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kcdyer, Saturday August 15, 2009 - 12:31pm

For all the local Surrey will remember Ed is the founder of the Surrey International Writers' Conference. Here is his new endeavour!


You’ve probably heard that Surrey Schools has cancelled all continuing education course for adults. No more guitar classes, Spanish conversation, Punjabi cooking and Creative Writing.

Our creative writing program was the best in the lower mainland. People came from Burnaby, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Port Coquitlam and other communities to take our courses. We are not going to let it die. We have started our own non-profit writers’ school, called Surrey Writers’ School. Instead of going to your local school, in many cases you will find our courses at your local library.

It’s essential that we succeed and...

kcdyer, Friday August 14, 2009 - 10:21pm
Tags: prizes, ooh-la-la

Three weeks today, my pretties.


The pen is mighty ...  $4000 in prize money to be won!

 And here's the word -- entries are down! Have you sent yours in yet? Send 'em by mail. Send 'em by email. Drop 'em off... we want your entries! Stories, Non-fiction, poetry and writing for kids. 

We want 'em all. The entry fee has not increased in five years -- $15 per entry, with the procedes going to making this conference the BEST ever!

Speaking of the conference -- ooh-la-la have we got some surpises in store for you this year!

 But first -- ENTER THE CONTEST!

 Details HERE.


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kcdyer, Monday August 10, 2009 - 2:37pm

Lots going on these days at SiWC central. While the rest of you are sweltering, basking (or freezing...this is a Canadian summer, after all) out there, we are hard at work behind the scenes getting things ready for the conference.

A quick note -- the school district (who answers our phones) is down to a pretty skeleton staff over the summer, so if you want to register and can't get through to someone who can help you, just drop me an email at and I'll see what I can do.

 On to the news:

 Long time presenter and friend of the conference Don McQuinn has a wonderful new endeavour on the go. His new site is here: and Don and his...

kcdyer, Thursday August 6, 2009 - 8:23am

After three years in the job, I will be retiring as SiWC conference coordinator at the end of our event this year, and our Board is currently engaged in the process of looking for someone who would like to take on the position. This job has been a labour of love for me, and I will continue to maintain a strong association with the conference, but it's time for some new blood at the helm. I'm hoping you, our devoted blog readers, will help me spread the word so we can find the perfect person to take on the challenge. If you, or someone you know, is interested in this position, you can contact SiWC Board member Carrie Higgins by email at as she is charged with overseeing the questions of applicants interested in the job...

kcdyer, Friday July 31, 2009 - 11:24pm

This fall season is going to be amazing in the book world. A motherlode of books from bestselling authors are appearing this year -- and we've got some of the biggest names coming to our conference!


This year will bring new books from Jack Whyte, Diana Gabaldon, Michael Slade, Robert Dugoni...and more. (Including a new kc dyer book...have I mentioned that one, yet?)

But don't just take my word for it...when in doubt, turn to the BookNinja!



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kcdyer, Monday July 20, 2009 - 10:03pm

This is the first in a series of guest blogs we'll be presenting here at SiWC blog central, leading up to our conference in October.

Today we welcome presenter Darren Barefoot, who will return this fall as one of our social media experts. Darren and his partner Julie are also the freshly-minted authors of their own new book, emerging this fall. I'll give you a head's up when it hits the shelves.

In this post, Darren not only shares a few tips on Social Media Marketing, but also offers a discount code for SiWC blog readers who want to take his marketing course!

(Full disclosure: I'll be taking the course this week...and not only that, I plan to sneak into the back of Darren's workshops at SiWC 2009!)

So, without further ado, here are a few words from...

kcdyer, Monday July 20, 2009 - 9:18pm
Tags: volunteers



We're always looking for 'em -- our conference could not exist without our volunteers! We love them as the dragon loves his gold horde...

             as the eagle loves her sushi...

                             as the librarian loves his first editions...

So when I read THIS today on BookNinja George's blog, I realized it was a Must Link.

You too can become a Literary Escort, with all the pleasures that might entail.

All you need to do is ask...


PS The person to ask is our volunteer coordinator Camille Netherton.  You can find her under the 'Contact Us' tab on the menu...

kcdyer, Saturday July 18, 2009 - 10:14pm

Your name was drawn from the hat as winner of THIS contest.

The point of the contest (for those who may have forgotten) was to garner a list of the names of presenters who have inspired your pens and won your hearts over the years at the Surrey International Writers' Conference.

The entries were drawn from names submitted to the comments section, and a most interesting selection we had. But I confess to a secret surge of delight when Jenny's name came out of the hat...anyone who can rhyme 'pseudonym' with 'nude in 'em'

...well, she's a star in my book.

We had a number of incredible entries. Thanks to all who entered -- check 'em out...

kcdyer, Friday July 17, 2009 - 10:07pm

Well, well, well.

A combination of book deadlines, out-of-town gigs and summer madness served to put the kaibosh on my blogging for the past couple of weeks.

Apologies all round!

 I have a lovely Cadbury Flake and some books to give we'll do the big draw tomorrow. And henceforth, the blogging will be coming fast and furious. We've got guest bloggers lined up. We've got contests. We've got all kinds of excitement as this year's conference moves ever closer. 

Hope you are all having the best summer ever...and are writing up a storm! Remember you have until September 4th to get your entries in for the SiWC Writing Contest. Entries are the same low fee of $15 per story or poem, with 100% of your entry funds going to create SiWC 2009 -- our...

kcdyer, Tuesday June 16, 2009 - 10:21pm
Tags: Terry Brooks


Terry Brooks will be back with us this year, and  yesterday on teh TOR site, I came across a very cool article by Shawn Speakman about Terry's kindness and brilliance as a mentor.

An excerpt:

It was a great thing having a long-standing New York Times bestselling writer look at my manuscript. I am quite lucky to have had that chance. And it has already taught me a lot. The sad reality is I have a great deal more work to do on The Dark Thorn to make it the book it should be—the book Terry can see. Until then, back to work!

 Read the whole thing HERE:


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