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KathyChung, Thursday March 4, 2010 - 11:00am

Oh boy. Exciting stuff going on here at SiWC Central. Can you see me dancing in my chair as I write this? (Hmmm... that's actually kind of a disturbing thought... *looking around for cameras*)

We have an amazing presenter line-up shaping up for 2010, and I can't wait to tell you about it. And very, very soon, I get to do just that. Watch this space in the next days and weeks, and you'll be among the first to know just whose workshops you'll be enjoying in October.

Stay tuned!

kcdyer, Monday March 1, 2010 - 9:37pm

Next Monday, March 8th, there will be a great panel on the subject at the Vancouver Public Library.

Details HERE on my blog. 





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kcdyer, Monday February 22, 2010 - 10:04pm

Check out long-time conference attendee and writer Ev Bishop's blog post HERE. A great idea of how to keep that SiWC feeling alive all year 'round!

[Also, if you are in the Vancouver area, check out the grand finale of the W2 Real Writers series details on my blog HERE. Quite a few SiWC presenters on stage. Love to see you there!]



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KathyChung, Monday February 8, 2010 - 11:50am

Wondering how to enter the SiWC writing contest? The guidelines for 2010 are up at Check them out!

Our deadline this year is Friday, September 10, 2010, but no need to wait until the very last minute. With $1000 prizes in every category, why not use the time to explore a new genre as well as your favourite? Categories are poetry, storytellers, non-fiction, and writing for young people. September will be here before we know it, and we're already looking forward to reading your efforts. Happy writing!

kcdyer, Thursday February 4, 2010 - 11:57am


I've been awol a bit, deep in a writing project or two, but I am surfacing here long enough to draw your attention to a number of mid-winter events to help re-kindle your inspiration.

In Vancouver, as a part of the cultural Olympiad, we have the W2 Real Vancouver Writers' and Culture series every Wednesday in February. Here's a summary of the writers who will be coming out to read -- many of them SiWC alumni!

Here's a summary:


February 3rd – Hosted by Sean Cranbury

Richard Van Camp, John Burns, Brendan McLeod, Bruce Grenville, Cathleen With, Jennica Harper, Robert Chaplin

February 10th – Hosted by Charlie Demers


KathyChung, Wednesday January 20, 2010 - 10:31am

One of the really wonderful things for me about the SiWC is getting the chance to witness, hear about, and share in turning points for the writers who attend. For some, it's meeting their agent or getting that book deal. If you've been following our blog, you've seen some of those good news stories here. For others, it's that moment when they are finally able to say "I'm a writer" and believe it.

Over at the Prairie Chicks blog, writer Pamela Callow describes her own turning points, including a chance meeting across a SiWC banquet table with the very editor she was hoping to meet:

If you're a...

KathyChung, Tuesday January 12, 2010 - 5:56pm

New books galore this winter from members of our SiWC family. Here are just a few examples:

Michael Slade, long-time friend of the SiWC, has a new book out just in time to give you something to read on dark January nights, or maybe between periods of Olympic hockey or while the Zambonis clear the ice during the speed skating heats. Red Snow tackles the idea of a terrorist attack during the winter games. Check out the details here:

2009 presenter Carol Mason has just revealed the cover of her new book, due...

KathyChung, Thursday December 17, 2009 - 5:32pm

I've just come from the Christmas assembly at my daughter's school, complete with a performance by the 50 member grade 4/5/6 recorder ensemble (orchestra? band? group? What do you call it when it's 50+ kids but only one kind of instrument?)

Anyway, the official kick-off to the holidays at school reminded me that it really is that time of year. For me, that means turkey dinners, lots of baking, and family gatherings. Whatever you celebrate, all of us here at SiWC wish you the very best of times this holiday season. Enjoy!

kcdyer, Wednesday December 2, 2009 - 1:24pm

Just had a peek at some of the photos literary photographer Don Denton shot at the conference this year. They are fabulous! Check them out HERE.

[This is a sample, of a chat between Jack Whyte and Anne Perry]

 If you were at the conference, they are guarenteed to bring back great memories -- and if you were sadly absent -- have a peek to see what you missed!


kcdyer, Wednesday December 2, 2009 - 12:54pm

Lorna Suzuki is a long-time conference attendee, and this year she launched the latest book in her Imago series at our Saturday Evening Book Signing event. Yesterday she posted an interview with me on her blog, and I thought I'd just note it here, as there is a book giveaway involved. You can get a signed copy of any of my published titles, sent off to you just in time for holiday giving -- but you'll have to pick up the details of the contest by reading Lorna's post HERE.