James speaks on the techniques he uses to create his stories drawing from his past and real world items to create new characters and landscapes. Most fascinating for me is how he "riffs" off occurrences in his daily life. Instead of getting pissed off that his cover artist used a $30,000 guitar his main character couldn't think of owning he was inspired to find a way of including it in the story.
If you have trouble viewing the video here, it's also...
The SiWC Soap Box Podcast takes to the air again today, with YA author and SiWC presenter James McCann standing on the Soap Box. James talks about his inspiration as a writer, and about what people might expect who plan to attend his Master Class (with Lee Edward Fodi) or one of his other workshops at SiWC 2008. Hope you enjoy the interview...you can find it here on our Podcast Page.
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...and long-term favourite of this conference Diana Gabaldon just gave our Writing Contest a mention on her blog The Voyage of the Artemis. Diana and Jack Whyte got together several years ago to sponsor the fiction element of our writing contest, now called The Storyteller's Award. Not only do they sponsor this element of the contest, but they also judge the entries. We continue to be thrilled and honoured by their generosity to other writers -- a huge part of the spirit that keeps our conference alive from year to year.
Thank you to both Diana and Jack for their contributions -- and to our other roster of wonderful judges (Lois Peterson...
Here's another -- this one for personal essay....
Call for Submissions First Person Narrative National Essay Contest Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives This Year’s Topic ~ Once I Was A Child Essay Length ~ 2000-2500 words. 1st prize $500.00 2nd prize $300.00 3rd prize $200.00 With a special prize of $100.00 for Best Under Nineteen Prizewinning essays to be selected by award winning author and Giller Prize nominee Wayson Choy and by Sarah Sheard writer and mentor with Humber School For Writers Extended Submission Due Date ~ September 30, 2008 Prize Winners announced ~ December 15, 2008 Entries should be previously unpublished, typed, single-sided, and double-spaced with your name, address, telephone number and story title on a separate sheet. Parent/...
Have you submitted your SiWC Writing Contest entry yet?
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Yes indeedy, we just sent out the latest newsletter, and already I have a few ideas for new blog posts coming your way.
Firstly, if you plan to make your way to SiWC 2008 by public transit, take a good close look at this site: Translink Trip Planner.
This site will help you find your way around the Lower Mainland with as much ease as our local transit can offer, and usually give you a few choices along the way. I just had an email from an attendee making the trip from Vancouver Island, and I was able to give her bus and skytrain...
Very excited to report that our first, brand new, inaugural, primo, numero uno podcast is now up, live and listen-able.
You can hear Dale and kc talk about the conference, the podcast, Dale's penchant for blog waffles and the sounds of waves on the Stanley Park shoreline all in one brief (but shining) piece of audio. Just click on the new podcast section on our website and all will come clear (and in stereo) to your very own computer sound system. See you there!
Sitting here in a session at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference is in its 39th year and is about the same size as our beloved SiWC Event. Every year we exchange a conference basic package with the Willamette folks, and this year they are offering one of our Basic Packages in their silent auction.
This morning I played hooky (since I have never been to Portland before) and hied myself off to Powell's Bookstore, which bills itself as the biggest bookstore in the world. If it's not the biggest (and I'm not prepared to say it isn't, filling an entire city block as it does), it sure is FUN. Four storeys and millions of stories -- of course I loved it.
Back to Willamette. Great presenters, a busy time. If you have some time next July, I...
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Artisans local to Surrey and environs, here's your chance! This year, our eminent Trade Show coordinator Estelle Bogoch Stelmach is offering an opportunity for artisan-made work to be displayed and sold at the SiWC 2008 Trade Show. The Trade (and Artisan) Show will run from October 24-26, 2008 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in north Surrey.
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