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KathyChung, Tuesday June 1, 2010 - 8:39am

Welcome to June. Registration opens tomorrow at noon!

A large number of our workshops are now posted under the conference menu on the left. This is NOT a complete list; we still have a few to add, but many of them are there now so you can get a good idea of what to expect this October. Have a look!

KathyChung, Monday May 31, 2010 - 3:57pm


2010 registration prices are now posted. Click "register" on the blue header bar to have a look.

We've worked hard to try to keep this year's prices at 2009 levels, and are very pleased to be bringing you two very special early bird prices:

Our full conference package is now just $499 plus tax for early birds. This is our best value, and we think it may well be the best conference value anywhere.

Our master class price for conference registrants is just $89 plus tax this year.

As well as those two rates, still available are our conference basic, one day packages and young writers special price for Friday.

Registration opens Wednesday at noon PST. Have you picked your master classes and appointment wish list yet?

KathyChung, Monday May 31, 2010 - 11:31am


SiWC board member and trade show coordinator extraordinaire, Ingrid Roeske Good, asked me to post some information for you about this year's trade show. (Thanks for all the information, Ingrid!)

The 2010 SiWC Three Day Trade Show has been created to captivate the interest of writers, both new and experienced alike.

Expect to meet with editors, illustrators, and various associations that will benefit your writing careers. The Trade Show is an integral part of the conference, not to be missed.

As an added adventure, please visit our artisan tables. Purchase a locally-produced, high quality craft as a souvenir of this fabulous weekend.

The Trade Show hours are:Friday:from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.Saturday:from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.Sunday:from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p...

KathyChung, Friday May 28, 2010 - 10:20pm

Hello, Everyone.

Please note that we've had to make a change to our registration date. Registration will now open at noon PST on Wednesday, June 2. 

Site updates in recent days have included adding the photo link for photos from past conferences and master class details. Coming soon: workshop details and pricing information.



KathyChung, Wednesday May 26, 2010 - 12:10pm


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...

KathyChung, Saturday May 22, 2010 - 11:29am

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...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 19, 2010 - 11:33pm

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...

KathyChung, Monday May 17, 2010 - 1:47pm

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...

kcdyer, Friday May 14, 2010 - 8:32am

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:


KathyChung, Thursday May 13, 2010 - 4:12pm

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...