SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Wednesday June 24, 2015 - 12:53pm
Tags: #siwc15

Brand new at #SiWC15 is the SiWC Unconference.

What is an unconference? It’s a mini conference-within-a-conference, a quick-moving, exciting opportunity to learn new stuff and, for some of you, to teach. Our unconference will offer selected SiWC attendees 15 minutes to share their expertise on a variety of topics.

This event arose out of the understanding that we have hundreds of attendees who know a great deal about a variety of stuff, and that many of you would love a chance to share your expertise with your peers, something lots of you have told us on our annual conference evaluation forms.

We are now open to submissions from people who would like to participate in the SiWC Unconference. Is that you?

The unconference is open only to SiWC...

kcdyer, Tuesday June 16, 2015 - 11:08am

We LOVE when our writers find their stories between the pages of a book, and today, celebrations are in order for one of our own.

Kathleen Bullock, who won Honourable Mention in the Writing For Young People contest in 2007, has had her first Middle Grade novel released -- just yesterday. Check out this beautiful cover!

You can find it HERE on Amazon.

HUGE congratulations go out to Kathleen -- enjoy your new baby book!



kc dyerDirector,   FindingFraser.comkcdyer@siwc.casweetly tweeting @kcdyer


KathyChung, Wednesday June 3, 2015 - 9:32pm

What a day!

With three hours left in the day here in Surrey, we are absolutely thrilled to note this has already been our best ever opening day of registration. Thank you to all who took the time to register today; it's supremely gratifying to see the registrations fly in on the first day, and we so appreciate you. 

Remember, if you haven't registered yet, you can still benefit from our special June pricing until the end of the month. Space remains in all our registration packages and master classes except Jack Whyte's Manuscript Critique class, which sold out in the first few hours of registration today. 

More soon, but first, we're going to step away from the computer for tonight and revel in the day's successes. 

KathyChung, Tuesday June 2, 2015 - 10:10am

It's time!

One more day until #SiWC15 registration opens on Wednesday, June 3rd at noon Pacific. 

Wondering whether SiWC is for you? Our attendees range from beginning writers who've just started putting pen to paper to multi-bestselling authors. If you write fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, we have workshops to suit you, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional. 

SiWC prides istelf on offering a warm, collegial environment. Committing to attending a conference means you're committed to learning and improving your craft, and that puts us all in the same boat, beginners and bestsellers alike....

KathyChung, Wednesday May 6, 2015 - 10:09am
Tags: #siwc15

Hello, all!

More big news from SiWC Central! We've posted our workshop schedule for the year. Check it out!

We've got something for everyone, including sessions on the craft and business of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, memoir, the writing life, self-publishing and traditional publishing, research skills, and more.

We'll continue adding details over the coming weeks, so check back often.

Remember, registration opens June 3. Mark your calendars!


siwcadmin, Wednesday April 29, 2015 - 5:34pm


If you follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed us asking you to stay tuned for a big #siwc15 reveal today. And HERE IT IS!

We are thrilled to share this year's presenter roster with you. We'll have the bios up on our presenter page soon, but for now, here's a peek at the list. We hope you're as excited about it as we are!

Laura Bradford Paige Wheeler Chris (CC) Humphreys Kat Brzozowski Howard White Beverly Jenkins Naomi Davis A.J. Banner Susanna Kearsley Jess Finkelstein Q Lindsey Barrett Mary Robinette Kowal Abigail Gehring Kate Braid Shaena Lambert Michael Katz Simon Clews Carrie Mac Holly Lorincz Eileen Cook Liza Palmer Chip MacGregor Peter Darbyshire Gigi Pandian Jill Marr Sean Cranbury Arleen Paré Laurie McLean Danika Dinsmore Anne Perry Wes Miller...
KathyChung, Wednesday April 8, 2015 - 2:19pm

The first newsletter of SiWC 2015 is out! If you're on our list, you should see it in your inbox soon. It's always available on our newsletter page here, too:

Happy reading!

kcdyer, Wednesday April 1, 2015 - 12:55pm

Ladies and Gentlemen ... start your engines! The 23rd annual Surrey International Writers' Conference contest is officially running.

This year, we have decided to focus our energies on the Storyteller's Award, so we will be accepting fiction entries of 2500-5000 words only. Winner collects $1000 in prize money and more! Check out all the details HERE on our contest page. If you have a question, email me at

Contest closes at midnight, September 18, 2015.

Start your spring off with our four favourite words: This Day We Write!



kc dyer, #SiWC15 Contest Coordinatorwww.kcdyer.comsweetly tweeting @kcdyer
kcdyer, Tuesday March 31, 2015 - 3:24pm

The SiWC Society Board has been involved this year with the formation of this new postion. Here are the details:

Call for Applications, City of Surrey Poet Laureate

The City of Surrey in partnership with Surrey Libraries, Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Surrey Arts Services, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Arts Council of Surrey, Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Semiahmoo Arts, and Surrey Muse is seeking applications for the inaugural position of Poet Laureate. Surrey’s Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador for the City of Surrey and the people of Surrey, advocating for literacy and the literary arts and helping to raise the status of poetry, language, and the arts in the everyday consciousness of Surrey residents....

kcdyer, Friday March 27, 2015 - 11:37pm

Happy springtime!

Things are warming up all over, and no more so than here at SiWC Central, where we are shedding our winter layers and welcoming some writing-in-the-sun time.

Our writing contest opens up this year on April 1st. Have you got an entry ready for us yet? If not, there's still time -- contest deadline this year is midnight, September 18th.

You'll notice a change in our guidelines this year -- we are only accepting entries in the Storyteller category, which encompasses any piece of short fiction, 2500-5000 words. If you've written a short story lately, why not give the contest a whirl? Entry fees have not been raised in over a decade, and the return is excellent. First prize is $1000 and publication on the front page of our website.