest. Please know that your contest entrance fee goes 100% to support SiWC, helping us bring you the BEST writing professionals in the world.

See you in two weeks -- This Day We...

KathyChung, Friday October 9, 2015 - 1:00pm
Tags: #siwc15

Hello! I have a message for you from our volunteer coordinator, Jared. Read on! And see you in just two weeks!

Drivers Needed!   We are looking for some friendly, experienced drivers to provide transportation for conference presenters. In particular we have some early (early!) trips from the hotel to the airport on Sunday and Monday as well as some airport-to-hotel rides on Wednesday and Thursday. Drivers will be reimbursed $20 per trip to help offset their fuel costs.   If you’re not available for driving but you’d like to help out the conference we’d still like to hear from you!   Please use the contact form here to get in touch. Don't forget to select volunteering from the drop down menu! Our...
kcdyer, Saturday October 3, 2015 - 6:38pm

Hey Guys!

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Just a quick note here -- we are putting together the final pages of our conference brochure for this year. It is, as always, a thing of beauty, loaded with information about every element of the conference, and distributed to every attendee, presenter, volunteer and advertiser at our event. We do a print run of more than 1000 copies, and this is your LAST chance to get your ad into all those industry hands.

Pricing is very reasonable and the success rate for ads is high. [One editor who advertised last year told me that she got two job requests the FIRST day of the conference last year, which covered the cost of the ad two times over. So, yanno -- it's a great...

KathyChung, Friday October 2, 2015 - 9:09am


We're writers, too, so we know some of you need a deadline to get stuff done. Here's a big one for you. Pre-conference registration for #SiWC15 will close Friday, October 16 at 5pm Pacific UNLESS we sell out by then, which is a distinct possibility. 

So far, this has been our best registration year EVER. We've never been this close to selling out by three weeks before the conference (writers really do love to procrastinate!), so if you're planning to come, don't leave it much longer. We don't want you to miss out! (Also, this is SO exciting for us here at SiWC Central. Every time we check the numbers, we see a new to-date record set. It's AWESOME! Thank you to all our registrants for adding to our enjoyment.)

In the event we don't sell out by...

KathyChung, Tuesday September 29, 2015 - 11:19am

Like our annual room share blog, this one's all about the comments. Looking for someone to share a ride or a cab from the airport or the ferry terminal? Post in the comments. Want to carpool from other parts of YVR, the Island, or Seattle? Post that, too. Happy to drive, but looking for someone to ride with you and share gas and parking charges? Ask away.

It's helpful to say whether you are looking to share a cab, be a carpool driver or be a carpool passenger as well as where you'll be coming from (airport, ferry, or elsewhere) and what day(s) and approximate time(s) you're planning on coming and going. Please be smart about your safety. Don't post your address or flight number or other...