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kcdyer, Friday September 25, 2009 - 8:12pm

Mari of the West End Writers blogs about why every Vancouver-area writer should go to the Surrey International Writers' Conference.

She also makes mention of our early bird pricing, in effect only until October 1, 2009. 

That's next Thursday...


Thanks Mari and the West End Writers.

Come join us this year!


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kcdyer, Thursday September 24, 2009 - 9:29pm

We have an incredible line-up of presenters this year, and I'd like to introduce you to two [possibly familiar] faces who are both having standout years.

We last spied author Robert J. Sawyer reading from his new book WAKE  [via Blackberry!] at Vancouver's White Dwarf books earlier this year.

Well, Rob's been busy since then, finishing his book tour, taking a stint as Writer-in-Residence in a Saskatchewan Particle Accelerator, and oh, yeah... being creative consultant on a television series based on his book FlashForward.

The program premieres tonight on ABC in the United States and Canada -- and has already received...

kcdyer, Thursday September 24, 2009 - 8:31pm
kcdyer, Thursday September 24, 2009 - 1:08pm
Tags: environment

We at SiWC Central are working very hard this year to bring you the greenest conference ever. We're cutting down on copying, producing more material on-line instead of on paper and using recycled products where ever we can. The hotel is chipping in by trying to source our food locally. Heck, we're even bringing in some little green men...[but perhaps THEY are best discussed later...]

Hand in hand with all these efforts, I'd like to introduce you to a very interesting new initiative, called Bridge to a Cool Planet. It's part of a world-wide call to action  to encourage governments to negotiate strong terms for the upcoming UN conference on global warming in Copenhagen.

Now the date...

kcdyer, Wednesday September 23, 2009 - 8:24pm
kcdyer, Wednesday September 23, 2009 - 6:50am


With just about exactly a month left until the conference, I'm hearing requests from volunteers and attendees to talk about room sharing. The Sheraton Hotel is not yet sold out, and the surrounding hotels are also offering special rates for attendees, so there are plenty of options for sharing a room with someone else coming to the conference.

This blog is a good place to start! If you'd like to share a room, or you have a room already and have space to share, leave a comment at the end of this post. Hopefully we can connect a few like-minded individuals and help save some money!


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kcdyer, Sunday September 20, 2009 - 3:11pm

We're now on twitter!

If you like to tweet, and you want to hear the latest news, follow us! We're 


See you on the nearest branch!



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kcdyer, Sunday September 20, 2009 - 12:54pm

Just added a couple of presenters to our roster ...faces both new and familiar. Here's a quick profile of each!

First the new...agent April Eberhardt, from Reece-Halsey North in San Francisco:

April joined Reece Halsey North as a Literary Agent in 2008 after five years of editorial work with Zoetrope: All-Story, a literary magazine, and another agency. Her specialty is adult commercial and literary fiction, particularly contemporary urban fiction, ironic family dramas and realistic midlife tales, often with a twist, preferably involving strong female characters. She is attracted to collections of interlinked stories with a common character or theme. An original voice and smart, speedy delivery are critical, as is a subtle sense of the absurd.


kcdyer, Wednesday September 16, 2009 - 9:21pm
Tags: ride share

It's that time again -- time for making connections and new friends who are vehicle-generous!



If you are looking to share a ride to SiWC 2009, this is the place to be. Leave your message in the comments, and help save the planet when you save a little gas!

Let me open up the bidding with Andrea Simmonds of Friday Harbour, WA. Andrea has a lift to the conference, but she needs a ride home. If you'll be driving that way, you can contact her at as4444 [at] centurytel [dot] net 

Now it's your turn. Able to give Andrea a lift or want to share with someone else? Leave your name in the comments. Let's all arrive at SiWC safely...and in style!



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kcdyer, Saturday September 5, 2009 - 9:42pm

Hey Gang,

Okay -- we survived contest deadline week and have now plunged into Labour Day, back-to-school madness. Part of that madness for me this year includes the first SiWC Road Show.

For the last week of September, (and the first couple of days of October) I'll be hitting every Lower Mainland secondary and post-secondary institution of learning that will have me, talking about SiWC. Topics include why you should come, who you will meet, what you will gain from this intense weekend, and JUST WHAT IS ALL THE FUSS ABOUT ANYWAY?


These guys will not be driving the car.

If, by chance, you'd like me to come and visit YOUR writing group, creative writing class, English faculty, Arts Department or whatever collective noun you belong to... well, I would...