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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...

KathyChung, Tuesday May 4, 2010 - 12:22pm

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.


KathyChung, Monday April 26, 2010 - 1:29pm

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-...

KathyChung, Monday April 19, 2010 - 1:30pm

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?

Keep writing!


KathyChung, Monday April 12, 2010 - 3:14pm

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...

KathyChung, Friday April 9, 2010 - 1:35pm
Tags: link love

It's been a terrific week for Surrey and for SiWC mentions this week. Check out some of these links.

Beloved SiWC MC and board member Carol Monaghan is profiled in the Peace Arch News here. Anyone who's seen Carol in her cape or her devil horns won't be the least bit surprised by the mention of an over-the-top sequined dress, but who knew she could bake, too? Multi-talented, our Carol.

Harvinder Sandhu profiles some of the great stuff Surrey has to offer - including SiWC; thanks, Harvinder! - in the Surrey Now here.

Longtime attendee and...

KathyChung, Thursday April 8, 2010 - 10:23am
Tags: photos, SiWC 2004

Were you at SiWC 2004? Did you carry a camera around? We're on the hunt for the photographer who submitted this shot to our website:

Was it you? We're hoping to get a hi-res version, so if it's your shot, we'd love to hear from you. You can comment here or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.


KathyChung, Wednesday April 7, 2010 - 12:10pm

Today's short and sweet writing tip comes to us from 2010 presenter Joanna Bourne (thanks, Jo!), who offers a quotation:

Plot will get you through times with no prose better than prose will get you through times with no plot. James Macdonald

Share your thoughts about prose versus plot in the comments thread below.