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kcdyer, Wednesday May 13, 2009 - 8:58pm

From the 'good news' department, SiWC attendee just sealed a deal that began here at SiWC 2008.

Here's the post from Publisher's Lunch:


Denise Jaden's LOSING FAITH, about a teenage girl whose quest to solve the mystery of her sister's death leads her to a strange religious cult, to Anica Rissi at Simon Pulse, for publication in fall 2010, by Michelle Humphrey at Sterling Lord Literistic (NA). And here's the link to her blog and website, where she narrates her road to being a published author.

Congratulations, Denise!!!



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kcdyer, Wednesday May 6, 2009 - 12:58pm

Hey all you poetry fans! NaPoMo may be over for another year, but cool poetry contests abound. Just got the details of this one all the way out in Hamilton, Ontario -- check it out:


Put your poetry on the map! gritLIT, Hamilton's literary festival, seeks interesting poetry that shows the way -- a small set of poems, or one long work of poetry that stands out, and puts the winners on the map in Hamilton and elsewhere. While we don't have the pull to name a city street after the winner, we will     * publish the top three entries in a chapbook     * supply each winner with 20 copies of that chapbook, and     * distribute and sell the chapbook as part of our gritLIT's souvenir and bookselling programs. There is a PDF version of the contest...

kcdyer, Monday May 4, 2009 - 3:46pm
Tags: conferences

A note received today regarding a Washington conference (Held in Wenatchee) ....


Sign up NOW for the May 16 Writer On the River Conference and become the writer you know you can be.

There is still room for you at this year’s Write On The River Conference.  A record number of writers have already registered for our May 16 Conference, and we would love to have you join us.

Workshop registration is still open, but if you just can't make the all-day conference this year, consider a 1/2 day Sunday with Brian McDonald ($50), or just drop by at 8:00am Saturday for the keynote speech by Jess Walter ($5 at the door).  For registration information, go to ...

kcdyer, Sunday May 3, 2009 - 6:29pm

SiWC founder Ed Griffin has long been an advocate of bringing creative writing to local prisons. I just got a note from him that, in addition to the writing program at Matsqui Prison for women, the Fraser Valley Institute for women (a federal prison) has now got a creative writing program established.



Congratulations, Ed!



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kcdyer, Friday April 24, 2009 - 1:49pm

The April issue of FOUR AND TWENTY, an on-line short form poetry journal is up, and SiWC presenter Shelley Harrison Rae is featured. This is a special double issue in honour of National Poetry Month, so lots to enjoy.

More information is HERE.

Congratulations, Shelley!



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kcdyer, Wednesday April 22, 2009 - 3:01pm

Found this really great article on the Publisher's Weekly blog site.


We'll be tackling the topic of the changing publishing world this year at SiWC. More details soon!

12 Steps to Better Book Publishing


kcdyer, Wednesday April 22, 2009 - 3:49pm

Robert J. Sawyer, a past presenter who will return this year to SiWC, spoke to a standing-room-only audience on Monday night at White Dwarf bookstore in Kits. 


I arrived a bit late to find him already reading from his new book WAKE (he did not read from a copy of the book, but actually from his Blackberry, as you can see in the picture). There was no room left to sit, and the house was packed and rivetted to him throughout the reading. A lively question period followed.

Sawyer continues his tour across the country for the next couple of weeks. I know he signed a pile of books at White Dwarf -- if you'd like a copy they may have one or two left. If not -- you'll have to wait until the fall, when there will plenty of chances to get him to sign at...

kcdyer, Friday April 10, 2009 - 8:40pm



Here we are. Mid-April already!

I certainly have lots to report -- where to begin, where to begin...?

We have almost got our presenter roster in place for 2009. A few tweaks, a twiddle here and there, and it will be ready. This may seem early, but actually I am much later getting to this than I have in the past...mostly because I am also juggling the arrival of my new book. (If you haven't checked it out, you can read about it HERE.)

But all is not only well, but ahead of schedule, in some ways. For the first time, we are going to open registration early this year. As soon as I have a firm date, I'll post it here. 

Why are we doing this, you ask?


kcdyer, Friday April 10, 2009 - 8:35pm

...and you can read all about it HERE on Kristin Nelson's blog.

Today Janice's editor Donna Bray chimes in about her part in the process.

Check out earlier posts to read Janice's full story, and how she got to be featured both here and in Kristin's blog!



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kcdyer, Thursday April 9, 2009 - 2:14pm

...lately, especially in the blogsphere.


Guess that's what happens to you if you attend the Surrey International Writers' Conference as an unpublished writer, and walk away ...with an agent, a book contract and a great book deal!


Want to learn more? Then, first have a look HERE at Agent Kristin Nelson's blog. Agent Kristin talks about Janice's Query letter and why her pitch was so successful.


Then, hop on over HERE to...