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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
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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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kcdyer, Wednesday November 4, 2009 - 10:57pm
With the memories of SiWC 2009 still fresh in our minds, we're turning our attention to re-creating the SiWC magic in 2010.   Want to keep up with our news as we go along? I'll be blogging here, of course, and so will kc.   We also have a brand new Twitter stream @SiWCtweets. Follow us there for up-to-the-minute information about the conference, our presenters, and whatever other SiWCish content catches our eyes.   If you're already following us @siwc2009, note that we'll be retiring that stream soon, so @SiWCtweets is your new source of conference information on Twitter.   But even with plans for next year in the works, we're still enjoying the memories of SiWC 2009, naturally.   It was a particularly good year for attendee...
kcdyer, Sunday November 1, 2009 - 12:41pm turns out that the week after the conference is ALMOST as nutso as the week before. So much to do -- so many thanks to share, waves goodbye to flutter, kisses to blow -- well, you get the picture.

Kathy Chung has taken the reins of the position of coordinator, and you will see her around here a lot more, very soon. But don't think you've gotten rid of me completely -- no sirree. I'll still be around like a bad penny, turning up when you least expect it. I've accepted a position on the Board, and as the biggest resident geek in the place, I'll still be hovering around the blog, of course.

For today, I'd like to give you a taste of what some of the attendees have to say about SiWC 2009 on line. Didn't make it this year? Have a read of some of these blog posts...

kcdyer, Thursday October 29, 2009 - 1:28pm

Hey everyone -- there's a new kid in town!

This is Kathy Chung, and she'll be taking over as conference coordinator...well, as of right now. She's in charge [along with our Board of Directors, School District staff and a fantastic selection of volunteers] of getting the SiWC 2010 show on the road.

I'll be moving [along with my tights] to a position on the Board, so you'll see me at SiWC 2010, but just not in quite the same role.

Kathy's been coming to the conference almost as long as I have -- since 2001, I believe. And she's been Contest Assistant for the past three years, so she has a really good grip on how our systems run. She's a writer and a teacher and a mother...and she's excited about joining the group of crazies who put on this event...