If you see this man at our conference (what conference, you ask? Why, the Surrey International Writers' Conference, coming to you THIS WEEK!) please feel free to shower him with Diamonds and Pearls. He's Jeffery McGraw and he'll be hosting our Diamonds and Pearls Romance panel on Friday morning.
Not only that, he is a long-time conference favourite and a real GEM of a guy!
Keep your eyes peeled -- there's a final newsletter rolling through the ether at you shortly. (What newsletter, you say? Why, The SiWC on-line newsletter. Sign up for it today!)
More last-minute details soon!
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Third Draft NYC editor Lisa Rector-Maass has come up with the winners of her student scholarship for SiWC 2008. The winners will be announced at our award ceremony on Friday, October 24th at 7 pm.
Lisa and her co-judges tell me they had a selection of wonderful entries this year, and we are going to feature some of the winning pieces here on our blog in the coming days.
If you'd like more information regarding this scholarship in future years, you can contact Lisa at:
Keep an eye on this space for some stellar examples of emerging writers!
Who will wear the crown?
(Actually, there are four crowns....)
The winners and honourables mention have been notified.
If you are one of them....shhhhhhhh.....
We'll announce to great fanfare on October 24th.
Now...have you got your costume ready?
I've now got the results for the Storyteller's Award and the Poetry Award. Will be notifying the winners (if I can reach them!) tomorrow. The non-fiction judges are still judging away, and I expect results soon.
However, the judges for the Writing For Young people award are currently tormenting me by dangling the winners in front of me, just beyond my vision...
...kinda like what I am doing to you, dear readers, right at this moment.
Karma's a bitch, eh? =)
Winners will be publically announced on Friday, October 24th.
Until then, my pretties...we all wait.
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Direct video link: http://blip.tv/file/1350858
*Yesterday, if you are one of the lucky ones enrolled in a Master Class!
Yep, the conference begins two weeks from today, and the final dash to the finish has come upon us.Now's the time for your last-minute questions and thoughts -- lay 'em on me and I'll do my best to answer.
One of the things I've been asked a lot, lately, is when the contest results will be known. The public will hear on the evening of Friday, October 24th -- two weeks from tonight, right around the time I am typing this -- that is to say, shortly after 7 pm.
The winners themselves will know considerably sooner than that, as they need to help us put our anthology together. We were hoping to have all the winners notified by October 14th, but, as there was a bit...
But, as we at SiWC (home of four AWESOME and Influential Literary Contest Prizes) know how tough the whole judging thing can be. A few words from a past Booker judge as highlighted in the above posting from Hilary Mantel, a Booker Prize judge in 1990:
I’m glad I was a Booker judge relatively early in my career. It stopped me thinking that...
SiWC 2007 conference presenter, author and playwright Dennis Foon is a part of an upcoming production called TRUE BELIEVERS. In his own words:MY ACID TRIP is a man's look back at his first hallucinogenic experience, and how that illuminated the hidden truths about his immigrant family, their secrets, and the day his great uncle got a boiled potato stuck in his mouth. From the Solocollective website:TRUE BELIEVERS
three monologues by Dennis Foon, Lorena Gale, and Ian Weir directed by Camyar Chai, John Cooper, and Rachel...
Lotsa questions coming this way about the Masque, mostly (I guess) since it's new this year. I'm going to do up a little FAQ here, and if you can fire any questions you may still have into the comments section at the end, I'll pop back and answer them over the next few days.
1. Timing. Technically the Masque is our Night Owl event, and therefore does not begin until 9 pm. However, you certainly may come to all the evening festivities, which have been delayed an extra 15 minutes to allow a bit more preparation time, all ready for the Masque, and thereby not miss a minute of the fun.
Here's the way Saturday evening is scheduled to progress:
Workshops end at 5:00 pm. Cash Bar opens.
5:30 pm -- 7:00...
The blog posts are going to be coming fast and hard over the next couple of weeks, so grab a tight hold of your keyboard and get ready for a wild ride!
Now, when I am not typing up a storm around here, one of the places I hang with my writer buddies is the CompuServe on-line Books & Writers forum. It's a great place for a lively discussion, to ask a research question or two and to hang out with a bunch of SiWC regulars.
One of the folks on the forum who is attending the conference sent me off a few questions, and I thought this might be the best place to answer some of them...so here goes.
If you have...