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kcdyer, Tuesday September 29, 2009 - 11:06pm



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kcdyer, Tuesday September 29, 2009 - 11:10am

Our conference is best known for the incredible level of professional development it brings to writers, but we also have a reputation for being a wonderful starting place for new writers.

So new writers with questions...? This post is for YOU.

Don't know the difference between an editor and an agent? Just what the heck is a blue pencil -- I mean, I know it's cold in the Great White North, but cold enough to turn all the pencils blue?

If you are brand new to writing or even just to the 'getting published' part, your best place to start is HERE at our FAQ page. It'll explain why our pencils are blue [hint: not cold, but...

kcdyer, Monday September 28, 2009 - 9:30pm

Three days left -- to save some money!

Just a reminder that our Earlybird pricing remains in effect for the conference only until this Thursday, October 1, 2009. So as of 12:01 Friday morning, regular prices will resume.

Tell your friends -- now is the time to sign up for SiWC 2009!

Did you follow our live-twittering of WOTS this weekend? You can find us at @SiWC2009.


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kcdyer, Sunday September 27, 2009 - 9:41pm

Great day today at Word on the Street. Had a blast making the rounds, talking about the conference and meeting the glowing literati of the Vancouver area. Tons of our presenters were on the street, performing, schmoozing, having a ball.

It was the first official 'shadow' outing for my successor, Kathy Chung. Kathy will be keeping a close eye on the workings of the conference this year, as she'll be taking over as conference coordinator in 2010. We'll be profiling her on this blog very soon.

The Book Broads [Angela Crocker, Kim Plumly and Peggy Richardson] interviewed Kathy and me for a video post on their blog. We'll post a link to it here when it goes live. We talked about all the great stuff we have planned for the conference this...

kcdyer, Sunday September 27, 2009 - 9:25am


Spent the afternoon on Bowen Island yesterday, celebrating the book launch of GENERATION with writer and poet Bernice Lever. GENERATION is Bernice's ninth book of poetry and her fourth with Black Moss Press.

She had a great launch, and spent the day meeting and greeting her fans and admirerers, all the while wearing a button proclaiming: Take a Canadian Author To Bed!

It was a fantastic day -- huge congratulations to Bernice on her accomplishment. You can meet Bernice and talk with her at the conference next month -- be sure to take advantage of the opportunity!


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