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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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KathyChung, Saturday August 7, 2010 - 9:02pm

It's a rainy Saturday night here at SiWC Central, the first time the weather's been anything less than gorgeous and sunny here for weeks, so it's a perfect night for surfing. Tonight's links include a win, an answer, and a free promotional opportunity for writers. Great stuff!


Congratulations to 2010 SiWC presenter Julia Quinn for her third RITA win this past week in Florida for What Happens In London. You can check out all this year's RITA winners here:


Are you thinking about attending SiWC for the first time, but wondering if you're really ready for a writers' conference? You're not alone. It's a question that comes up a...

KathyChung, Tuesday August 3, 2010 - 3:53pm

Planning to stay in the Sheraton during SiWC this year, but wishing you had a roomie to share the cost? You've come to the right place. The comments thread on this blog post are open for your roommate hunting queries.

Early riser who doesn't want to tiptoe around a morning grump? Say so. Only want to share with someone your own gender? Post that, too. In past years, some new friends have met through our room share blog comments, and others have at least found like-minded sleepers to split the hotel bill with.

We are happy to provide this forum for you to connect with potential roommates as a courtesy, but please do your homework and ask lots of questions. We have no involvement in this process and are not responsible for the veracity of postings or the volume of your...

KathyChung, Thursday July 22, 2010 - 4:00pm

Have you been spotting hints about our Saturday Night Owl event at various places SiWC board members and I pop up around the web? We’re being pretty subtle, I must admit, but keep watching. I think I might just offer a prize to the first person who puts the clues together and solves the mystery. Yes, I think I will. Keep watching and see if you can figure it out before I tell you one of these days… if you think you have it, email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca. I'll post the winning entry - if there is one - here on the blog.

In conference news, we’ve added a title for Jack Whyte’s previously “TBD” master class. If you’ve been waiting to see what he was going to teach before you registered, now’s your chance. In “Le Mot Just”, he’ll delve into the subtle but important idea of...

KathyChung, Friday July 9, 2010 - 10:48am

Have you been thinking about signing up as a volunteer at SiWC this year? Now's the time. Our amazing volunteer coordinators, Camille and Shilo, tell me they're in need of a few more enthusiastic, caring, energetic people to join the volunteer crew. We love our volunteers, and couldn't run the conference without them.  

If you've already committed your time, thank you! If you're curious about what's involved, would like more information, or would like to apply, click "contact" on the header bar here at our website (, in case you're viewing this elsewhere!) and send Camille and Shilo a note on the "volunteering" contact form. They'd love to hear from you!

KathyChung, Monday June 21, 2010 - 5:17pm

Ahhh, summer. Grey skies, cool temperatures... oh, wait. Is that the sun I see poking out from behind the clouds? I think it just may be. Or it was, for a minute there. I know some of you are enjoying - or are perhaps even sick of - heat waves and early summers, but here in the Lower Mainland of BC, Mother Nature seems to be toying with us, teasing us with the possibility of summer sunshine and then laughing until she cries when we take off our raincoats. It's perfect writing weather, the sort where you don't really mind being inside looking at a computer screen.

Have you started working on your SiWC writing contest entry yet? The deadline is September 10, but you know how fast summer whizzes by, and that date will be here before you know it. Entries are already welcome, and...

KathyChung, Monday June 14, 2010 - 4:17pm
Tags: siwc 2010

<rubbing hands together in glee>


Had a VERY interesting meeting today. Three of us from SiWC sat down for an enjoyable hour with the person who's going to be bringing us a Saturday Night Owl event this year. I can't wait to see what he has in store. It's going to be great!


I'll leave his identity a mystery for now, but if you're keeping an eye on us in other internet places, you may already have seen a clue or two...

kcdyer, Saturday June 12, 2010 - 11:33am

For those of you in the Vancouver area this summer, author, actor and swashbuckler extraordinaire CC [Chris] Humphreys will be offering a special course on writing the action-adventure novel this summer. Chris is a long-time friend of the conference and author of many books for teens and adults, most recently VLAD: The Epic Novel of the Real Dracula, and a course from him is a real treat. Details here:

And, of course, you'll see Chris with us this fall at SiWC 2010!



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