I promised you big news, and I wasn't just talking about the June 1 registration date. (You have marked your calendar, haven't you? Go do it now if you haven't; I'll be here when you get back.)
I am THRILLED to bring you our exciting new master class schedule. By very popular demand, we've expanded our offerings. This year, for the first time ever, we have three time slots and EIGHT master classes to choose from on Thursday. Me, I'm trying to figure out how to be in several places at once so I can attend all of them. Unless you have the secret to that useful skill, you'll have to choose, but you can register for up to three classes, one in each time slot, so why not make a day of it?
Check out the details on the Master Class page, under Conference on the menu at the...
A quick update note for those of you watching for changes to the content here on our site. I've updated Diana Gabaldon's biography and have added a new speaker to the list. He's the subject of today's Meet the Presenter blog.
Meet Patrick Taylor.
Born in 1941, Taylor was brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and receieved his medical education in Ulster. He initially practiced in a rural Ulster village akin to Ballybucklebo before taking specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After living in Belfast through the first two years of the recent Irish Troubles (1969-1994) he and his family emigrated to Canada where he pursued a career in medical research and teaching in the field of human infertility. His contributions have been honoured with three...
Pull up a (shiny new) chair…
This is the very first blog entry I’m writing at our brand new digs. What do you think? I’m very fond of the new look, myself, and think our web wizard Dale did a fabulous job putting the whole thing together, from the plumbing right up to the paint job. Way to go, Dale!
Lots of news today, all of it in our newsletter sent out yesterday. If you don’t receive our newsletters, you can sign up easily right here on our website by clicking on the newsletter link under news on the left sidebar. We don’t inundate you with emails, but do keep you in the loop. You can read the current and past newsletters on the website, too.
The most important bit of big news from yesterday’s newsletter is this:
Registration will open JUNE 1, 2010. That’s...
It seems like a good day to introduce another presenter, don't you think? Today's presenter is brand new to SiWC, and we're looking forward to having him here.
Meet Ken Sherman.
Ken Sherman is the President of Ken Sherman and Associates, a Beverly Hills-based literary agency.
An agent for more than twenty years, Ken represents screen, television and book writers, and also sells film and television rights to books plus life rights. A few of Ken's clients include John Updike, David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, Tawni O'Dell, whose first novel, Back Roads, became an international best seller and Oprah Book Club selection, Starhawk, considered the best-known witch in the world, Anne Perry, the world's best-known...
Neither can we! Kathy Chung will be announcing the registration opening date very soon.
But if you just can't wait, here's a way to slake your conference thirst. The Canadian Authors Association national conference is being held in beautiful Victoria, BC this year from June 24-27th. A number of old friends of SiWC [Anthony Dalton, Bernice Lever, Lois Peterson and me] will be presenting. Keynote speakers will include well-known authors Patrick Taylor and Richard Wagamese, and there are tons of activities planned -- make sure to check it out!
Details HERE, or contact Jean Kay, Conference Coordinator at 604-943-9247, or email:
Plans for 2010 are coming together well. Here at SiWC Central, we are SO excited about all that's going on. Keep your eyes on this space, because there's big news coming soon... Very Big News.
Did I say that loudly enough? Perhaps I should put it in bold. Very Big News. Coming soon! I wish I could tell you now, but I will. Soon. I promise.
To tide you over until then, here's a bit of news I'm tremendously excited about, a brand new presenter. Meet Ivan Coyote.
Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of five collections of short stories, one novel, two CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last fifteen...
2010 SiWC presenter Jay Lake brings us this to-the-point writing tip:
"I only have one rule of writing. Everything else is a guideline. Sort of like the Pirate Code.
1. Write more."
Easier said than done? If you're following Jennifer Crusie's advice, linked in our last Tips 'n' Tricks post, then you're probably already writing more. But if you're struggling to define what "write more" means for you, check out Jay's specifics on his blog here.
What are your best writing tips? Feel free to post them in the comments below. Maybe you'll inspire someone to get over writers' block or finally finish that WIP.
Well, hello! Happy Monday.
It's a Meet-the-Presenter day here on the SiWC blog. How about an author this time, brand new to SiWC?
Meet Julia Quinn.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand style, competing on the the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code.
Ms. Quinn is a ten-...
Every once in awhile, I read something that makes me sit back and really think about writing and about making it a priority in a busy life. Because we all have busy lives, don't we? Thanks to our own kc dyer, I read something this morning that got me thinking, written by past SiWC presenter Jennifer Crusie.
You can read it here. I think you'll be glad you did. Share your thoughts here in the comments. Is it possible to make how you spend your time match your priorities? Have you tried?
Well, hello again, and happy Monday to you!
Time to tell you about another of the terrific presenters we have coming to SiWC in October.
Let me introduct you to agent Joanna Stampfel-Volpe
Joanna Stampfel-Volpe is an agent with Nancy Coffey Literary & Media Representation.
She is looking for juvenile (up to YA) fiction and non-fiction, adult genre and mainstream fiction and some nonfiction areas. She accepts hard copy or e-mail queries.
Joanna's specific interests are chap books to upper YA (non-fiction, contemporary, paranormal, romantic, humor, post-apocalyptic, historical and fantasy *fantasy/sci-fi needs to really stand out, unique), adult romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary), fantasy (urban...