Okay -- we survived contest deadline week and have now plunged into Labour Day, back-to-school madness. Part of that madness for me this year includes the first SiWC Road Show.
For the last week of September, (and the first couple of days of October) I'll be hitting every Lower Mainland secondary and post-secondary institution of learning that will have me, talking about SiWC. Topics include why you should come, who you will meet, what you will gain from this intense weekend, and JUST WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT ANYWAY?
These guys will not be driving the car.
If, by chance, you'd like me to come and visit YOUR writing group, creative writing class, English faculty, Arts Department or whatever collective noun you belong to... well, I would...
...as the SiWC Writing Contest draws to a close for 2009.
It's apres midnight here in the Eastern Daylight Savings Zone, but two full hours and a few stray minutes remain in good old Pacific Daylight Time, so the last few entries needs must trickle in soonishly, or be relegated to next year.
Send those entries in!
Email is your only hope now... firstname.lastname@example.org is the address. Once the last notes of midnight ring through, the race to judgement day begins!
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You think Jack Bauer feels the pressure in his save-the-world-in-24-hours schtick?
Let's give that man a taste of what the last 24 hours before the SiWC writing contest deadline and see how he copes. I bet he'd be crying like a little girl.
I had to be off-line today to travel to the other side of the country. I opened my computer tonight to nearly 100 emails, most of which were contest-related.
You've got 24 hours, people. The contest closes tomorrow. Get your entries in! As long as the story is submitted under the wire, it's okay if your entry fee is a few days late.
The fastest way? Submit by email. Details are on the site at www.siwc.ca, but the gist is this:do NOT send story as an attachment. It won't be opened....
Planning to enter our writing contest? You need to get a move on!
Details are HERE.
The deadline is almost upon us... this Friday, September 4th, 2009. But fear not! You too can get your writing contest entry in by email!
Just submit it to email@example.com, drop your cheque in the mail, and all will be well.
But just in case it's a help, here are the answers to a few of the questions I've been fielding recently:
I plan to submit a short story as well as a poem. Should I combine both in one email, or send two emails, one for each category?
One email for both submissions is fine. Just state at the top there are two! We will format anything that goes...
A quick note that if you have a question that needs to be asked...please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Really...I answer any and all questions. But if you really, really, really need the school district...the number has changed.
It is now:
604-587-2315. Ask for Robin.
Keep an eye on the blog for changes -- the number will likely change back as of September 1.
Contest entries are coming in fast and furious now, with the deadline approaching the one week mark. [September 4th -- have you sent YOUR entry in yet???]
A question arose today about appropriate language usage for our contest, and I thought it might be a good subject to address here in the blog.
At the SiWC writing contest, we do not censor.
Language is our business...and yours.
Use whatever words you need in whatever way you need them to tell your story.
Then...send them in to us! Contest details HERE.
Questions? Leave 'em in the comment section here, or email me at email@example.com
For all the local Surrey writers....you will remember Ed is the founder of the Surrey International Writers' Conference. Here is his new endeavour!
You’ve probably heard that Surrey Schools has cancelled all continuing education course for adults. No more guitar classes, Spanish conversation, Punjabi cooking and Creative Writing.
Our creative writing program was the best in the lower mainland. People came from Burnaby, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam and other communities to take our courses. We are not going to let it die. We have started our own non-profit writers’ school, called Surrey Writers’ School. Instead of going to your local school, in many cases you will find our courses at your local library.
It’s essential that we succeed and...
Three weeks today, my pretties.
The pen is mighty ... $4000 in prize money to be won!
And here's the word -- entries are down! Have you sent yours in yet? Send 'em by mail. Send 'em by email. Drop 'em off... we want your entries! Stories, Non-fiction, poetry and writing for kids.
We want 'em all. The entry fee has not increased in five years -- $15 per entry, with the procedes going to making this conference the BEST ever!
Speaking of the conference -- ooh-la-la have we got some surpises in store for you this year!
But first -- ENTER THE CONTEST!
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Lots going on these days at SiWC central. While the rest of you are sweltering, basking (or freezing...this is a Canadian summer, after all) out there, we are hard at work behind the scenes getting things ready for the conference.
A quick note -- the school district (who answers our phones) is down to a pretty skeleton staff over the summer, so if you want to register and can't get through to someone who can help you, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do.
On to the news:
Long time presenter and friend of the conference Don McQuinn has a wonderful new endeavour on the go. His new site is here: http://www.wiredwriters.net/ and Don and his team aim to make it the best go-to...
After three years in the job, I will be retiring as SiWC conference coordinator at the end of our event this year, and our Board is currently engaged in the process of looking for someone who would like to take on the position. This job has been a labour of love for me, and I will continue to maintain a strong association with the conference, but it's time for some new blood at the helm. I'm hoping you, our devoted blog readers, will help me spread the word so we can find the perfect person to take on the challenge. If you, or someone you know, is interested in this position, you can contact SiWC Board member Carrie Higgins by email at email@example.com as she is charged with overseeing the questions of applicants interested in the job. But to give you a general idea, the...