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KathyChung, Thursday March 25, 2010 - 12:09pm

I reached into my hat again this morning and pulled out another name to share with you. (This is so exciting. I hope you're enjoying it as much as I am!)

This time, I'm going to introduce you to one of our brand new author presenters.

I first met this particular author online several years ago, and have continued to be impressed by her practical, well-thought-out, clear writing advice. She's terrific.

Meet Joanna Bourne.

Joanna Bourne is the author of four Historical Romances based on Napoleonic War-era espionage. Forbidden Rose, her most recent work, will be available in June 2010 from Berkley/Penguin. Spymaster's Lady was an American Library Association RUSA genre top choice and My Lord and Spymaster...

KathyChung, Tuesday March 23, 2010 - 11:28am

At SiWC, we never charge you for pitch appointments. They're included in our registration fees. You can line up for extra appointments at the conference itself, but when you register, you get to sign up for one (and one Blue Pencil, of course!) right then. No line-ups, no waiting, just a solid appointment with whatever agent you'd like to meet who has appointments available.

A little insider tip: if today's presenter is on your agent wish list, register early. His appointment slots fill up fast!

Meet Donald Maass.

A literary agent in New York, Donald Maass’s agency sells more than 150 novels every year to major publishers in the U.S. and overseas. He is the author of The Career Novelist (1996), Writing the Breakout Novel (...

kcdyer, Saturday March 20, 2010 - 8:09pm

Always fun to see who won...and WAY more fun when a past winner of our contest makes the grade.

HUGE congratulations to Elissa van Struth for placing with her English-language short story DOWN TO THE ROOTS.[Elissa was the winner of our 2008 Storyteller's Award  with her unforgettable story MALL GIRL].

Full list of winners is HERE .


In other CanLit news, you might care to check out my blog post today on the status of s/f writer Peter Watts's conviction. A fascinating and frightening story. Post is HERE.


~kc ...

KathyChung, Friday March 19, 2010 - 11:58am

Happy Friday!

Time to introduce you to another brand new presenter, this time a Canadian who's part of the growing group of writers I know who avoid the dreaded effects of working at a desk all day by NOT working at a desk all day. Or at least not sitting at one. How do you write a book without sitting? I'll come back to that.

 But first, meet ARTHUR SLADE.

Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He received an English Honours degree from the University of Saskatchewan, spent several years writing advertising and now writes fiction full time. He is the author of the Canadian Chills series of books, Dust (which won the Governor General's award), Jolted...

KathyChung, Thursday March 18, 2010 - 2:57pm

Welcome to the first installment of our BRAND NEW blog feature.

From time to time, we'll be bringing you writing tidbits, suggestions, advice, and ideas from past and present presenters and other friends of the conference.

We'd love to hear your thoughts as we go along. Add your comments, and feel free to start writing-related conversations with other commenters right here in the blog comments.

Our first tip comes from Michael Slade:

SLADE'S RULE: LIVE YOUR FICTION. With a handheld recorder and a notebook, get out in the real world and act out your story. You'll gather many more details than your imagination will conceive, and your story will "suspend disbelief" because it's grounded in reality. For RED SNOW, Slade acted out the plot at...

KathyChung, Tuesday March 16, 2010 - 1:23pm

Today's presenter is brand new to our SiWC family, and we're very pleased to have him with us.

Say hello to Jay Lake.

Jay lives in Portland, Oregon, where he works on numerous writing and editing projects. His 2010 books are Pinion from Tor Books, The Baby Killers from PS Publishing, and The Sky That Wraps from Subterranean Press. His short fiction appears regularly in literary and genre markets worldwide. Jay is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and a multiple nominee for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards.

Jay maintains a regular blog on his website at

Welcome, Jay!

kcdyer, Sunday March 14, 2010 - 10:35pm


Emerald City Comicon just wrapped up in Seattle today. Sounds like a good time was had by all! If you are in the region and looking for something to do, make sure to check out Belva's List. Belva Lane, partner of long-time SiWC presenter Wally Lane has been compiling a pretty darned comprehensive guide of all things fun to do in and around the Puget Sound...with or without a Wookie costume.


Check it out HERE.



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KathyChung, Friday March 12, 2010 - 8:29pm

About time I told you about another presenter, don't you think?

This time, let me introduce you to one of our wonderful returning presenters, this one an agent. Meet Sorche Fairbank of Fairbank Literary:

Since establishing Fairbank Literary Representation in 2002, Sorche Elizabeth Fairbank has had the pleasure of working with a dynamic and varied list, representing best-selling authors, Edgar recipients, award-winning journalists, and of course one of her favorite kinds of client – the first-time author. Her tastes in novels tend toward literary fiction, international voices and women’s voices, and the mystery/suspense genre. On the nonfiction side, she is most likely to take on books that tackle current events and societal issues with a narrative...

KathyChung, Tuesday March 9, 2010 - 9:51pm

 The time has come! I can finally tell you about some of our 2010 presenters. Watch this space. I'll be introducing them in blog posts periodically over the coming days and weeks.

I am thrilled with our line-up for this year. Come October, we'll roll out the red carpet for old friends and new from all over North America and the UK.

Let's get started! First up, a man who probably always came last - or close to it - in the attendance roll call at school, so we'll switch things up and put him first on our presenter roll call.

Meet Tim Wynne-Jones. Tim has written thirty-one books. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature for Some of the Kinder Planets, and The Maestro. His work has been...

kcdyer, Sunday March 7, 2010 - 1:13pm

Lots of writing events coming up for those who might be interested. Check these out to see if there is something in YOUR area!



If you are in Florida, [or just WANT to be!]  long-time presenter and friend of the conference Hallie Ephron will be presenting at the Key West Studios March 19 and 20th, 2010. Details HERE


If you are in or about north-central Washington state in May, Write On The River presents an event with SiWC presenter and friend Terry Brooks as the keynote speaker. Details ...