SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Sunday November 16, 2014 - 11:07am

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 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...

KathyChung, Wednesday November 5, 2014 - 3:04pm
Tags: siwc14

Hello, all,

I posted over at my own site today, and ended up writing about all you lovely #siwc14 people. The post is at if you'd like to read it.

More here soon!


kcdyer, Tuesday October 28, 2014 - 2:23pm
Tags: #siwc14

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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 --





kcdyer, Friday October 24, 2014 - 7:48am

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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.

KathyChung, Monday October 20, 2014 - 9:08am
Tags: siwc14

It's here!

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

See you in a few days!




KathyChung, Sunday October 5, 2014 - 9:05am

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!



kcdyer, Saturday October 4, 2014 - 3:46pm
Tags: brochure, #siwc14

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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 and we'll make it happen!




kc dyerwww.siwc.casweetly tweeting @kcdyer


*as noted by many an attendee and presenter!

KathyChung, Wednesday October 1, 2014 - 4:37pm

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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...

KathyChung, Monday September 29, 2014 - 10:52am

With #siwc14 coming up in less than a month, we though some of you might be wondering what to expect, especially if it's your first time or you're on the fence about committing to coming. We could tell you, but we couldn't say it any better than our attendees do. This guest post comes to you from Ev Bishop, a writer who makes the trek to SiWC as often as she can. Enjoy!

Because I just realized that it’s exactly a month until I leave for the 2014 Surrey International Writers’ Conference, I give you a happy pre-conference blurt that I wrote way back on June 10th, 2009 just after I paid my registration fee and booked my hotel and flights for SiWC 2009.

I didn’t attend last year’...

KathyChung, Friday September 26, 2014 - 10:11am

Hello, all! And happy Friday to you.

We've had some great guesses come in for this year's theme contest, some of which we should definitely consider for future years. A couple of you came close, and we're pretty impressed, on the strength of one hint, just how close you got. But sadly, we are without a winner.

Winner or no, however, the time has come to reveal this year's theme. 

Before I do, though (she said, stretching out the moment), for those of you who are new to SiWC, let me explain. Friday evening at the conference is theme night, and we encourage you to wear theme-related costumes, if you're interested in doing so, to our Friday night banquet. Not a costume person? No problem. Dress at dinner will range from the day's conference wear to a little dressier...