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 away...so 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...
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.
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:
also blogging as...
Long-time conference attendee Ev Bishop talks about the latest edition of a Northern British Columbia writing contestin her blog HERE.
Why not send an entry in? And while you're doing it -- check our our writing contest -- rules are in the sidebar ------->
also writing as leftwriter
& sweetly tweeting at @kcdyer
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...