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KathyChung, Wednesday May 11, 2011 - 9:22am

Welcome Wednesday has rolled around once again. (Is it just me, or are the weeks flying by? SiWC will be here before we know it!)

I have a handful of presenters to introduce to you today. What strikes me about all of them - and all our presenters - is what multi-facted, multi-talented people they are. It's a good reminder to me when I look at their bios: step away from the computer once in awhile and fill the well with other inspirations.

Meet Mary Robinette Kowal, Verna Dreisbach, I.J. Schecter, Kari-Lynn Winters, and Sean Cranbury.


Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer and has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Her stories have...

KathyChung, Monday May 9, 2011 - 11:58am

Happy Monday to you! Here at SiWC Central, we're settling in for a busy week. First up, of course, is Meet More Monday, a chance to introduce you to another handful of SiWC 2011 presenters. Please give a warm welcome to Patricia Young, Susan Safyan, Kathleen Ortiz, Diana Gabaldon, and Robert Dugoni.


Patricia Young has published ten collections of poetry, most recently "An Auto-erotic History of Swings" with Sono Nis Press.  She has twice been shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for poetry, won the B. C. Book Prize for Poetry , the Pat Lowther Award for poetry, two National Magazine Awards, the League of Canadian Poets National Poetry Prize, the CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the Arc Poem of the Year Prize and the inaugural Rooke-Metcalf Award for a collection...

KathyChung, Thursday May 5, 2011 - 7:42pm

(With apologies to Five For Fighting for inspiring the subject line.) It's Friday, ladies and gentlemen! Our first newsletter of the year went out yesterday, and we know lots of you are stopping by to see what's new on the site. So why not bring you a few presenters to celebrate the weekend? And yes, for those of you who wondered, each presenter is added to our speaker list - clickable on the left side bar - as I blog them. The full roster will appear there over the next couple of weeks as I introduce them here.

So here we go! Five for Friday, I promised you, and I won't let you down.

Meet Hallie Ephron, Susan Juby, Jill Marr, Jeffery McGraw, and Luke Ryan.


Hallie Ephron is an avid reader, author, and award-winning book reviewer for the BOSTON GLOBE. Her...

KathyChung, Thursday May 5, 2011 - 10:46am
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I thought it was about time I lifted my head from planning SiWC and had a look around at what else is going on in the world. Lots happening out there, and I thought you might like to know about some of it. Interested? Links below.



The Lower Mainland lost a much-loved blogger this week. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Derek Miller. We didn't know him ourselves, but have an amazing number of "six degrees" connections with him, enough to tell us this guy was something special. Pete Martin of the Vancouver Sun writes about him, and his touching, poignant last blog, here:

KathyChung, Wednesday May 4, 2011 - 12:45pm

Happy Wednesday to you.

Did you see our last blog? Registration pricing information is UP! Check out the aptly named "Registration/pricing" link in the header for details of this year's packages.

Updates will be coming fast and furiously in the next few weeks. Check back often. Or better yet, follow us @siwctweets, on your blog reader, or on Facebook to keep up with all the news.

In the spirit of fast and furious updates, I'm going to introduce you to four presenters today. We are delighted to welcome them to SiWC. Say hello to editor Kaylan Adair, agent Rita Rosenkranz, and authors Ken Scholes and Jack Whyte.


Kaylan Adair is an editor at Candlewick Press, an independent, employee-owned children’s book publisher located in...

KathyChung, Tuesday May 3, 2011 - 1:55pm

Our 2011 registration and pricing information is UP! Check out the registration link HERE for his year's information.

We have something very special for all you early birds this year. As well as getting the best choice of appointments, we're also rewarding your early commitment to the conference with savings! Book in June, and you get to LOCK IN last year's prices!

You may know we work on a cost recovery basis, and do our very best to keep our prices as low as possible, and we are delighted to be able to offer you the chance to save a few dollars in June.

Check it out!

More soon... 

KathyChung, Wednesday April 27, 2011 - 4:40pm

Is it Wednesday already? I suppose that's what happens when you're a day behind from the beginning of the week!

Three writers came out of the hat today, and I'm delighted to bring you mystery, history, crime and romance in the form of three wonderful women this Welcome Wednesday. A warm wave (sorry, is the alliteration driving you crazy? I can't seem to help myself...) to Anne Perry, Susanna Kearsley, and Elizabeth Boyle.


New York Times Bestseller Anne Perry's publishing career began with The Cater Street Hangman. Published in 1979, this was the first book in the series to feature the Victorian policeman Thomas Pitt and his well-born wife Charlotte. This is arguably the longest sustained crime series by a living writer.

In 1990, Anne started a...

KathyChung, Tuesday April 26, 2011 - 1:42pm

I'm a day behind on my week, thanks to the four-day Easter weekend we enjoy in this little corner of the world, so blithely typed "Meet More Monday" before my rural-weekend-relaxed, Monday-morning-on-a-Tuesday mind realized I was a day behind. So, Meet More Monday it is. I like the alliteration better than Meet More Tuesday, don't you?

Either way, I'm excited to bring you three more of this year's presenters, this time a writer, an agent, and a social media maven. (Actually, in truth, they are all three of them writers in this case, but they're coming to us as experts in those three fields.)

Please say hello to Rebecca Bollwitt, Don Calame, and Donald Maass.


Although she built her first website in 1997, Rebecca has been blogging about  life in BC since...

KathyChung, Wednesday April 20, 2011 - 12:44pm

Hello, dear readers!

Feel like meeting a couple more presenters?

A warm, SiWC welcome on this Wednesday to editor extraordinaire Claire Eddy and multi-talented journalist/writer/broadcaster Bruce Dowbiggin.

Bruce Dowbiggin's career has included successful stints in television, radio and print. A two-time winner of the Gemini Award as Canada's top television sports broadcaster for his work with CBC-TV, he is also a best-selling author and respected journalist.

His extensive experience as a broadcaster has included work with CBC Radio, CBC-TV, CBC Newsworld, where he anchored the coverage of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, and more. His ground-breaking investigations into the life and times of Alan Eagleson led to his selection as the winner...

KathyChung, Monday April 18, 2011 - 12:43pm

No need for Monday to be dull when there are presenters to meet !

But first, have you signed up for our conference email newsletter? If you've ever received one from us before, you're already signed up. Not sure? Sign up today! We will NOT inundate you with email, but a few times a year, fewer than ten, we send out a newsletter to keep you up-to-date on all the SiWC news. Our first newsletter of 2011 will be coming up in the next few weeks.

A random pick from our terrific presenter list came up with a good mix today: a storyteller, a writers' university dean, and a former Green Beret:

A warm SiWC welcome to storyteller Ivan Coyote, agent Laurie McLean, and author Bob Mayer!

Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An...