SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Thursday November 12, 2009 - 4:54pm
Tags: blogs

Here at SiWC Central, we're excited to see so much conversation still going on about SiWC 2009. kc posted recently about some of the blog posts we've seen about the conference in "The week after". Check out the comments thread there for additional links. And here are a couple more:

 Ev Bishop talks about what she took away from Surrey this year.

 JJ DeBenedictis brings us her excellent workshop notes every Monday.

Have you been reading about us? Tell us where in the comments. And keep those success stories coming, too! 

Questions or comments? Don't hesitate to...

kcdyer, Sunday November 8, 2009 - 2:39pm

Just got this letter from attendee Mike Wicks:

I thought you might like to know that as a result of attending SIWC I am now represented by Dreisbach Literary Management; Verna is excited about my book and working with me. She is friends with Stan Wakefield who was also keen on the book and he is keen to see the publisher's proposal as soon as it is available. SIWC made all this happen - so my heartfelt thanks. I'll be back next year!

Woo-HOO! We LOVE stories like this! got one? Email me at or Kathy at and we'll trumpet your good news to the rooftops!



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kcdyer, Friday November 6, 2009 - 8:20pm

SiWC 2009 presenter Sean Cranbury [proprietor of www.Booksonthe] is so close to the cutting edge of digital rights issues he's cut himself a few times! In case you missed his talk at BookCamp Vancouver this year,  a peek at  his presentation can be seen HERE

Whether you are a writer or a publisher ...or even just a reader, there is some fascinating stuff here. Enjoy!


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kcdyer, Wednesday November 4, 2009 - 10:57pm
With the memories of SiWC 2009 still fresh in our minds, we're turning our attention to re-creating the SiWC magic in 2010.   Want to keep up with our news as we go along? I'll be blogging here, of course, and so will kc.   We also have a brand new Twitter stream @SiWCtweets. Follow us there for up-to-the-minute information about the conference, our presenters, and whatever other SiWCish content catches our eyes.   If you're already following us @siwc2009, note that we'll be retiring that stream soon, so @SiWCtweets is your new source of conference information on Twitter.   But even with plans for next year in the works, we're still enjoying the memories of SiWC 2009, naturally.   It was a particularly good year for attendee...
kcdyer, Sunday November 1, 2009 - 12:41pm turns out that the week after the conference is ALMOST as nutso as the week before. So much to do -- so many thanks to share, waves goodbye to flutter, kisses to blow -- well, you get the picture.

Kathy Chung has taken the reins of the position of coordinator, and you will see her around here a lot more, very soon. But don't think you've gotten rid of me completely -- no sirree. I'll still be around like a bad penny, turning up when you least expect it. I've accepted a position on the Board, and as the biggest resident geek in the place, I'll still be hovering around the blog, of course.

For today, I'd like to give you a taste of what some of the attendees have to say about SiWC 2009 on line. Didn't make it this year? Have a read of some of these blog posts...

kcdyer, Thursday October 29, 2009 - 1:28pm

Hey everyone -- there's a new kid in town!

This is Kathy Chung, and she'll be taking over as conference coordinator...well, as of right now. She's in charge [along with our Board of Directors, School District staff and a fantastic selection of volunteers] of getting the SiWC 2010 show on the road.

I'll be moving [along with my tights] to a position on the Board, so you'll see me at SiWC 2010, but just not in quite the same role.

Kathy's been coming to the conference almost as long as I have -- since 2001, I believe. And she's been Contest Assistant for the past three years, so she has a really good grip on how our systems run. She's a writer and a teacher and a mother...and she's excited about joining the group of crazies who put on this event...

kcdyer, Sunday October 25, 2009 - 11:30pm

A sleepy [and short] message from your outgoing conference coordinator, bidding presenters, attendees and volunteers a fond farewell after  what I hope was a marvellous conference experience at the 2009 Surrey International Writers' Conference.

A reminder ... if you would like a copy of any of the handouts provided by presenters this weekend, please email me at . I'll send you a Word doc as soon as I can.

[This is in support of our Green Endeavour -- our attempt to ensure we don't run off more paper than is absolutely required.]

And on a personal note -- please accept my most humble thanks for all the gracious words of kindness directed toward me this weekend. This conference is the product of the work of literally hundreds of volunteers, and...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 11:08pm

Here we go....!

 Questions, worries, concerns?

You know how to find me!



 Please note. This is not me. But if you have access to a Transporter, get yourself in one and beam over to SiWC. Master Classes start tomorrow!

On-line registration is now closed, but you can still register at the conference.


See you there!




kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 10:29pm
Tags: award

This just in!!!


Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the  6th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco with Jerry Clark


From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco—using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark—tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

Forced by Northcott to...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 8:28am

Our conference schedule has been up for months now, courtesy of our wonderful WebWizard Dale McGladdery. You can access it via the '2009 Schedule' link on the website, broken down by date and time.

But this year we did not create a full brochure, so it's not in printable format. Instead, as registrants arrive, you'll receive an abbrievtiated version of what's on the website, plus a summary of the bios of our presenters, along with your other conference information.

No need to print anything off, then -- when you arrive you'll find all the information you need in your registration packet.

Our registration desk will be open in the main lobby of the Vancouver Sheraton Guildford hotel [pictured here] from noon on Thursday and...