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kcdyer, Monday July 20, 2009 - 10:03pm

This is the first in a series of guest blogs we'll be presenting here at SiWC blog central, leading up to our conference in October.

Today we welcome presenter Darren Barefoot, who will return this fall as one of our social media experts. Darren and his partner Julie are also the freshly-minted authors of their own new book, emerging this fall. I'll give you a head's up when it hits the shelves.

In this post, Darren not only shares a few tips on Social Media Marketing, but also offers a discount code for SiWC blog readers who want to take his marketing course!

(Full disclosure: I'll be taking the course this week...and not only that, I plan to sneak into the back of Darren's workshops at SiWC 2009!)

So, without further ado, here are a few words from...

kcdyer, Monday July 20, 2009 - 9:18pm
Tags: volunteers

 

 

We're always looking for 'em -- our conference could not exist without our volunteers! We love them as the dragon loves his gold horde...

             as the eagle loves her sushi...

                             as the librarian loves his first editions...

So when I read THIS today on BookNinja George's blog, I realized it was a Must Link.

You too can become a Literary Escort, with all the pleasures that might entail.

All you need to do is ask...

 ~kc

PS The person to ask is our volunteer coordinator Camille Netherton.  You can find her under the 'Contact Us' tab on the menu...

kcdyer, Saturday July 18, 2009 - 10:14pm

Your name was drawn from the hat as winner of THIS contest.

The point of the contest (for those who may have forgotten) was to garner a list of the names of presenters who have inspired your pens and won your hearts over the years at the Surrey International Writers' Conference.

The entries were drawn from names submitted to the comments section, and a most interesting selection we had. But I confess to a secret surge of delight when Jenny's name came out of the hat...anyone who can rhyme 'pseudonym' with 'nude in 'em'

...well, she's a star in my book.

We had a number of incredible entries. Thanks to all who entered -- check 'em out...

kcdyer, Friday July 17, 2009 - 10:07pm

Well, well, well.

A combination of book deadlines, out-of-town gigs and summer madness served to put the kaibosh on my blogging for the past couple of weeks.

Apologies all round!

 I have a lovely Cadbury Flake and some books to give away...so we'll do the big draw tomorrow. And henceforth, the blogging will be coming fast and furious. We've got guest bloggers lined up. We've got contests. We've got all kinds of excitement as this year's conference moves ever closer. 

Hope you are all having the best summer ever...and are writing up a storm! Remember you have until September 4th to get your entries in for the SiWC Writing Contest. Entries are the same low fee of $15 per story or poem, with 100% of your entry funds going to create SiWC 2009 -- our...

kcdyer, Tuesday June 16, 2009 - 10:21pm
Tags: Terry Brooks

 

Terry Brooks will be back with us this year, and  yesterday on teh TOR site, I came across a very cool article by Shawn Speakman about Terry's kindness and brilliance as a mentor.

An excerpt:

It was a great thing having a long-standing New York Times bestselling writer look at my manuscript. I am quite lucky to have had that chance. And it has already taught me a lot. The sad reality is I have a great deal more work to do on The Dark Thorn to make it the book it should be—the book Terry can see. Until then, back to work!

 Read the whole thing HERE:

 ~kc

also blogging as...

kcdyer, Tuesday June 16, 2009 - 10:44pm

 

Long-time conference attendee Ev Bishop talks about the latest edition of a Northern British Columbia writing contestin her blog HERE.

 

Why not send an entry in? And while you're doing it -- check our our writing contest -- rules are in the sidebar ------->

 

~kc

also writing as leftwriter

& sweetly tweeting at @kcdyer 

kcdyer, Friday June 12, 2009 - 2:22pm

 

 

 

Whew!

Busy couple of days we've had this week, but registration is now safely open and we are taking on attendees by the dozen every day. Welcome to you all!

A reminder that over the next few weeks we will be firming up our schedule. This year there will be no brochures printed. We made this call for a couple of reasons. In the past, in order to get the brochures printed on time, we had to have them done about now -- literally 5-6 months prior to the conference. This means that by the time the conference [with it's cast of more than 60 presenters and 75 workshops, panels and special events] rolls around, schedules and presenters have inevitably changed somewhat, the brochures are dated and require a correction sheet supplement. ...

kcdyer, Wednesday June 10, 2009 - 10:50pm

 

Whew! It's not technically over yet, but it's been quite a day here behind the scenes at SiWC Central.

A huge thank you to all our tech staff, our wonderful WebWizard Dale, and to our brilliant and loyal attendees for your patience today as we shook and rattled the registration process onto the road.

The conference registration for SiWC 2009 is now officially underway, and after a bit of a glitchy start, we managed to register a lovely large group of attendees.

We're pretty excited about getting our registration ready so early, but this June launch means that we are still getting the site up to speed. Have a good look around the site when you get a chance -- you'll find presenter bios and pictures, planned workshops and panel schedules...

kcdyer, Wednesday June 10, 2009 - 1:50pm

Registration is up and working again!

 

~kc

kcdyer, Wednesday June 10, 2009 - 12:20pm

We are currently having a wee pricing glitch with our registration gateway in Toronto.

Working on it -- will blog here when it is fixed!

 ~kc

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