SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Monday January 26, 2009 - 8:04pm

Lovers of all things Slade rejoice!

Long time-presenter and friend of the conference (yep -- that's he and his lovely daughter Rebecca standing with Board members on our front web-page...) has a brand spanking new website.

Check it out HERE: Slade's New Website.

It's chock full of tall tales and pictures -- sites from where his stories take place to a Very Worried Looking Alice Cooper.




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kcdyer, Sunday January 25, 2009 - 6:48pm
From Blank Page to Big Screen

In addition to all the vital information you need to develop a screenplay, Brian and Keith give you and your project their hands-on, personal attention. In a dynamic, collaborative environment, their 'tag team' approach will help you evolve your characters, develop your structure, conquer your unique challenges. It's not simply about learning to write: it's about being motivated, confident, and supported in your endeavours.


Upcoming Weekend Blitz Workshops

In five sessions of high-octane teaching, Vancouver Island Screenwriters Keith Digby and Brian Paisley will take participants...

kcdyer, Tuesday January 20, 2009 - 10:06pm

Multi-year presenter Hallie Ephron has a new book out -- and it's a doozy.


Here's the starred review from Publisher's Weekly:


Starred Review. An innocent yard sale jump-starts this stunning stand-alone thriller from Ephron, author of Amnesia and four other mysteries written with Donald Davidoff under the name G.H. Ephron (and one of the Ephron writing sisters), as well as two nonfiction books. Ivy and David Rose, happily married high school sweethearts, are trying to clear out the junk the previous owner left in their glorious Victorian in Brush Hills, Mass., before the birth of their first child. Among the bargain hunters is Melinda White, a high school classmate who's also pregnant. Considered...

kcdyer, Wednesday January 14, 2009 - 6:34pm

Interested in hearing from the horse's mouth what it takes to get published when writing for kids?

 If you are in the Vancouver area, check out this event on Monday, February 23 from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the downtown branch of the Vancouver Public Library:



If you are not anywhere near Vancouver, or if you can't make the event, feel free to post any questions you might have in the comments section, below. I'll do my best to answer 'em!



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kcdyer, Monday January 12, 2009 - 8:26pm
Tags: Eric Walters

The top of the year to you! Things are slowly getting back up to speed here at SiWC Central. Our valiant Warrior Webmaster Dale McGladdery has finally managed to defeat the demons that have thrown up their walls of fire onto our picture pages, and new photos are beginning to appear.


 And to start your year off right, here are the links to a few clips from 2007 and 2008 conference presenter Eric Walters. He's done up some YouTube spots to promote his new books FLASH MOB, SKETCHES  and  ALEXANDRIA OF AFRICA.





kcdyer, Wednesday December 10, 2008 - 10:00pm
Tags: CC Humphreys, VPL


SiWC 2008 alum Chris Humphreys will be doing a reading from his new book this week:

 Sez CC:

I am doing a reading from my new novel: 'Vlad, The Last Confession' at the Central Library downtown, Alma van Dusen Room, on December 12th at 7.30. Hope to see you all there!



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kcdyer, Monday December 8, 2008 - 10:35pm

...but we are almost ready to upload photographic evidence of SiWC 2008!


In the meantime, a note for those in and around the Vancouver area, looking for a shopping suggestion or two this weekend:

 HERE is a link to my Flickr page with the poster advertising A Triple Author Event this weekend at Once Upon a Huckleberry Bush bookstore in Vancouver. The three authors, all alumni of the 2008 conference (and one of whom is perhaps Very Well Known to readers of this blog) will be handing out candy canes and signing books.

In an interview from the North Pole, a jolly man in a red suit was quoted as saying, "My elves may not get toys made in time for Christmas. They are too busy reading...

kcdyer, Wednesday December 3, 2008 - 10:54pm

Lots happening!

Keep an eye out here for news about photos from this year's conference. We've got a newsletter coming out soon, too -- and don't forget that tomorrow is contest day, just in time for our now-traditional Friday giveaway.

Hope you are enjoying a cheer-filled holiday season!


More soon...



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kcdyer, Tuesday December 2, 2008 - 4:36pm

Looking for gift ideas for teens from eleven to eleventy?

 I'm posting new suggestions every day on my leftwriter blog -- come on over and have a look. And if you'd like to join in the fun and offer a suggestion of your own, I'll throw your name in the draw to win an autographed copy of MS. ZEPHYR'S NOTEBOOK.


Happy Holidays!



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kcdyer, Saturday November 29, 2008 - 4:18pm



Hope you are recovered from your surfeit of turkey feasting, if that's how you've spent the last few days. If not -- here's hoping you were writing!

I spent the morning enjoying the wit and wisdom of former SiWC presenter Nancy Warren at her Breast Cancer Fundraiser. More pix and thoughts about the event will appear on my blog -- the link is below.

So without further ado, here is the winner of our Thanksgiving Mira Book Give-Away...

Lisa Norman!

Congratulations, Lisa. Drop me a line at and I...