SiWC Blog

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...

kcdyer, Sunday October 25, 2009 - 11:30pm

A sleepy [and short] message from your outgoing conference coordinator, bidding presenters, attendees and volunteers a fond farewell after  what I hope was a marvellous conference experience at the 2009 Surrey International Writers' Conference.

A reminder ... if you would like a copy of any of the handouts provided by presenters this weekend, please email me at . I'll send you a Word doc as soon as I can.

[This is in support of our Green Endeavour -- our attempt to ensure we don't run off more paper than is absolutely required.]

And on a personal note -- please accept my most humble thanks for all the gracious words of kindness directed toward me this weekend. This conference is the product of the work of...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 11:08pm

Here we go....!

 Questions, worries, concerns?

You know how to find me!



 Please note. This is not me. But if you have access to a Transporter, get yourself in one and beam over to SiWC. Master Classes start tomorrow!

On-line registration is now closed, but you can still register at the conference.


See you there!




kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 10:29pm
Tags: award

This just in!!!


Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the  6th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco with Jerry Clark


From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco—using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark—tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.

Forced by Northcott to...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 21, 2009 - 8:28am

Our conference schedule has been up for months now, courtesy of our wonderful WebWizard Dale McGladdery. You can access it via the '2009 Schedule' link on the website, broken down by date and time.

But this year we did not create a full brochure, so it's not in printable format. Instead, as registrants arrive, you'll receive an abbrievtiated version of what's on the website, plus a summary of the bios of our presenters, along with your other conference information.

No need to print anything off, then -- when you arrive you'll find all the information you need in your registration packet.

Our registration desk will be open in the main lobby of the Vancouver Sheraton Guildford hotel [pictured here] from noon on Thursday and...

kcdyer, Sunday October 18, 2009 - 3:10pm

Here we go! In a few hours we'll be in conference week.

Of course, things don't really get started until Thursday afternoon with the Master Classes -- but don't fool yourself ...we are HOPPING here at SiWC central!

I'm going to request, as of this posting, that any changes you require to your Pitch or Blue Pencil appointments be made at the conference. We will have EXTRA staff on our  Appointment Desk to help deal with your requests.

Let me add that there are still tons of appointments left, even for those who have booked already. Once we ensure that everyone has had a chance to get at least one appointment, we open up the doors for repeat appointments. This is why a weekend conference pass is such a deal -- at most other conferences appointments...

kcdyer, Saturday October 17, 2009 - 7:37pm

We've just added a new author and agent to our line-up for this year. Let me introduce you!


This is Sharlene Martin.

She is the Founder of Martin Literary Management, a nonfiction agency located in Seattle. She specializes in highly commercial nonfiction genres including memoirs, prescriptive (how to) parenting, health, business (entrepreneurial driven) true crime, celebrity related books and pop culture.

She is the co-author of the upcoming Writer’s Digest book: Publish Your Nonfiction Book: Strategies for Learning the Industry, Selling Your Book, and Building a Successful Career.

You can find out more at her website, here:


kcdyer, Saturday October 17, 2009 - 1:47pm

Okay...we've had Room Sharing, Ride sharing...

and now, Ferry Sharing!

[Unlike Fairies or even Faeries -- BC Ferries are made for sharing!]


If you are looking for a ride from Tswwassen Ferry, why not share your info here? We've got a bunch of Islanders coming -- share the gas, save the fare and save the air!

Leave your contact info in the comments -- and let's share that ferry*!


*No actual fairies were involved in the writing of this psa.



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fleetingly tweeting @kcdyer & @siwc2009

kcdyer, Friday October 16, 2009 - 11:31pm
Sean Cranbury, plugged in social media guy runs a live radio show called 'Books on the Radio'. The show runs live Wednesdays on CJSF 90.1 FM.   Past shows are available as podcasts on his site. And this week, he's put up an interview he did with me regarding the conference this year.   Check it out HERE.   We sat in the sun on Commercial Drive last week and watched the world go by as we chatted.      Enjoy!   ~kc also blogging as leftwriter sweetly tweeting @kcdyer & @siwc2009