SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Tuesday October 26, 2010 - 1:46pm
Tags: siwc 2010

It's Tuesday afternoon, and I am finally coming out of the post-conference fog. Sort of.

SiWC 2010 is over, the hotel lobby is back to being a hotel lobby, and all our attendees and presenters have gone, back to their families and lives and other commitments.

Thank you to all our attendees for coming, for sharing your ideas, for helping to create the warm, friendly atmosphere we all love so much at SiWC. Several presenters commented to me about the great attendees we have, and I agree. 

Do you have pictures and stories from this year that you'd like to share? We'd love to see and hear them. Share links here in the comments or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.

KathyChung, Sunday October 17, 2010 - 3:39pm
Tags: registration

Just a few more days now until SiWC kicks off with master classes on Thursday, October 21!

There is still room in all registration packages, but take note! Online registration will end at the end of the day on Tuesday, October 19. After that, you'll have to register by phone or in person at the conference.

Still thinking about registering? Appointments are getting very heavily booked, so don't delay. Registering before the conference is your only way to guarantee getting an appointment. At the conference, remaining appointments are first-come, first-served basis each day, and bookings stop when all appointments for the day are full.

A note about making appointments in person: if you plan to book an appointment at the conference, you can only do so ...

KathyChung, Monday October 4, 2010 - 5:21pm
Tags: registration

Wow. You people (you'll note I say that as if I'm not one of you, when, in fact, I am...) have a talent for leaving things to the last minute! I suppose it only makes sense that writers respond to deadlines.

We had a terrific registration rush leading up to the end of the month and the switch to our regular prices, but for those of you who haven't registered yet, never fear! We still have space available for all registration options from one day to the whole conference and in almost all our master classes, too. We'll keep registration open until the conference or until we sell out, whichever comes first. Given the numbers, if you know you want to come, don't wait too long to sign up!


KathyChung, Thursday September 30, 2010 - 9:35am

This is it! Last day of early bird pricing. All you writers who love to work to the very last moment of a deadline - you know who you are! - this is that day. Midnight Pacific tonight, October begins and our early bird prices end.

Don't delay! Register today.

KathyChung, Monday September 27, 2010 - 1:49pm
Tags: siwc, WOTS

SiWC board members Carol, kc, and Ursula and I spent the day down at Word on the Street at Library Square in Vancouver yesterday, meeting tonnes of people and telling them all about our conference. A big thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. It was great to see so many people out and hear so much positive stuff about our conference. If you're visiting our site for the first time after meeting us yesterday, welcome! For you and for all of our regular readers, too, here are a few shots of what the day was like for us, all taken by the wonderful Ursula Maxwell-Lewis:


We woke up to pouring rain, so were very pleasantly surprised when it stopped - except for the odd sprinkle - by the time the event got started. Here's the main stage, right outside the library,...

KathyChung, Thursday September 23, 2010 - 4:15pm

Happy fall, everyone! Mother Nature has cooperated by providing a very West Coast fall day to kick things off. Nothing like a few gray skies to make the possibility of a prize seem even better...


Thanks to everyone who got their registrations in during the summer. We appreciate it!

Just remember that if you haven't had a chance to register yet, early bird prices are still in effect for another week, until the end of the month. Sign up soon!

If you were organized to register in the spring (gasp! - you people are amazing) or in the summer (hey, not too shabby either. It's hard to be productive in the summer!), you were automatically entered in our end-of-summer book draw.

The winner was decided by a random number generator, so blame it, not me, if you...

KathyChung, Monday September 20, 2010 - 1:00pm

About time we did another draw, don't you think?

According to my calendar, this Thursday marks the first day of fall in this part of the world, so it's time to celebrate the end of summer.

Everyone who has registered for SiWC by the end of the day (23:59:59) on Wednesday will be entered in a draw for a wonderful book prize to celebrate your organizational skills in completing your registration for a fall conference before fall begins. If you're planning to register before early bird registration ends on the 30th, why not do it now and get in the draw?

All you non-procrastinators who registered before our last draw are automatically in this one, too. Your early registration gets you in for the second time in a row. It pays to be organized!


KathyChung, Monday September 20, 2010 - 12:19pm
Tags: ride share

Need a ride? Want to share ferry costs or gas expenses to SiWC? Like the idea of cutting your carbon footprint by carpooling? You've come to the right place.


Use the comments section below to post your ride share needs. As with the room share blog, we offer this space to post ride share requests as a convenience, but have no involvement in the process at all, so please do your homework and ask all the questions you need to ask to feel comfortable sharing a trip with someone. Have fun; be safe!


KathyChung, Saturday September 18, 2010 - 1:46pm

Fall book season is upon us, and with it, this year, more video trailers than ever for new releases.

Among the offerings are these two Very Intriguing trailers from long-time SiWC supporters Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte. Check them out! 



Looking forward to both these books! Know of other SiWC presenter book trailers? Tell us about them in the comments.

KathyChung, Tuesday September 14, 2010 - 12:49pm

Well, well, well... We have some BRILLIANT attendees following us online.

As you may know, we’ve been running a “guess the theme” contest the last couple of months, dropping very vague, very sneaky clues wherever you find us online. Guesses have been coming into my email, and I am excited to report that WE HAVE A WINNER!

Actually, we have two. Two of the guesses came VERY close on their own, but just didn’t quite capture the theme, according to our judges. Put the two together, and you’ve got as close a solution as our evidence is ever likely to produce. Our board was unanimous that these two add up to our winner. That means that TWO lucky guessers will win a book prize they can pick up at the conference.

The amazing thing to me is that one of those people was the...