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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 ...

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...