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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
kcdyer, Sunday October 11, 2009 - 9:47pm


Sharing the link love on this Turkey Day...

 Kamloops This Week Hearts Diana Gabaldon and mentions sending writers our way.

SF writer and wunderkind John Scalzi stops taunting the tauntable for long enough to laud SiWC success story Janice Hardy's new series. [and  she hearts SiWC along the way...!

In other news...

have you got your antennae yet?



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kcdyer, Sunday October 11, 2009 - 10:47am
Tags: alien turkey
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kcdyer, Saturday October 10, 2009 - 8:29pm

This week we're continuing with our series of presenter introductions, combining old friends who are returning to us with new faces to the SiWC experience.

Today's newbie is Annabel Lyon.

Annabel is the author of work in quite a variety of genres, but this year has really been her chance to shine. She's just found her name on the shortlist for the Giller Prize, as well as the Writers Trust awards, so we are very excited to have her join us.

If you check out the presenter page on our site, you'll find that Annabel is the author of Oxygen (short stories), The Best Thing for You (novellas), and All-Season Edie (juvenile novel).

Her first novel for adults,...

kcdyer, Friday October 9, 2009 - 6:45pm


We've talked about this wonderful new website before, but now our own Don McQuinn's endeavour is up and running, and they've got their first newsletter out.

I've had a peek and it is loaded with information. You can learn the basics about available  webinars, how to apply for Advanced Classes, and a look at upcoming speakers [including SiWC 2009 presenter, author Terry Brooks].  Be sure to check out the website at or to email for more information.

Even better, come to the conference and talk to Don McQuinn about his new endeavour in person!



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kcdyer, Thursday October 8, 2009 - 11:27pm
We said they were coming....And here they are!  



SiWC 2009 is being invaded by Little Green Men! Friday night, Michael Slade is bringing his 'Shock Theatre' LIVE radio plays back to SiWC . And, in honour of the upcoming Night of All Souls, and the subsequent celebration of Hallowe'en, this year's entry will be a reimagining of the famous Hallowe'en broadcast of WAR OF THE WORLDS.

But those are not the little green men of which I speak [or...type.] Last year at the conference, we had a special celebration in the form of a Masque. To keep things fresh, instead of a Masque this year, we are planning to celebrate Slade's little green men by bringing in aliens of the writerly kind.

Our challenge to YOU, dear attendees, is to dress up on Friday...

kcdyer, Monday October 5, 2009 - 3:30pm

Long-term friend of the conference Janet Oakley has had another of her stories published.






She writes: "As promised, I found out about PUTTING THINGS AWAY, shortlisted last fall [ in the SiWC 2008 contest -- ed.]. It will be published in December 2009 in A CUP OF COMFORT FOR GRIEVING HEARTS, with shipping to the stores in November. ... DRYWALL IN THE TIME OF GRIEF (winner non-fiction 2006) was published in their Classic Addition two years ago. It was one of three selected to be put into the expanded version of the original series. The book is apparently one of their best sellers."

Congratulations, Janet! We are SO proud of you. Your story should emerge right after the conference, but this is a head's up for all...

kcdyer, Sunday October 4, 2009 - 8:26pm
          Jan Markley is a joyous SiWC success story. You can read all about her history of getting published on her blog, but a great place to start is THIS POST.   Jan's new book DEAD FROG ON THE PORCH, is published by Gumboot books and will be available in October.   Congratulations on your new Dead Frog, Jan! We heart you, too!             ~kc   also blogging as leftwriter   sweetly tweeting @kcdyer & @SiWC2009
kcdyer, Saturday October 3, 2009 - 1:28pm

Our lovely Diana Gabaldon's new book AN ECHO IN THE BONE has arrived, and debuts at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list.



Diana talks about hearing the news from her publisher [in a conversation that also included a bottle of scotch and Dan Brown], and you can read about it here in her blog.


I love this picture of Diana. I took it many years ago at the conference, and what you can't see is, along with her Ladies of Lallybroch t-shrt, she is wearing her pyjama bottoms. It was at the end of a long day, but she still came out to join the CompuServe gang at our annual Par-Tay. She...

kcdyer, Friday October 2, 2009 - 9:33pm turns out I am a little behind...

This has been a Busy Year. 

Judging in the contest is a multi-stage process. Each entry is given multiple readings -- complete readings, from the first word to the last. And of course -- this takes time. Then the discussion starts, among all the members of the judging committee. A short list is formulated. Authors of the short listed pieces are notified...and the process continues.

This is where we find ourselves at this moment. As a matter of fact, shortlisted authors in the categories of Non-fiction and Writing for Young People have indeed been notified. [With a single exception that will be rectified this very evening.] 

The narrowing-down process is almost complete for the poetry category,...