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kcdyer, Thursday October 8, 2009 - 11:27pm
We said they were coming....And here they are!  



SiWC 2009 is being invaded by Little Green Men! Friday night, Michael Slade is bringing his 'Shock Theatre' LIVE radio plays back to SiWC . And, in honour of the upcoming Night of All Souls, and the subsequent celebration of Hallowe'en, this year's entry will be a reimagining of the famous Hallowe'en broadcast of WAR OF THE WORLDS.

But those are not the little green men of which I speak [or...type.] Last year at the conference, we had a special celebration in the form of a Masque. To keep things fresh, instead of a Masque this year, we are planning to celebrate Slade's little green men by bringing in aliens of the writerly kind.

Our challenge to YOU, dear attendees, is to dress up on Friday...

kcdyer, Monday October 5, 2009 - 3:30pm

Long-term friend of the conference Janet Oakley has had another of her stories published.






She writes: "As promised, I found out about PUTTING THINGS AWAY, shortlisted last fall [ in the SiWC 2008 contest -- ed.]. It will be published in December 2009 in A CUP OF COMFORT FOR GRIEVING HEARTS, with shipping to the stores in November. ... DRYWALL IN THE TIME OF GRIEF (winner non-fiction 2006) was published in their Classic Addition two years ago. It was one of three selected to be put into the expanded version of the original series. The book is apparently one of their best sellers."

Congratulations, Janet! We are SO proud of you. Your story should emerge right after the conference, but this is a head's up for all...

kcdyer, Sunday October 4, 2009 - 8:26pm
          Jan Markley is a joyous SiWC success story. You can read all about her history of getting published on her blog, but a great place to start is THIS POST.   Jan's new book DEAD FROG ON THE PORCH, is published by Gumboot books and will be available in October.   Congratulations on your new Dead Frog, Jan! We heart you, too!             ~kc   also blogging as leftwriter   sweetly tweeting @kcdyer & @SiWC2009
kcdyer, Saturday October 3, 2009 - 1:28pm

Our lovely Diana Gabaldon's new book AN ECHO IN THE BONE has arrived, and debuts at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list.



Diana talks about hearing the news from her publisher [in a conversation that also included a bottle of scotch and Dan Brown], and you can read about it here in her blog.


I love this picture of Diana. I took it many years ago at the conference, and what you can't see is, along with her Ladies of Lallybroch t-shrt, she is wearing her pyjama bottoms. It was at the end of a long day, but she still came out to join the CompuServe gang at our annual Par-Tay. She...

kcdyer, Friday October 2, 2009 - 9:33pm turns out I am a little behind...

This has been a Busy Year. 

Judging in the contest is a multi-stage process. Each entry is given multiple readings -- complete readings, from the first word to the last. And of course -- this takes time. Then the discussion starts, among all the members of the judging committee. A short list is formulated. Authors of the short listed pieces are notified...and the process continues.

This is where we find ourselves at this moment. As a matter of fact, shortlisted authors in the categories of Non-fiction and Writing for Young People have indeed been notified. [With a single exception that will be rectified this very evening.] 

The narrowing-down process is almost complete for the poetry category,...

kcdyer, Friday October 2, 2009 - 8:55pm

Kristen Nelson, great friend of SiWC and agent extraordinaire, today writes a very illuminating blog post in which our fine conference figures prominently.

It's an exciting story, filled with passion, thrills, chills and a six-figure deal for a debut author! 

We've talked about author Janice Hardy in this blog before, but it's never too late to offer her congratulations again on her new y/a series, as featured in Kristen's blog.

Just for the record, [and, as noted in Kristin's comments] the pitch and blue pencil appointments at the Surrey International Writers' Conference come without extra charge. To keep things as even as possible, we...

kcdyer, Thursday October 1, 2009 - 10:22pm

Just finished sending out email notifications to the shortlisted authors in the Writing For Young People and Non-Fiction categories.


This is how my eyeballs feel:


<snerk> I run this pic every year. SO unoriginal. And yet, so true.

Anyway, will be notifying the shortlisted authors of Fiction and Poetry tomorrow...I hope. I am more than a week late, and after I write this blog, I need to write the judges and apologize. It's just been that kinda year...

However, in other news, our registration numbers are really taking off. Tell your friends -- we're into our last three weeks and we want everyone to know how wonderful our conference is going to be this year!

More on the invasion of little green men, soon! (Plus an...

kcdyer, Wednesday September 30, 2009 - 4:17pm



The wonderful Book Broads pinned Kathy Chung and myself down at Word on the Street in Vancouver this year, and we chatted about the conference.

Watch here --


[If I figure out how to embed it, I'll replace the link.]

~kc [aka, the big-mouth in the video....]

also blogging as leftwriter

sweetly tweeting @kcdyer and @SiWC2009



kcdyer, Tuesday September 29, 2009 - 11:06pm



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kcdyer, Tuesday September 29, 2009 - 11:10am

Our conference is best known for the incredible level of professional development it brings to writers, but we also have a reputation for being a wonderful starting place for new writers.

So new writers with questions...? This post is for YOU.

Don't know the difference between an editor and an agent? Just what the heck is a blue pencil -- I mean, I know it's cold in the Great White North, but cold enough to turn all the pencils blue?

If you are brand new to writing or even just to the 'getting published' part, your best place to start is HERE at our FAQ page. It'll explain why our pencils are blue [hint: not cold, but...