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KathyChung, Thursday December 17, 2009 - 5:32pm

I've just come from the Christmas assembly at my daughter's school, complete with a performance by the 50 member grade 4/5/6 recorder ensemble (orchestra? band? group? What do you call it when it's 50+ kids but only one kind of instrument?)

Anyway, the official kick-off to the holidays at school reminded me that it really is that time of year. For me, that means turkey dinners, lots of baking, and family gatherings. Whatever you celebrate, all of us here at SiWC wish you the very best of times this holiday season. Enjoy!

kcdyer, Wednesday December 2, 2009 - 1:24pm

Just had a peek at some of the photos literary photographer Don Denton shot at the conference this year. They are fabulous! Check them out HERE.

[This is a sample, of a chat between Jack Whyte and Anne Perry]

 If you were at the conference, they are guarenteed to bring back great memories -- and if you were sadly absent -- have a peek to see what you missed!


kcdyer, Wednesday December 2, 2009 - 12:54pm

Lorna Suzuki is a long-time conference attendee, and this year she launched the latest book in her Imago series at our Saturday Evening Book Signing event. Yesterday she posted an interview with me on her blog, and I thought I'd just note it here, as there is a book giveaway involved. You can get a signed copy of any of my published titles, sent off to you just in time for holiday giving -- but you'll have to pick up the details of the contest by reading Lorna's post HERE.




KathyChung, Tuesday December 1, 2009 - 12:36pm

It's been a heck of a year for 2009 SiWC presenter Annabel Lyon and her book The Golden Mean, which was nominated for the Giller, the Governor General's Award, and the Writers' Trust. We are THRILLED to congratulate her for winning the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. The jury called the book an "alarmingly confident and transporting debut novel." Pretty impressive stuff, don't you think? You can read more about the award here.




kcdyer, Tuesday December 1, 2009 - 12:55pm



Recently had an email from presenter, agent Sharlene Martin. She reports:


I signed TWO clients from the SIWC---Bliss Goldstein and Christine Myers—both coincidentally from Bellingham, WA and both alumni of Stanford University! 


Congratulations to both Bliss and Christine -- how exciting! We'll watch your progress with interest as you [and your agent] reach for the stars!



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kcdyer, Tuesday December 1, 2009 - 11:50am

Heigh ho, gentle readers.

Just come off of a Very Busy Month after the conference,which has slowed my blogging pace here, somewhat. [For evidence of all that I've been up to, feel free to hop on over to my blog and have a peek!]

I can tell you that SiWC command central is already hard at work planning for 2010. But we still have a few outstanding issues to tie up for 2009. I just yesterday uploaded all my pix from the conference to my flickr page. Will load them here on the site when I can, but for now, you can check them out...

KathyChung, Friday November 20, 2009 - 8:33am

Most of our lost and found items from SiWC2009 have already been happily reunited with their owners, but four weeks out, three forlorn, lonely items still remain unclaimed, watching sadly out the window waiting for someone to come back for them. All three are paper-related, and, since we’re writers, we know just how significant those notes could be. So we couldn’t recycle them without making a public appeal to find their owners. Are they yours?


Item one is a small, Bayer CropScience spiral-bound notebook with a black pen through the spirals. A quick glance inside suggests this notebook may live in Calgary with someone who takes a physics class.


Item two is a yellow notepad with very neat notes from Hallie Ephron’s workshop and pieces cut out...

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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