We Need YOU!
The one thing that sets the Surrey International Writers' Conference apart from all the pale imitations out there is the remarkable pool of volunteers we have. Our volunteers drive this conference -- they are our life-blood. They are a part of every detail of this conference and we could not do it without them.
Being a volunteer is a great way to get a taste of the conference, if you've never been -- a chance to rub elbows with your favourite writers and with editors, agents and publishers from across the industry.
Our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator, Camille Netherton, is right now putting together her final lists. If you are interested in lending a hand this year -- helping to drive...
Our contest closed at 4 pm -- did you get your entry in? Emails and hard copies poured over our transoms today -- if yours was one of them...best of luck!
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Well, we don't have a podcast interview with him yet, but here's a link to a great blog interview of one of our long-time favourites -- agent Jeffery McGraw of the August Literary Agency. Jeffery and his colleague Cricket Freeman will be at our conference this year. Here's a taste of what he'll be looking for. Enjoy!
And a tip of the hat to Guide to Literary Agents blog.
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For those of you with a poetic bent, here is news of a series of workshops to be held in Vancouver, BC. One of the workshops is to be led by our own Bernice Lever (pictured here, performing at Summer Dream Literary Festival).
Here's the press release:
New! Coming in the fall of 2008, The World Poetry Workshop Series: Dear World Poetry Members and poetry supporters: With your help and support, World Poetry is about to achieve a long-standing dream: a Poetry Workshop Series, to be held at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, Suite...
I've had a few questions regarding submission fees for our contest entries, so I thought I'd address them here.
If you are sending your entry to us from Canada or the US, just include a cheque for $15 for each entry and all will be well. We are not really worried about the exchange rate -- for a few years we made a couple of pennies, and now the pendulum has swung the other way.
If you are sending us your entry from further afield, (and many do!) an International Money Order is best. Again, we can accept it in either Canadian or US funds.
And in case you are interested...
ALL (as in 100%) of the entry fees go towards supporting the contest and the conference. All the folks involved in the contest (coordinator, contest assistants, judges)...
Our phone number has changed!
We prefer to handle most of your questions and requests by email -- that way we have a record to follow to make sure the questions all get answered and the problems all get solved. But once in a while, you might need to call us. If you need to reach the SiWC crew by telephone, please take note...the new number is
Catchy, easy-to-remember. It's on our website and on our brochure, but some old info sites on the 'net may have the old number, so take note...and we'll talk to you soon!
3 days left to our contest deadline! You can find our contest page here: ....
If you had a chance to read the interview WebWizard Dale posted yesterday, you may have noticed editor Lisa Rector mentioned a very exciting piece of news, but just in case you missed it, here it is, straight from Lisa:
In recognition of the talent of young writers world-wide, I am pleased to announce the Lisa Rector Young Writer’s Scholarship. The inaugural event will be held at this year’s Surrey International Writers Conference Oct. 24-26, 2008. A full 3-day scholarship to attend the conference, including workshops, meals and banquets will be awarded to a student demonstrating outstanding achievement or promise in the areas of poetry, fiction, non-fiction or screenwriting. Students must be between the ages of 12-18 at the...
A while ago kc asked who you wanted interviewed on The Soapbox. One of the requests was Lisa Rector-Maass. I'm not sure where our interview with Lisa sits in the grand queue, but while you're waiting for us you can read the two part interview with Lisa the folks at Writer Unboxed have posted:Interview with an Editor: Lisa Rector, Part 1 Interview with an Editor: Lisa Rector, Part 2
Okay, so I'm not actually Dorothy, no matter how much I'd like to be. But this Friday marks the last week before our contest deadline. No time to mourn a summer wasted, marinated in sangria and baked in the sun....(uh...actually, that sounds like a summer Dorothy would have celebrated!). But regardless of how the last month or two slipped by -- now's the time to get yourself ready, put your shaky hand to a pen or a computer keyboard and get your contest entry finished!
A few things to keep in mind:
1) $1000 in prize money first place in EACH category. NOT to mention the prestige associated with being an SiWC contest winner.
2) You can enter by email! That's...
I happen to be making a brief sojourne to New York City at the moment. I'm staying in the heart (sorry) of the city, about a block away from the Empire State building, pictured to the left, above.
Apart from the 'having a good time, wish you were here' postcard greetings, I had lunch yesterday with the inimitable Janet Reid, who will be presenting at the conference this year. We had a great time chatting about the conference, and she told me she is very excited about having the chance to work with writers in her Master Class this year.
Janet will be talking about query letters in Query Roulette -- how to take your letters and...