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siwcadmin, Sunday October 12, 2008 - 9:46pm

A special video podcast with best selling author Michael Slade.

Michael Slade talks with kc dyer about how his first novel was published. Not Headerhunter, but a special edition of one, titled 13 Tombs - Volume 1, written when he was in grade 7. An expert storyteller, Slade describes how his summer school classmates and well known Vancouverite Bill Duthie created an experience and talisman that helped him through writing Headhunter.

Michael Slade's Website: www.specialx.net

Direct video link: http://blip.tv/file/1350858

kcdyer, Friday October 10, 2008 - 7:24pm

 

*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 of...

kcdyer, Thursday October 9, 2008 - 11:45am

Quillblog (the blog face of Canada' Literary magazine Quill & Quire) has a great piece on judging the big literary prizes today -- you can find the clip here -- Quillblog on Booker Judging

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 literary...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 8, 2008 - 5:08pm
Tags: dennis foon

 

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...

kcdyer, Tuesday October 7, 2008 - 10:59pm

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.

Okay...here goes:

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...

kcdyer, Monday October 6, 2008 - 3:42pm

 

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 more...

kcdyer, Monday October 6, 2008 - 2:24pm
Tags: Don Maass

 

 

Long-time presenter, agent and friend to the conference, Donald Maass has just given a literary gift to the public, making his book THE CAREER NOVELIST available online by pdf download.

Check it out here: The Career Novelist Free On-line

 I have the paperback version sitting on the bookshelf above my head, at the moment. Now you can get your copy on-line for free!

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter

 

 

kcdyer, Sunday October 5, 2008 - 4:17pm

This from the "what are you waiting for?" file -- (actually from our comment page): 

Just wanted to let you know, you've done an excellent job with this SIWC website. It's been very informative and helpful and I'm looking forward to attending again. In case you have visitors to your website vacillating on the decision whether it is worthwhile to invest the time and money in attending this conference, I just want you (and them) to know it's done wonders for me. I had no intention of meeting with an agent last year, but as fate would have it, I hooked up with Jenoyne Adams. I signed a formal contract this past March with Bliss Literary Agency International and Jenoyne is currently hard at work preparing my first three fantasy novels for representation....

kcdyer, Saturday October 4, 2008 - 6:06pm

 

 

Back from my book tour of the Kootenay Region of BC (you can read all about it on my blog here: kc's blog) and next on the agenda is the gathering of information and insight from the contest committees.

Contest shortlists should be out this week. As soon as the shortlisted authors are notified, details will be posted here. Please note we will not publish the names of the shortlisted authors, as the judging is always done blind, but the authors themselves will be notified of their success.

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter

 

 

 

kcdyer, Thursday October 2, 2008 - 5:29pm

 

At SiWC last year, author (and long-time librarian) Lois Peterson spearheaded an effort to raise funds for 'Library Grove'. The 25-tree grove in Holland Park is an initiative of the Surrey Public Library to celebrate 25 years as an organisation. As of today, the grove is a reality.

From Lois:

Many 2007 SiWC participants contributed to the cost of a tree in the 25-tree Library Grove that Surrey Public Library planted on October 2, 2008 in Holland Park, Surrey. This project is designed to recognize '...the value trees bring to the environment, our community, and library collections,' and is one of a number of projects celebrating the library's 25th anniversary in 2008. LIbrary...

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