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KathyChung, Tuesday April 5, 2011 - 12:31pm

Happy Tuesday to you!

Time to say hello to a couple more SiWC 2011 presenters. Today I'm going to introduce you to two: an author and an agent, both new to SiWC.

I'm thrilled to welcome both of them to our conference, and think you will be, too. Meet Robert Wiersema and Amy Burkhardt.


Robert J. Wiersema is the author of Before I Wake, a national bestseller, later published in 12 countries, The World More Full of Weeping (shortlisted for the Prix Aurora) and Bedtime Story, a bestseller in 2010. His latest book, Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen, will be released in 2011.  A respected reviewer and critic, he lives in Victoria, where he is event coordinator at Bolen Books.


KathyChung, Tuesday March 29, 2011 - 1:33pm

It's time, ladies and gentlemen! Can you feel the excitement from all the way over here at SiWC Central? I am absolutely thrilled to be able to introduce you to one of our SiWC 2011 presenters today. Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing you to more new faces and old friends, and after that, we'll begin posting workshop details and all the information you'll need to pick your 2011 registration package and preferred appointments in time for registration. (We'll announce the registration opening date as soon as we confirm it, but it'll likely be in early June again this year.) We've got a great line-up for you this year.

First up, a brand new face for SiWC. Please give a warm welcome to Lawrence Hill.

Lawrence Hill is the author of seven books, including the...

kcdyer, Sunday March 20, 2011 - 12:26pm is one of my favourite S/F blogs, and this week they had a whole lotta love to show for a couple of SiWC favourites.

Want to see Terry Brooks interviewed by Peter Orullian? It's here:


And our buddy Sam Sykes, author of TOME OF...

KathyChung, Monday March 7, 2011 - 11:43am

You may have noticed a few little changes on our site today. Gone, for the moment, are the speakers and workshops for 2010. You know what that means...


Soon, very very soon, we'll start bringing you details of SiWC 2011. Watch this space! We'll be introducing you to some terrific new speakers and old friends, too. And in the coming weeks and months, we'll be adding this year's writing contest information and registration details, too. We have some terrific stuff in store this year, and are so excited to start sharing it with you!


As always, if you have any questions, never hesitate to ask. You can comment here and you can always reach me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.

KathyChung, Wednesday January 5, 2011 - 2:59pm
Tags: SiWC 2011

Happy new year!

It's 2011, and the SiWC 2011 countdown is on! In nine and a half months, we'll be sharing our new baby, the 19th annual SiWC. In the next few months, we'll start posting information about this year's conference as we confirm the details. For those of you who are new to us, there are lots of ways to stay in the loop. We'll let you know about updates here in the blog, on our Facebook page, and on Twitter. You can follow us @siwctweets. Do you receive our e-newsletter? We don't send them out often, so we won't clutter your inbox, but it's a terrific way to stay up-to-date on the latest news. You can sign up under "news" on the left sidebar menu.

In the meantime, for many of you, it's resolution time. Have you made some new writing goals for this year? I read...

KathyChung, Friday December 24, 2010 - 3:42pm

Wishing all our readers a wonderful holiday filled with joy. May the new year bring you endless writing inspiration and the time to write.

Our 19th annual conference runs October 21-23, 2011, with master classes on the 20th. Why not make it your new year's resolution to attend? We'd love to see you.

We'll be offline for a few days here at SiWC Central to spend some time with our families, but we'll be back soon. See you then!

Happy New Year!

KathyChung, Wednesday December 1, 2010 - 2:18pm

Judging by the evaluation forms you filled out - and thank you thank you thank you for making the effort; we take them VERY seriously - lots of you loved the chance to meet like-minded colleagues at the conference. (We've heard a whole lot about table 7, for example; some fun was had there, for sure. And we know that wasn't the only place.)

We love that you find new writing buddies when you come to SiWC. But no need to wait until next year if you haven't found just the right group yet. Why not find one here in our comments? Looking for a local writing group to meet with in the flesh? Want an online buddy system to keep you motivated and share your work with? Hoping there's another memoir writer/poet/romance novelist/fantasy writer/whatever you may be out there looking...

KathyChung, Tuesday November 23, 2010 - 9:58am

Did you miss getting a handout in one of your workshops at SiWC 2010 this year? You may be in luck!

Some of our SiWC 2010 presenters have provided us with digital copies of their handouts so you can get the ones you missed. If the one you're looking for isn't there, chances are it's available directly from the presenter on his or her website - check them out!

Our handout page is here: It's a password-protected page for SiWC attendees only. The user name is siwc. Take a wild stab at what Chris Mathieson presentation topic is the (two words together as one) password, but if trying to figure it out makes you see red dots in front of your eyes, email me at the usual - kathychung at...

KathyChung, Friday November 5, 2010 - 11:27am
Tags: siwc 2010, photos

Looking to relive a little of the excitement of SiWC 2010? Wish you'd been able to go, and wonder what it was like?

Thanks to our resident shutter bug, Ursula Maxwell-Lewis, photos from this year's conference are now up on our site here:

Attendee Carol Garvin has added a few shots to our Facebook page, too. You'll find them here:

Do you have photos to share? We'd love to see them!

KathyChung, Wednesday November 3, 2010 - 5:50pm

A couple of days ago, we brought you SiWC thoughts from one of our longest-serving board members; today, I have a few from one of our newest. Shilo has been with the conference for some time, volunteering and being a part of things, but she was a new face on our board this year, joining Camille in the mammoth task of volunteer wrangling, which she managed to do while finishing nursing school and starting a brand new job. Pretty impressive! Here are some of her thoughts on SiWC in her own words:

As I sit down to write this, I am still feeling overwhelmed by my experiences at SiWC 2010. The conference is always incredible, but this year seemed extra special. At the end of the weekend, I was exhausted, but more creatively energized than ever. From the feedback I have heard, I’m not...