Things are warming up all over, and no more so than here at SiWC Central, where we are shedding our winter layers and welcoming some writing-in-the-sun time.
Our writing contest opens up this year on April 1st. Have you got an entry ready for us yet? If not, there's still time -- contest deadline this year is midnight, September 18th.
You'll notice a change in our guidelines this year -- we are only accepting entries in the Storyteller category, which encompasses any piece of short fiction, 2500-5000 words. If you've written a short story lately, why not give the contest a whirl? Entry fees have not been raised in over a decade, and the return is...
Looking for information about the 2015 Surrey International Writers' Conference? You've come to the right place.
Here's a timeline of what to expect:
Jan-March - 2014 conference information will still be up to give you a general idea of what to expect from this year's conference.
March-April - we'll start posting details of #siwc15, starting with our presenter roster and writing contest details. Workshop information will follow in April/May. We'll also announce our registration date around this time. If you haven't already booked your hotel room at the Sheraton, we recommend doing it now. The hotel fills EVERY YEAR, and rooms at our negotiated group rate go first. Check our hotel page for details.
April 1 - our writing contest will open to submissions...
Attention all #SiWC14 attendees!
We saw you with your smart phones and cameras at the conference, taking tonnes of pictures and snips of video all weekend long. We'd love to see what you captured.
Please send us any photos, video clips (shorter than 3 minutes), Vines, or whatever other sorts of images you may have taken at SiWC this October that you'd like to share. Our email address for images is email@example.com If you get them to us before November 30, we'll enter you in our photo and video contest. We'll pick a winner before Christmas.
If you're sending photos of people, it'd be great if you could tell us their names. Thanks!
Sending us your images indicates your permission for us to use them freely for...
I posted over at my own site today, and ended up writing about all you lovely #siwc14 people. The post is at http://www.kathykenzie.com/2014/11/day-job-gratitude/ if you'd like to read it.
More here soon!
Well, ladies and gentlemen and writers of all stripes, was that not the Best Year EVER?
2014 is history, and it was really one for the books. We'll be back soon with more info, but for now, to our presenters, attendees and volunteers --
THANK YOU ALL!!
Well, it's finally here! SiWC14 began with a collection of wonderful Master Classes yesterday, and the conference itself begins this morning. A note to all contest entrants that the short-listed writers have all been notified and the winners will be announced this evening after the banquet. Thank you so much to all who entered -- see you next year!
On-site registration is still being accepted, so if you make a last-minute decision to attend, please come and join the fun! We've got more than 70 workshops, panels and events planned, pitch sessions and the blue pencil cafe are still booking and of course, Michael Slade's Shock Theatre late tonight is not to be missed....
A whole year of planning, scheming, dreaming, and waiting culminates in this week's Surrey International Writers' Conference, and we are so very excited to share it with you.
If you missed registering before our cut-off, you'll be pleased to know we will be offering on-site registration. Our registration desk opens in the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 23, at 9am, mostly for people checking in for master classes, but you can register then, too, and will be open throughout the conference day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can check out the registration details on our registration page www.siwc.ca/registration.
See you in a few days!
Those of you who work best to a deadline, take note!
Pre-conference registration for SiWC 2014 will close on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 10:00 pm.
Unless we sell out by October 19, registration will open again on site at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 23, and will be open daily through the conference weekend. For all registration packages except young writers and existing registrants wanting to add master classes, which will remain unchanged, please add 10% to posted pre-conference rates for on-site pricing.
See you soon!
Hey -- if you have a product or a service that you'd like to pitch to folks in the publishing industry, this is your last chance to get into the 2014 SiWC Brochure. Distributed to every attendee, presenter, volunteer and advertiser, you'll reach a BIG audience for a very modest price. AND you'll help support the best* writers' conference in the world!
Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make it happen!
~kckc dyerwww.siwc.casweetly tweeting @kcdyer
*as noted by many an attendee and presenter!
Like our annual room share blog, this one's all about the comments. Looking for someone to share a ride from the airport or the ferry terminal? Post in the comments. Want to carpool from other parts of YVR? Post that, too. Happy to drive, but looking for someone to ride with you and share gas and...