Busy couple of days we've had this week, but registration is now safely open and we are taking on attendees by the dozen every day. Welcome to you all!
A reminder that over the next few weeks we will be firming up our schedule. This year there will be no brochures printed. We made this call for a couple of reasons. In the past, in order to get the brochures printed on time, we had to have them done about now -- literally 5-6 months prior to the conference. This means that by the time the conference [with it's cast of more than 60 presenters and 75 workshops, panels and special events] rolls around, schedules and presenters have inevitably changed somewhat, the brochures are dated and require a correction sheet supplement. ...
Whew! It's not technically over yet, but it's been quite a day here behind the scenes at SiWC Central.
A huge thank you to all our tech staff, our wonderful WebWizard Dale, and to our brilliant and loyal attendees for your patience today as we shook and rattled the registration process onto the road.
The conference registration for SiWC 2009 is now officially underway, and after a bit of a glitchy start, we managed to register a lovely large group of attendees.
We're pretty excited about getting our registration ready so early, but this June launch means that we are still getting the site up to speed. Have a good look around the site when you get a chance -- you'll find presenter bios and pictures, planned workshops and panel schedules...
Registration is up and working again!
We are currently having a wee pricing glitch with our registration gateway in Toronto.
Working on it -- will blog here when it is fixed!
As you might well know by now, our conference is held every year at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. For those who live out of town [and even those who live nearby but don't necessarily want to drive home late at night after all the festivities] it's a great place to stay, but it fills up pretty fast.
The good news is, it's not full yet -- lots of rooms are still available for this year's conference.
We've just put a fresh link on ourwebsite, but here it is, in case you'd like to ensure there's a place to rest your weary head after a day of mad conferencing!
As of less than five minutes ago, we are now live with the list of five Master Classes for this fall. Registration is on track to be open at noon. Keep an eye out here for the latest info!
No, I am not dying of envy, nor have I eaten a questionable oyster. I am merely reflecting our new goal for SiWC 2009 -- to go as green as possible!
We have a number of new initiatives underway, but the one you may notice first is that we are NOT going to mass-produce hard copies of our brochure this year. Once we have all the elements of the program in place, we'll put a printer-friendly version on the website. We even have plans in the works to format it so it can be readable on a hand-held device while at the conference -- all the blackberry lovers raise a cheer!
Our primary motivation is to reduce our carbon footprint and be good ecological citizens. More on that soon as our other initiatives come to fruition. But we also want to keep our costs -- and...
Just a little heads up that MANY updates and changes are happening on our site today, as we flip 2008 to 2009. We are hoping to have all the necessary info up by Wednesday, prior to our on-line registration opening.
This includes ALMOST all our programming for the conference, registration costs and dates, and the presenters' bios and photos.
You'll note registration costs have NOT risen from last year -- hurrah!
IF, however, you have any questions or concerns, feel free to fire them into an email to me [at firstname.lastname@example.org] or in the comments box below, and we'll try to sort them out right away.
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As promised, here is a complete list of this year's faculty, SiWC 2009. We have writers of poetry, prose, travel stories, history, how-to's, journalism, mystery, kids' books, historical fiction, short stories, women's fiction, speculative fiction, social media, romance, humour, urban fantasy, stories for young adults, picture books, memoir, weblogs, science fiction, horror, screenplays, adventure, and thrillers. We even have writers who write about writing! And on top of that, SiWC 2009 has the agents, editors and publishers who acquire from each and every element. We have workshops and programs for every level of experience, from beginning writer to published professional. Over the next little while, the bios and pictures of this wonderful group will be finding their way onto...
For those of you who follow my Twitter account [@kcdyer, in case you are a secret tweeter yourself] , I have to confess to a small jetlag fail. I promised yesterday to announce the date SiWC registration will open for the year last night -- and then I fell asleep.
But I'm conscious once more, and have just finished a newsletter announcement which should be heading out shortly to all our email followers, announcing the actual date. And for you, the faithful blog audience -- a small preview...
Next Wednesday, June 10th at noon, we plan to open registration on-line and by telephone.
There you have it! A full month earlier than last year -- hurrah!
Now, for the next few days, we'll be scrambling to get all...