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kcdyer, Wednesday November 5, 2008 - 9:43pm

And now, an excerpt or two from our SiWC 2008 Contest winners in the Writing For Young People category. But first, here's a word about our judges:


Shelley Hrdlitschka

Shelley is the best-selling author of 8 books for teens. She has released two new books this year, Gotcha! and Sister Wife. Shelley lives and writes in Deep Cove. She is this year’s recipient of the SiWC Surrey Board of Trade Special Achievement Award.


 James McCann

Growing up on the icy plains of Manitoba, James McCann spent most of his time as a teen reading comics and playing Dungeons and Dragons. Both of these hobbies taught him his storytelling tools that he now uses as an author and creative writing instructor. He is the author of...

kcdyer, Monday November 3, 2008 - 9:00pm

Today -- a short excerpt from each of the Non-Fiction contest finalists -- the winner, and the two honourable mentions.

But first -- a word about the judges...

Elizabeth Lyon has worked as an independent book editor and writing teacher for two decades. She enjoys the challenge and discovery that are a part of editing works, each one an original creation. Elizabeth is the author of A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, A Writer’s Guide to Nonfiction, The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write, and National Directory of Editors & Writers. Elizabeth considers her sixth book, Manuscript Makeover, on revising fiction, as a culmination of her experience helping novelists. The Writer,...

kcdyer, Sunday November 2, 2008 - 7:07pm





With thanks to Jim Wilson of Oregon for the are the names of the winners of the SiWC 2008 Writing Contest. The winner of each category is followed by the two honourable mentions:

Storyteller's Award Mall Girl by Elissa Vann Struth      Beseech by Ray Jones      Glass Curtains by Susan PietersPoetry Award Testimony Suite by Angela Long      Walking With Water by Dan Neil      The Secret by Virginia McCausland Nonfiction Award Forgotten Lives by Roxanne Gregory      Comme Il Faut by Anne Herman      Droplets of Hope by Angela Long Writing for Young People Award Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe      Secret Friends Club by Dana Remillard      October...

kcdyer, Sunday November 2, 2008 - 5:55pm

Just a quick note to say that I _think_ i have met all the requests for handouts from the various presentations. If you sent in a request and I did not reply, please re-send to




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kcdyer, Saturday November 1, 2008 - 1:53pm

From Lisa Rector:

The winner of the 2008 Lisa Rector Young Writers’ Scholarship is Sophia Ma. She won for her piece “Pushing Back the Tide”, a powerful, moody poetic piece with an unusual POV and sophisticated use of language that beat out more than 100 other submissions from students worldwide. Sophia is a grade 10 student at Handsworth Secondary in North Vancouver. (Two of the top 5 finalists actually came from that school). 

HUGE congratulations to Sophia.

 Here's her winning entry....


Pushing Back the Tide        Death comes for her on an August night. He is disguised as two voices and one note. She doesn’t stand a chance.        Voice One is male, tenor, callous in a teenage way. She knows this voice better than her...

kcdyer, Saturday November 1, 2008 - 10:47am

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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kcdyer, Friday October 31, 2008 - 8:03pm





...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...

kcdyer, Friday October 31, 2008 - 7:12pm

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

Dear Diary,

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...

kcdyer, Thursday October 30, 2008 - 9:21pm

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...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 29, 2008 - 2:31pm

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:

Congratulations, Gavin!

“Finding Macgregor”


”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...