SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Wednesday June 9, 2010 - 11:21am

What a wonderful first week of registration it's been. We're thrilled to see registrations streaming in. Thank you! If you're planning to sign up, and have your eye on a particular agent or author to sit down with, don't wait too long for your best chance of getting the appointment you want. Slots are filling up. Did you know you get to pick your own appointment times when you register? That way, you'll know exactly when and with whom you're meeting from the moment you submit your registration.


Already signed up, but realized after the fact that you really want to take that master class you were contemplating? Registered for conference basic and then got talking with former attendees about how much networking goes on at the banquet meals? We can add master classes to...

KathyChung, Tuesday June 8, 2010 - 11:49am

Our friends at SFU sent along some information about their Summer Publishing Workshop humour contest, which we're happy to share with you below. And don't forget our own writing contest is now open to entries. Deadline is September 10, 2010 and you can check out the details by clicking on "Writing Contest" on the blue header at the top of this page.

Here are the details on the SFU contest in their own words:

 The Summer Publishing Workshops at SFU in Vancouver focus on six topic areas: book publishing, magazine publishing, editing, design, new media, and writing. The workshops are developed in association with Canada's foremost publishing professionals.

Think you’re funny? Let us be the judge...

KathyChung, Wednesday June 2, 2010 - 6:33pm

Wow! What a day we've had here at SiWC Central! Registration is off to a roaring start, and we are absolutely thrilled. Thank you to everyone who helped get us started on such an exciting note.


So far (touch wood), there's only on casualty to report in all the excitement: my credit card. See what I'll sacrifice for you people? No, really, I used it this morning to test the system to make sure you'd be able to register when we opened at noon, and I made the mistake of leaving it on an end table in a location easily accessible to my eight-month-old puppy. So I got to phone the credit card company and say, "My dog ate my credit card." I had a good laugh about it, though the woman on the phone was Very Serious.


Registrations are coming in quickly. For the...

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...