SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Wednesday June 1, 2016 - 7:05pm
Tags: siwc16

You guys are awesome.

Thank you for making today the best start to SiWC registration in the history of the conference.

It started out a little rocky. As many of you know, for the first time ever, we had glitches. Two, in fact. And because of that, for an agonizing 26 minutes (for us and for you!), nothing was working as it should. SO MUCH STRESS! And then it all got fixed. Woohoo! And you responded in amazing numbers.

When it all settled down, we were so relieved to see that fairness had prevailed. The first thirty people who'd signed up while we were having trouble ended up getting the exact same stuff they tried to register for the first time around. It was a huge weight off our shoulders to know that our glitches didn't actually cost people their spot in the...

KathyChung, Tuesday May 10, 2016 - 9:48am
Tags: siwc16, schedule

We're thrilled to announce that our 2016 workshop schedule is now up on our website. We hope you'll be as excited by it as we are. We have something for every writer, and we hope your biggest problem will be choosing which one session to attend in each time slot. We know that's ours!

We'll add details and more information as we can, but for now, there's more than enough there to get you started. This year, we're offering more content than ever, with eight master classes, including a master class day session for beginning writers, 79 workshops and panels, our unconference (details to come), open mic opportunities, keynote speeches, blue pencil and pitch appointments, Shock Theatre, and more. Simply click on each day button on our schedule page to see the workshops and panels for...

KathyChung, Thursday April 7, 2016 - 10:21am
Tags: siwc16

We set a challenge the other day: get us to 1000 Twitter followers and we'd reveal our presenter roster a week earlier than we'd planned. Well, you did it! Thanks very much! 

So now we've done it, too! Click on the presenter link on our home page for a current list of the presenters for #SiWC16. We're pretty excited about it, and hope you will be, too. It's early days yet, so check back for additions and more bios over time, but CHECK IT OUT! We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming such a great group of amazing people to Surrey in October. 

Hope to see you there, too!

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...