We're finally emerging from the post-conference fog here at SiWC Central. Hard to believe SiWC is behind us for another year. We had a great time this year, and from all we've read, it appears you did, too.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. More than anything else, it is the PEOPLE who make SiWC special. The part of our conference of which we're consistently the most proud is the atmosphere. And you, my friends - attendees, presenters, staff, volunteers, trade show participants, book fair participants and everyone else - are what make that happen. Thank you for coming ready to learn, to share what you know, to connect and converse and share a drink in the bar or a meal in the ballroom. Thank you for being attentive and open to new ideas, for taking questions...
Ever wonder about the fellow attendees you might meet at SiWC? One of them, Shari Green, was kind enough to do this lovely guest post for us today to share a bit of her experience as a writer and SiWC attendee. Check it out!
As I write this, rain is thrumming on my roof and lashing the autumn-bright leaves of the maple in the back yard. It’s the first real rain of the season. (I mean “real rain” in the coastal sense…we’ve had mist and drizzle, but this is the first day of no-end-in-sight downpour since late June.) It’s lovely: fresh, cleansing, life-giving. As much as I adore summer sunshine, there’s nothing like serious coastal rain to sweep the dust-bunnies from my soul.
Looking at the forecast, it will likely still be raining when I leave for the Surrey...
With just one week until SiWC, 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 and approximate time. Please be smart about your safety. Don't post your address or flight number or other specifics here. We provide this comment trail for your convenience by popular request, but we don't know many...
It's a Monday kind of Tuesday here at SiWC Central, where we're recovering from Thanksgiving over-indulgence. But Thankgiving being behind us can only mean one thing. The 20th annual SiWC is nearly here!
In just ten short days (nine, for those of you taking master classes), the Sheraton Guildford will fill with hundreds of writers ready to learn, to share, to encourage and be encouraged, and to absorb the incredible energy of being in a place filled with people who understand the need to put words on paper.
If you registered before the weekend, you should have received an "SiWC - Coming Soon" email to fill you in on some of the important details. More recent registrants will receive it soon, too.
Haven't registered yet? Please note the important dates posted on...
If you read our recent success story blog, you may remember Tyner Gillies, the newly-published author who handed Christine's pages to his editor.
But before he was in a position to help anyone else succeed, he had to get there himself. Check out his recent blog entry to see how one writer went from enthusiastic but not-quite-there writer to published author with the help of SiWC, SiWC's own Jack Whyte, and a whole lot of hard work.
Holy Crow -- it's almost here!
SiWC2012 is three weeks away today -- and preparations are going strong.
This year, our bookselling partner, Chapters Indigo, is helping us kick things off in a big way. On Thursday, October 18th they are throwing us a great big fundraising* party at the Strawberry Hill Store in Surrey.
When you join us for a 1920's cocktail-style party from 6-9 pm, you'll have an opportunity to chat with your favourite best-selling writers over refreshments, and get your books signed on the spot. Part of every sale for...
Happy Monday, ladies and gents!
Less than four weeks remain until SiWC 2012 gets underway!
Have you been dithering, trying to decide if a writing conference is right for you? Looking for a reason to register, in addition to the dozens and dozens of amazing workshops, panels, and master classes, the great meals, the keynote speeches, the night owl events, the cameraderie, the inspiration, and all the other great stuff SiWC has to offer?
How about a little inspiration in the form of this lovely success story, shared with permission of its author, Christine Brant? Enjoy!
I’m writing to thank you for your amazing conference and share with you that I am a Surrey success story. It started six years ago. There were so many ideas...
Well, hello! I know it's been a little quiet around here. As you can imagine, this is a crazy busy time here at SiWC Central as we get all the details sewn up to make SiWC the best it can be.
I am delighted to announce that we've added a new presenter to our roster for this year. Elizabeth Lyon is a freelance editor and a popular presenter who's an old friend of our conference. We're delighted to have her back for the first time in a few years.
Elizabeth will be teaching workshops and taking blue pencil appointments. Here's her bio:
Elizabeth Lyon is the author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write, The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, A Writer’s Guide to Nonfiction, A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, National...
Attention all you procrastinators! I know you're out there.
SiWC 2012 is only six weeks away, from October 19-21 with master classes on the 18th. With the conference rapidly approaching, so are THREE important deadlines. This is a reminder post for those of you who read our recent newsletter and for anyone who loses track of time as easily as I do.
Our WRITNG CONTEST entry deadline is next Friday, September 14. With $1000 prizes in four categories, you don't want to miss out. http://www.siwc.ca/contest/2012
EARLY-BIRD PRICING ends next Saturday, September 15. Registration will remain open until we sell out, by why not save a few dollars and register today? Need to get early-bird...
Join us at 11am Pacific TODAY, Thursday, September 6, for our inaugural SiWC Tweetchat! Topic this time will be writing contests. Our contest closes on September 14, so the timing is perfect to get your questions answered and to learn some tips and tricks for doing well in writing contest.
This chat will include our contest queen kc dyer, your devoted conference coordinator (me!), and our social media guru Sean Cranbury, as well as anyone else who'd like to join in.
Find us on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #siwc2012.
Again, that's TODAY, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 at 11am Pacific using #siwc2012
See you there!