The City of Surrey has once again proclaimed the week of October 23-27, 2013, Surrey International Writers' Conference Week. Thanks to all at the City for celebrating with us!
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Things are moving at lightning speed here around SiWC Central -- so much is happening!
In just two short weeks we will be in the throes of the latest and best SiWC ever! In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that the short-lists for all the writing contest categories have been compiled, and the authors notified. If you didn't hear back from us this year -- I'm sorry! Please try again next year. The cost of entries goes ENTIRELY to the prizes, and you KNOW money in writers' hands is the best place for it. Next year, after many years at the same prize level, we've decided to up the ante -- you will have a chance to win a pass to #SiWC14 AND some cold, hard cash!
Details to be released soon -- on the first night of the conference this year, to be exact, along with the...
With justover two weeks until SiWC13, it's time for our annual ride share blog!
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.
It's helpful to say whether you are looking to share a cab, be a carpool driver or be a carpool passenger as well as where you'll be coming from (airport, ferry, area of town) and what day(s) and approximate time. Please be smart about your safety. Don't post your address or flight number or other specifics here publicly. We provide this comment trail for your convenience by popular request, but we don't...
Coming to the conference this year? Have we got a deal for you!
Tara Dewerson of Purple Butterfly Photography is going to be on site at the hotel all weekend for the express purpose of taking author photos. If you need a new headshot, or even if you've never had one taken before, here's your chance.
Tara is offering the very special price of $40 for three digital images, or $30 for two, just for conference attendees. [Presenters can take advantage, too!]
And a portion of the price goes to support SiWC. A great deal all around!
You'll find Tara set up at our Trade Show in the Tynehead Foyer on the second floor -- when you see her, don't forget to say 'Cheese'!
Yep -- that's me in my Superhero incarnation. [Super kc -- high kicks a specialty!]
For the next couple of weeks I'll be hitting the road in and around the Lower Mainland, visiting writers in their native habitats to talk about the conference. The visits are like lightning strikes -- I zip in, flash my neon tights and encyclopedic knowledge of all things SiWC -- and zip away, scattering flyers and bookmarks in my wake. If you'd like to see this in action or have writer-friends who would, please contact Conference Assistant Jean Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible, and we'll put you on the list.
Do it! I'd love to come chat with your class or book club or writer group...and the clock is ticking. Can you believe the conference is just three weeks away? Hope to see...
A couple of upcoming author visits at the Surrey Public Library, Guildford branch.
Come out and meet these tale-weavers! For more information, check the website.
First up, a special author event:
Authors Among Us at Guildford Library. [This is a new, free, events series focusing on local authors.]
Session 1: “Criminally Creative: different ways to write thrills and chills.”
Wed. October 2, 2013. 7 - 8:30 pm
Join our panellists to learn how each writer interprets mystery. Discover why each author uses elements of mystery, how they...
Just getting ready to wrap up the copy on our wonderful new brochure this year. There is space for just a few more ads, so if you'd like to have your information delivered into every attendee and presenter package at the conference next month, get in touch!
You can email me at email@example.com and we'll find a special spot just for you!
This is a busy time here at SiWC Central. We're finalizing our program and getting all the details sorted out so we can bring you the best possible conference next month.
For those of you who peek in reguarly, a few important new items to note:
We're delighted to introduce another new presenter to our roster. Check out our presenter page for details on Pam Binder. Welcome, Pam!
Have you checked out our master classes? We've added Seth Jaret's excellent intensive on the new Hollywood, and there's still space in all but Jack Whyte's fully-booked class. If you'd like to add a master class to your existing registration, give us a call!
Also new for this year is our SiWC Success Story panel. We figured it was about time all of you met some of the...
Every year, SiWC offers awards to deserving writers. Do you know someone who merits one of these? Nominate them today!
The Special Achievement Award honours writers who have made a significant achievement in their writing careers during the past year.
Find the Nomination Criteria here!
The Griffin Award recognizes those who have made a contribution to Canadian society through the craft of writing.
Find the Nomination Criteria here!Nomination deadline for both awards is: Friday, September 27, 2013.
Help us choose a deserving candidate!...
From our volunteer coordinator Christine Dalzell:
Good news! We still have spaces available on our volunteer roster for this year’s conference. Whether you like to welcome attendees and presenters with a smile as they arrive at the hotel, get giddy with excitement along with people making their first pitch to an agent, or prefer to stay quietly behind the scenes setting up workshops and banquets, we have a job for you!
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator soon to reserve your place on this year’s SiWC volunteer team!...