This week we're continuing with our series of presenter introductions, combining old friends who are returning to us with new faces to the SiWC experience.
Today's newbie is Annabel Lyon.
Annabel is the author of work in quite a variety of genres, but this year has really been her chance to shine. She's just found her name on the shortlist for the Giller Prize, as well as the Writers Trust awards, so we are very excited to have her join us.
If you check out the presenter page on our site, you'll find that Annabel is the author of Oxygen (short stories), The Best Thing for You (novellas), and All-Season Edie (juvenile novel).
Her first novel for adults,...
We've talked about this wonderful new website before, but now our own Don McQuinn's endeavour is up and running, and they've got their first newsletter out.
I've had a peek and it is loaded with information. You can learn the basics about available webinars, how to apply for Advanced Classes, and a look at upcoming speakers [including SiWC 2009 presenter, author Terry Brooks]. Be sure to check out the website at www.wiredwriters.net or to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Even better, come to the conference and talk to Don McQuinn about his new endeavour in person!
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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...
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...
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...
So....it 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,...
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...
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...