Got a few words of praise from Dystel & Goderich agent Jim McCarthy to pass on -- not for the conference itself, but for the attendees. Jim writes:
...and mention what a delight the conference was. I was really impressed by how smooth and efficient everything was, not to mention that the quality of the pitches I heard was among the highest I’ve encountered at any conference I’ve been to.
Thanks, Jim! Sounds like the Pitch Practice sessions with Bev Boissery were a hit!
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...about the conference this year. Here's a selection (likely far from complete) of blog posts about SiWC 2008:
Attendee Pamela Patchet
Trade Show Participant Joei Carlton
Attendee Chandra Rooney
Attendee Nina Munteanu (with bonus pix of presenter...
Lisa tells me that the entries from Shane Campbell, a grade 12 student from Lord Byng Secondary in Vancouver, and Ariana Vaisey, a grade 9 student from Coquitlam were so close as to be almost a tie. Therefore, today we'll share both these wonderful entries with you, beginning with Shane's story, the second place winner.
The Diary of Eric Daniels
July 25th, 1994
My name is Eric Daniels. I’ve never been much of a writer but in hopes of being famous one day I’ve started to record my daily life in you, my diary. So here’s the update: my brother is a tool. A week ago he managed to convince both my parents and my school counselor that I am “mentally unstable” and imagine a demon named Merv. That’s right, Merv. Now any...
Alison is a grade 10 student at Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver, BC, and she was the second Honourable Mention recipient of Lisa Rector's Young Writers' Scholarship for 2008.
Her fantasy prologue is titled AUBURN QUEEN.
In the elves kingdom of Vaene it was that surreal time where the sun was just settling into sleep. The darkening sky cast deep shadows along alleyways and doorsteps while the deserted streets held a mystery about them that could not be ignored. As the moon began its dance into the sky the whole world held its breath.
Just as quickly as the moment of magic had come it faded away, replaced by a man cloaked in darkness. He carried a small bundle. He also held a dim lantern and as...
The following remarkable story won Gavin Luymes, a grade eight student from Abbottsford, and honourable mention in the Lisa Rector Scholarship competition.If you'd like more information on the scholarship, please contact Lisa Rector by email at:
”I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. What do you want to hear first?” I reported. Captain Price shook the sand from his gun barrel. “What’s the bad news?” “They’ve got Private Macgregor.” “And the good news?” “They haven’t killed him yet.” Price finished cleaning sand from his rifle and started on his pistol. The rest of the boys in the 7th Armored Division looked up eagerly...
I find myself still snowed under by emails after this amazing conference, and I want you to know that if you haven't had a response from me as yet, it's still coming! I have a ton of handouts to send out, plus questions to answer and conference details to settle, so please have patience with me and know that I will be back to you as soon as I can.
If you want a handout from a particular presenter sent to you by email, your best bet is to email your request to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will send it off to you by return email.
Also, if you have a digital photograph or two you'd like to share with us, please send it to me at the same address: email@example.com with a photo credit we can use if we post it to the blog.
We'll talk soon...
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...
(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...
...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).
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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...