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KathyChung, Wednesday April 8, 2015 - 2:19pm

The first newsletter of SiWC 2015 is out! If you're on our list, you should see it in your inbox soon. It's always available on our newsletter page here, too:

Happy reading!

kcdyer, Wednesday April 1, 2015 - 12:55pm

Ladies and Gentlemen ... start your engines! The 23rd annual Surrey International Writers' Conference contest is officially running.

This year, we have decided to focus our energies on the Storyteller's Award, so we will be accepting fiction entries of 2500-5000 words only. Winner collects $1000 in prize money and more! Check out all the details HERE on our contest page. If you have a question, email me at

Contest closes at midnight, September 18, 2015.

Start your spring off with our four favourite words: This Day We Write!



kc dyer, #SiWC15 Contest Coordinatorwww.kcdyer.comsweetly tweeting @kcdyer
kcdyer, Tuesday March 31, 2015 - 3:24pm

The SiWC Society Board has been involved this year with the formation of this new postion. Here are the details:

Call for Applications, City of Surrey Poet Laureate

The City of Surrey in partnership with Surrey Libraries, Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Surrey Arts Services, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Arts Council of Surrey, Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Semiahmoo Arts, and Surrey Muse is seeking applications for the inaugural position of Poet Laureate. Surrey’s Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador for the City of Surrey and the people of Surrey, advocating for literacy and the literary arts and helping to raise the status of poetry, language, and the arts in the everyday consciousness of Surrey residents....

kcdyer, Friday March 27, 2015 - 11:37pm

Happy springtime!

Things are warming up all over, and no more so than here at SiWC Central, where we are shedding our winter layers and welcoming some writing-in-the-sun time.

Our writing contest opens up this year on April 1st. Have you got an entry ready for us yet? If not, there's still time -- contest deadline this year is midnight, September 18th.

You'll notice a change in our guidelines this year -- we are only accepting entries in the Storyteller category, which encompasses any piece of short fiction, 2500-5000 words. If you've written a short story lately, why not give the contest a whirl? Entry fees have not been raised in over a decade, and the return is excellent. First prize is $1000 and publication on the front page of our website.


KathyChung, Sunday February 1, 2015 - 6:09pm
Tags: #siwc15

Looking for information about the 2015 Surrey International Writers' Conference? You've come to the right place. 

Here's a timeline of what to expect:

Jan-March - 2014 conference information will still be up to give you a general idea of what to expect from this year's conference.

March-April - we'll start posting details of #siwc15, starting with our presenter roster and writing contest details. Workshop information will follow in April/May. We'll also announce our registration date around this time. If you haven't already booked your hotel room at the Sheraton, we recommend doing it now. The hotel fills EVERY YEAR, and rooms at our negotiated group rate go first. Check our hotel page for details. 

April 1 - our writing contest will open to submissions...

KathyChung, Sunday November 16, 2014 - 11:07am

Attention all #SiWC14 attendees!

We saw you with your smart phones and cameras at the conference, taking tonnes of pictures and snips of video all weekend long. We'd love to see what you captured. 

Please send us any photos, video clips (shorter than 3 minutes), Vines, or whatever other sorts of images you may have taken at SiWC this October that you'd like to share. Our email address for images is If you get them to us before November 30, we'll enter you in our photo and video contest. We'll pick a winner before Christmas. 

If you're sending photos of people, it'd be great if you could tell us their names. Thanks!

Sending us your images indicates your permission for us to use them freely for promotional purposes, but you retain your...

KathyChung, Wednesday November 5, 2014 - 3:04pm
Tags: siwc14

Hello, all,

I posted over at my own site today, and ended up writing about all you lovely #siwc14 people. The post is at if you'd like to read it.

More here soon!


kcdyer, Tuesday October 28, 2014 - 2:23pm
Tags: #siwc14

Well, ladies and gentlemen and writers of all stripes, was that not the Best Year EVER?

2014 is history, and it was really one for the books. We'll be back soon with more info, but for now, to our presenters, attendees and volunteers --





kcdyer, Friday October 24, 2014 - 7:48am

Well, it's finally here! SiWC14 began with a collection of wonderful Master Classes yesterday, and the conference itself begins this morning. A note to all contest entrants that the short-listed writers have all been notified and the winners will be announced this evening after the banquet. Thank you so much to all who entered -- see you next year!

 On-site registration is still being accepted, so if you make a last-minute decision to attend, please come and join the fun! We've got more than 70 workshops, panels and events planned, pitch sessions and the blue pencil cafe are still booking and of course, Michael Slade's Shock Theatre late tonight is not to be missed.

Hope to see you here in Surrey!



kcdyerContest Coordinatorkcdyer@siwc....
KathyChung, Monday October 20, 2014 - 9:08am
Tags: siwc14

It's here!

A whole year of planning, scheming, dreaming, and waiting culminates in this week's Surrey International Writers' Conference, and we are so very excited to share it with you. 

If you missed registering before our cut-off, you'll be pleased to know we will be offering on-site registration. Our registration desk opens in the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 23, at 9am, mostly for people checking in for master classes, but you can register then, too, and will be open throughout the conference day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can check out the registration details on our registration page

See you in a few days!