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

kcdyer, Monday September 13, 2010 - 8:02pm

CBC Literary Awards are now taking submissions, and according to the website this evening, you have 49 days left to submit.


This means the deadline is November 1, 2010. More details can be found at the site HERE:, and even if you don't plan to submit, it's well worth a good look around. There are tips for writers, links to other writing organizations, events and festivals [including our conference], and even a chance to have your writing workshopped by professionals before you enter.

You can follow the CBC Literary Awards on Facebook and twitter...well, heck, let's hear it from the folks behind the awards themselves:


A message from...

KathyChung, Friday September 10, 2010 - 8:30am

Just a quick reminder that today, September 10, 2010, is the day. Entries for the SiWC Writing Contest must be submitted by 4pm pacific time today to be eligible for the contest.


Get your entries in!


Sure, deadlines are stressful. But $1000 prizes in each category are worth a little sweat. And hearing your work praised in front of a ballroom full of people? Priceless!


Check out all the guidelines on our contest page:


Good luck!

KathyChung, Tuesday September 7, 2010 - 8:46pm

Spotlight on… is a new blog feature we’ll be running over the next few weeks, introducing you to some of the great stuff we have going on for writers in every field. Many of our workshops are terrific for many different types of writers, but for this feature, we’re pulling out just a few examples of what we have specifically for you among our 70 workshops. If you know someone who writes what we’re spotlighting, please give them the link. Remember, our early bird registration prices are in place until the end of the day on September 30.


First up, FILM.


Attention, screenwriters and filmmakers! This year’s SiWC has a LOT to offer you. Check it out!


On Thursday, Sleepless in Seattle writer    ...

KathyChung, Sunday September 5, 2010 - 11:02am

Attention all last-minute people, worried about getting your fees in on time for this year's SiWC Writing Contest.


We've updated our guidelines to reflect the fact that your mailed entries and fees and mailed fees for emailed entries must both be POSTMARKED by September 10. If you were panicking because the guidelines said we had to receive your cheque by the 10th, you can breathe just a little easier. The POSTMARK is the key.


Remember, the 10th is THIS COMING FRIDAY! Get your entries in soon. Prizes are amazing - $1000 first prize in each category - and this could be your year!

KathyChung, Wednesday September 1, 2010 - 11:28am

It's PRIZE DAY, ladies and gentlemen! I love prizes!


I dutifully put all the June-August registrations in a hat (aka a random number generator), to select a winner in the anti-procrastination draw.


What is this prize, you ask? What else, for writers? Books, of course! Beautiful books. Because if there's one thing every writer I know needs, it's more books in the TBR pile. The winner will be able to pick up her prize at our registration desk in October.


(Are you tired of waiting? Should I just tell you who the winner is?)


Congratulations to Elisabeth Hoekstra of Victoria, BC. Check your email, Elisabeth.


And thanks to all who got their registrations in early. You never know when I'll do another one of these...

KathyChung, Sunday August 29, 2010 - 10:46am
Tags: registration

About time somebody won something around here, don't you think? We're still waiting for a winner in our mystery theme contest, and the guesses are getting tantalizingly close. But we're not there yet, and I feel like giving something away, so I will.


Given that we writers are notorious procrastinators as a bunch, we're going to reward one of you who's overcome that tendency. On September 1, I'll pull a name from among all the June, July, and August registrants for the conference to win a terrific book prize you can pick up when you arrive at SiWC this fall. To get in the draw, just complete your registration by 23:59:59 Pacific Time on August 31. The winner will be announced here. Good luck!


KathyChung, Monday August 23, 2010 - 2:42pm

We are thrilled to introduce a brand new (to us) presenter for SiWC this year. SiWC regular Donald Maass describes him as an "outstanding teacher". With an endorsement like that, you can see why we're delighted to bring him to you this October.  Meet James Scott Bell.


 JAMES SCOTT BELL is the bestselling author of several thrillers and three craft books for Writer's Digest: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing and The Art of War for Writers. Formerly fiction columnist for Writer's Digest, Jim has taught the art and craft of the novel at Pepperdine University and numerous writers conferences. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in Los Angeles.


kcdyer, Tuesday August 10, 2010 - 10:48pm

Are you writing this summer?

Something short and sweet -- something long and lyrical?

Something you'd care to share?

Because we are receiving entries for our 18th annual writing contest -- and we'd like yours to be one of them!

Details are HERE. You can win $1000 and publication of your story, poem or article. Why not give it a try?

Entries are coming in already. Join in the fun!



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