SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Tuesday October 28, 2008 - 10:38pm



One of the coolest things to come out of the conference is the collegiality that emerges among once perfect strangers. Writers have a sacred and unusual bond, livng as we all do in the weird and wonderful worlds found inside our own gray-matter.

SiWC offers a chance to connect some of these worlds, and that's what I'd like to do with this post. If you attended the conference (or even if you just wanted to attend, but couldn't manage to make it this year) and you want to connect with fellow and sister writers, this is the place to be. Here's a chance to connect with other writers in your area.

Now, I'm just going to note the names and info of those who spoke directly to me, but if you want to start a writing group in YOUR area and I didn't mention...

kcdyer, Monday October 27, 2008 - 12:59am

(photo credit: Ursula Maxwell-Lewis)

This beautiful courtesan graced the first annual SiWC Masque -- just a part of the amazing festivities of the conference this year.

The conference is history now, and I'd like to send my thanks out to all those who made it such a success -- our wonderful board members (one of whom is this luscious courtesan -- can you guess which?), our generous sponsors, our incredible volunteers, the talented and tenacious presenters...

and all the stalwart delegates who brought such energy and enthusiasm to every day of the conference.

Thank you all!

Over the next few days I'll be re-capping all the amazing events and talking about how we plan to step into the future with this website and blog. Watch this...

kcdyer, Tuesday October 21, 2008 - 8:43am



...are inevitable in an event this size. When you get to the conference, make sure you check your appointment slips -- they may not be the same times as those listed on your receipt. In your registration package, you'll have a 'changes to the program' sheet -- it will have the latest and greatest. And at the front desk, we'll have big posters of the 'Location Finder' to help you get around -- they will have the most accurate workshop information.

If in doubt? Ask one of our marvellous volunteers, or track down a Board member (wearing ....what else? Chili-pepper red vests this year).



also blogging as leftwriter 

kcdyer, Tuesday October 21, 2008 - 8:05am




Parking at the conference? The Sheraton Hotel has a parking lot below run by Impark -- I believe the cost is $6 or $7 dollars a day. If you are just coming for the day, there is a big mall across the street ..The Guildford Town Centre .. but don't be tempted, as apparantly they are scrupulous in ensuring their parking is saved for shopping customers. There is some free parking on the streets around the hotel, but it's scarce.

My advice is to share a ride when you can. I had an email yesterday from a conference attendee who is looking to share a ride from New Westminster. A while ago I posted a Ride Share blog -- HERE. Join in the conversation -- if you can share a ride with someone to the...

kcdyer, Sunday October 19, 2008 - 11:51pm


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!


also blogging as leftwriter


kcdyer, Wednesday October 15, 2008 - 12:49pm


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!


kcdyer, Tuesday October 14, 2008 - 10:10pm
Tags: costumes, contest


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?



also blogging (on the subject of poverty this Blog Action Day) as leftwriter

kcdyer, Monday October 13, 2008 - 11:44pm



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.


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:

Direct video link:

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...