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kcdyer, Tuesday June 9, 2009 - 10:19pm

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...

kcdyer, Monday June 8, 2009 - 3:57pm


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] or in the comments box below, and we'll try to sort them out right away.



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kcdyer, Sunday June 7, 2009 - 10:30pm

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...
kcdyer, Saturday June 6, 2009 - 8:42pm
Tags: registration

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...

kcdyer, Tuesday June 2, 2009 - 9:05am

Hello from London!

 I've been on a little research/relaxation trip to the UK* and am heading home tomorrow, but I wanted to put a post up to let you know that all systems are go for the conference this year -- and the website update is underway. You'll be seeing the changes any day, and that includes the announcement of our registration date. While I can't tell you the exact date as yet, I can tell you it will be soon -- this month for sure, and if we can get all our systems in place, VERY soon. 

 It's one year ago today that we started this blog, and I think these two big pieces of news are reason to celebrate... how about a contest?

We have an incredible line-up for you this year, which will soon be available for all to see here on the website. But for...

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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