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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.

KathyChung, Wednesday March 31, 2010 - 1:41pm

Terrific SiWC board meeting last night. A little SiWC tidbit for you: Did you know that SiWC is run mostly by volunteers? They're an amazing bunch and give a huge amount of time and energy to make SiWC what it is.

On the way home in the car after the meeting, I was switching radio stations, looking for something I felt like listening to, and I happened across an interview with one of the actors from a brand new movie that's connected to one of our presenters this year. So instead of reaching in my hat for a name to bring you today, I decided to take my cue from that interview and introduce you to Luke Ryan.

Luke Ryan is the Senior Vice President of Production at MGM.

He arrived in Hollywood in 2000 and has had a diverse career,...

kcdyer, Tuesday March 30, 2010 - 1:09pm


A quick post here, just to let those in the Vancouver area into a great opportunity. Long-time friend of SiWC [presenter, contest judge] James McCann is offering a workshop for adults who are interested in writing for kids and teens. You can read my blog post about it HERE or go straight to the source at James's blog HERE and find out more. The date is April 18th and class space is limited, so sign up soon!



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KathyChung, Tuesday March 30, 2010 - 11:25am

Happy Tuesday to you.

To celebrate the beautiful sunshine coming in my windows right this minute (quickly, before it turns to pouring rain again!), I'm bringing you another of our 2010 presenters.

Agent Sally Harding will be returning to SiWC this October. We're so pleased to have her. 

Sally Harding moved to Canada in 2001 after eight years in sales and marketing, editing, and bookselling in New Zealand and Australia. She began her career as a literary agent shortly after her arrival in Vancouver, and in 2005 started her own agency, The Harding Agency. The fledgling agency’s rapid growth led to the merger with Toronto-based The Cooke Agency in 2007.

She has always read widely, and that is reflected in the range of genres...