Last night was a lovely evening get-together for all the members of the SiWC Board of Directors (minus Estelle, who was unable to make it) and plus Ingrid, our intrepid conference assistant and myself. A good time was had by all, and we continued our discussion (essentially begun on the last day of the conference, 2008) about plans for Conference, 2009.
(News and a Contest after the fold...)
First, I guess I should say (and call me crazy, because I know you do-- and what's worse, you're right!) I accepted the Board's offer to return as Conference Coordinator for 2009.
<author pauses here for quick sanity-check and to go through vivid-tights drawer for future supplies...>
And second...we've decided to celebrate by having our first...
You may remember Nancy Warren, romance writer extraordinaire and presenter at our 2007 conference. Well, here's the latest on what she's been up to...and for those interested in a little professional development in the romance-writing department, this sounds like a GREAT way to spend the day!
Learn to Write Romance and Support Breast Cancer Research Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29, 2008. Award winning author Nancy Warren is giving a workshop on how to write romance. The course will run from 9:30 to 1:30 at the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch, 350 West Georgia in the Peter Kaye room. Suitable for all levels, from beginner to multi published, the workshop will cover the essentials of a love story, character...
I attended the latest Orca launch at Vancouver Kidsbooks last night, and watched as two-time SiWC presenter Meg Tilly and SiWC Writing Contest Judge and Board of Trade Award Winner Shelley Hrdlitschka launched their new titles.
Meg's book is an Orca Soundings title (a fast read, especially focused towards reluctant readers) is FIRST TIME. Below, she signs a copy for a fan.
Shelley is seen here, reading from her new novel SISTER WIFE.
It was a great event, standing room only, with lovely treats to be had and a ton of books to be bought. (Okay -- that last bit was the best part for me!)
If you know of any upcoming book launches ('tis the season, after all...) you'd like to see highlighted in this blog,...
Here is a very sweet allegory, written for us by long-time conference friend (AND multiple year contest-winner!) Susan Pieters.
Surreyland An Allegory
I’m standing in a crowd of eight hundred people waiting to get in to the Writer’s Adventure Park, but as I look nearby at the rather ordinary people, I’m wondering if we’re all suckers. I’ve got my manuscript in my hand, like many others here. I’ve spent a lot of time on it, and now I’m spending my hard-earned cash. How much more can I give for this wanna-be dream? I wonder if I should turn back, but then the gates open. I’m in.
A beaming lady with long blond hair uses her whole arm to wave at me. Does she know me? Her striped stockings look familiar. I wave...
This year's Surrey Board of Trade Award was given to author Shelley Hrdlitschka. Shelley has had an amazing year with not one but two books published (GOTCHA and SISTER WIFE). Shelley is a writer, a teacher, a mentor and a role model -- not to mention a judge with our Writing For Young People award, from the very beginning.
If you'd like to find out more, check out her website: Shelley's Website
For all you do, Shelley, we salute you -- Congratulations!
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We'd like to congratulate the amazing duo of Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni on behalf of Pandora's Collective, this year's winners of the Griffin Award. SiWC founder Ed Griffin himself presented the award to Bonnie and Sita...and here's what he said (in part):
Promoting the Arts That Inspire the World to Take Notice of Itself
Pandora’s Collective promotes the arts through the usual kind of things, poetry readings, scholarships, arts festivals and poetry contests. But this group goes one step beyond the usual. They encourage the arts with adults going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation, with children and teens at Inner City Schools and with youth in crisis.
Pandora was a Greek goddess who visited...
Attention Kid Lit writers!
For those of you who live in and around the Lower Mainland AND who are looking for a supportive group to join, don't forget to check out the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. The parent group for this organization is Amercian, but it's a great place to go to establish some connections and gather information about writing and illustrating for kids.
I spoke at a SCBWI gathering yesterday in Burnaby, and had a great time meeting this very interested and supportive group of people. You do NOT have to be published to be a member, butwhen I look over the membership list I see names from the gamut of the writing spectrum -- from unpublished to widely published.
Want to find out more? Follow...
At last...the winners of the largest category -- the Storyteller's Award.
This award is sponsored by its judges -- let's meet them, shall we?
Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, NYT-bestselling Outlander novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.” The adventure began in 1991 with the classic Outlander (“historical fiction with a Moebius twist”), continued through four more New York Times-bestselling novels—Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Fiery Cross— and a nonfiction (well, relatively) companion volume, The Outlandish Companion, which provides copious details on the settings,...
Continuing our on-going celebration of our contest winners, today we present the three finalists in the Poetry competition. Let's meet the judges:
Bernice Lever gets high on words. A poet with 8 poetry books, including, Never A Straight Line, 2007, she has also written a college textbook and other non-fiction works. Living on Bowen and retired from college English teaching, she gives editing and marketing advice, and writing workshops. She enjoys performing her poems and prose pieces as she has read on 5 continents. Best known as editor of Waves, a literary magazine from 1972-1987, Bernice has won awards for her poems, such as the Wm. Henry Drummond poetry prize, 2008. She continues to write on this peaceful...
And now, an excerpt or two from our SiWC 2008 Contest winners in the Writing For Young People category. But first, here's a word about our judges:
Shelley is the best-selling author of 8 books for teens. She has released two new books this year, Gotcha! and Sister Wife. Shelley lives and writes in Deep Cove. She is this year’s recipient of the SiWC Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award.
Growing up on the icy plains of Manitoba, James McCann spent most of his time as a teen reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Both of these hobbies taught him his storytelling tools that he now uses as an author and creative writing instructor. He is the author of...