Lots going on these days at SiWC central. While the rest of you are sweltering, basking (or freezing...this is a Canadian summer, after all) out there, we are hard at work behind the scenes getting things ready for the conference.
A quick note -- the school district (who answers our phones) is down to a pretty skeleton staff over the summer, so if you want to register and can't get through to someone who can help you, just drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do.
On to the news:
Long time presenter and friend of the conference Don McQuinn has a wonderful new endeavour on the go. His new site is here: http://www.wiredwriters.net/ and Don and his team aim to make it the best go-to...
After three years in the job, I will be retiring as SiWC conference coordinator at the end of our event this year, and our Board is currently engaged in the process of looking for someone who would like to take on the position. This job has been a labour of love for me, and I will continue to maintain a strong association with the conference, but it's time for some new blood at the helm. I'm hoping you, our devoted blog readers, will help me spread the word so we can find the perfect person to take on the challenge. If you, or someone you know, is interested in this position, you can contact SiWC Board member Carrie Higgins by email at email@example.com as she is charged with overseeing the questions of applicants interested in the job. But to give you a general idea, the...
This fall season is going to be amazing in the book world. A motherlode of books from bestselling authors are appearing this year -- and we've got some of the biggest names coming to our conference!
This year will bring new books from Jack Whyte, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Slade, Robert Dugoni...and more. (Including a new kc dyer book...have I mentioned that one, yet?)
But don't just take my word for it...when in doubt, turn to the BookNinja!
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softly, sweetly tweeting @kcdyer
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...
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...
PS The person to ask is our volunteer coordinator Camille Netherton. You can find her under the 'Contact Us' tab on the menu...
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...
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...
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.
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:
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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 ------->
also writing as leftwriter
& sweetly tweeting at @kcdyer
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. ...