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kcdyer, Sunday November 23, 2008 - 12:15am

A tip of the hat to Lynn Perednia at the Compuserve Writers' Forum for pointing me to this article in The Guardian regarding the Literary Review's nominees for Bad Sex in Fiction Awards, 2008 ...

 Quite a list of contenders this year -- Russell Banks, Alastair Campbell and even [ahem] a repeat performance by John Updike.



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kcdyer, Saturday November 22, 2008 - 11:06am

Our inaugural give-away event is now history. The competition closed at midnight last night, and today we have the winners.

Thanks to all who participated -- I have added your suggestions for presenters onto our Board wish-list. We always welcome ideas for new speakers at our conference, so please feel free to continue sending them in.

And now, without further ado...photographic evidence of the winning names, freshly plucked from a bowl on my desk...

(Since this was a midnight draw, it's naturally a night-vision view of the winners.)

Congratulations to Susan J (runner-up prize winner of 3 Mira titles) and Laura T (Grand Prize winner of 4 Mira titles)! Drop me an email with your snail mail addresses to ...

kcdyer, Friday November 21, 2008 - 2:58pm
Tags: Michael Katz

Michael Katz, publisher of Tradewind Books (and one of our presenters in 2008), is launching CROCODILES PLAY by Robert Heidbreder and illustrated by Rae Mate on Saturday at Once Upon a Huckleberry Bush, the new children's bookstore in downtown Vancouver. Event begins Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 2 pm. Refreshments will be served.

I can't get the image to come up, so here's a link to the Tradewinds site:...

kcdyer, Thursday November 20, 2008 - 9:01pm

Spread the word! We're still interested in hearing your ideas for SiWC 2009 presenters. If you post your comment on yesterday's blog, you'll be eligible to win one of two Mira Book collections. Let's hear your thoughts!


In other news, we are just working on the software for uploading photos from this year's (and past year's) conferences. Keep an eye on the'll read it here first!



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kcdyer, Wednesday November 19, 2008 - 1:11pm
Tags: contest, facebook

If you are a Facebook Fan, I've just linked the blog up to appear there. If you'd like to check us out, just go to the Surrey International Writers' Conference blog page...and you'll find  us!



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Pee Ess...

 Have you entered our contest yet? The clock is ticking...contest closes Friday night!

kcdyer, Wednesday November 19, 2008 - 1:45pm

Last night was a lovely evening get-together for all the members of the SiWC Board of Directors (minus Estelle, who was unable to make it) and plus Ingrid, our intrepid conference assistant and myself. A good time was had by all, and we continued our discussion (essentially begun on the last day of the conference, 2008) about plans for Conference, 2009.

(News and a Contest after the fold...)

First, I guess I should say (and call me crazy, because I know you do-- and what's worse, you're right!)  I accepted the Board's offer to return as Conference Coordinator for 2009.

<author pauses here for quick sanity-check and to go through vivid-tights drawer for future supplies...>

And second...we've decided to celebrate by having our first...

kcdyer, Sunday November 16, 2008 - 9:24pm



You may remember Nancy Warren, romance writer extraordinaire and presenter at our 2007 conference. Well, here's the latest on what she's been up to...and for those interested in a little professional development in the romance-writing department, this sounds like a GREAT way to spend the day!


Learn to Write Romance and Support Breast Cancer Research Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 29, 2008. Award winning author Nancy Warren is giving a workshop on how to write romance. The course will run from 9:30 to 1:30 at the Vancouver Public Library, Main Branch, 350 West Georgia in the Peter Kaye room. Suitable for all levels, from beginner to multi published, the workshop will cover the essentials of a love story, character...

kcdyer, Friday November 14, 2008 - 6:27pm

I attended the latest Orca launch at Vancouver Kidsbooks last night, and watched as two-time SiWC presenter Meg Tilly and SiWC Writing Contest Judge and Board of Trade Award Winner Shelley Hrdlitschka launched their new titles.

Meg's book is an Orca Soundings title (a fast read, especially focused towards reluctant readers) is FIRST TIME. Below, she signs a copy for a fan.


Shelley is seen here, reading from her new novel SISTER WIFE.



 It was a great event, standing room only, with lovely treats to be had and a ton of books to be bought. (Okay -- that last bit was the best part for me!)

If you know of any upcoming book launches ('tis the season, after all...) you'd like to see highlighted in this blog,...

kcdyer, Wednesday November 12, 2008 - 6:52pm

Here is a very sweet allegory, written for us by long-time conference friend (AND multiple year contest-winner!) Susan Pieters.



Surreyland An Allegory

I’m standing in a crowd of eight hundred people waiting to get in to the Writer’s Adventure Park, but as I look nearby at the rather ordinary people, I’m wondering if we’re all suckers.  I’ve got my manuscript in my hand, like many others here.  I’ve spent a lot of time on it, and now I’m spending my hard-earned cash.  How much more can I give for this wanna-be dream?  I wonder if I should turn back, but then the gates open.  I’m in.

     A beaming lady with long blond hair uses her whole arm to wave at me.  Does she know me?  Her striped stockings look familiar.  I wave...

kcdyer, Monday November 10, 2008 - 10:06pm


This year's Surrey Board of Trade Award was given to author Shelley Hrdlitschka. Shelley has had an amazing year with not one but two books  published (GOTCHA and SISTER WIFE). Shelley is a writer, a teacher, a mentor and a role model -- not to mention a judge with our Writing For Young People award, from the very beginning.

If you'd like to find out more, check out her website: Shelley's Website

For all you do, Shelley, we salute you -- Congratulations!



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