SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Saturday August 2, 2008 - 2:33pm

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...

kcdyer, Wednesday July 30, 2008 - 9:43pm

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 If you are already a subscriber, just unsubscribe your old address by clicking the link at he bottom of the email newsletter. You then can re-subscribe with your new address. You can add a whole new address the same way.

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kcdyer, Friday July 25, 2008 - 12:56pm

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.

If you are interested in applying for a table at the show, please go to our contact form on the website (HERE) and send your application in as soon as possible. You can also contact Estelle at if you have any questions. (Note: Entries...

kcdyer, Friday July 25, 2008 - 10:01am

Have you thanked your webmaster today? It's Systems Administrator Appreciation Day...and in honour of this day, I'd like to thank our one and only WebWizard seen in his true form, as few mere mortals can appreciate...


Thank you, Dale, for all that you do for us at SiWC!



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kcdyer, Thursday July 24, 2008 - 12:46pm

Today marks the beginning of a new era in SiWC-dom. WebWizard Dale and I put our evil little techie minds together and have come up with a Cunning Plan to podcast a series of interviews with SiWC 2008 presenters. So, prior to our Board meeting today, we did a trial run at a coffee shop on the Kingsway, to give a little Surrey ambiance to the whole thing. And just because I was so knocked out by the cleverness of Dale's 'Go-Bag', here's a peek for you:

Cool, eh?

For the inaugural episode of our 'SiWC Soapbox' * podcast, Dale interviewed me, and subsequent podcasts will feature other presenters from the conference.

Watch for the first podcast, coming soon.

*(If you can...

Dale, Wednesday July 23, 2008 - 10:37am

The BC Association of Magazine Publishers is holding a half day Trade Magazine Writers' Symposium this coming Monday July 28th. The event is not affiliated with the SiWC but we share the Federation of BC Writers as a sponsor. There are three 1 hour sessions:

Writing for Trade Magazines: Learn the Basics and Beyond Build your Freelance Trade Magazine Writing Career The Writers and Publishers Panel

Cost is free for members of the Federation of BC Writers, Canadian Authors Association, Editors’ Association of Canada and Writers’ Union of Canada. If you're not one of those it's $10/session or $25 for all three.

Full details at (Scroll down)

kcdyer, Tuesday July 22, 2008 - 12:11pm

Check out Web Wizard Dale McGladdery's blog for a whole bunch of local summer events for folks in the Lower Mainland (aka Metro Vancouver). Of particular interest to writers:

The Summer Dream Literary Arts FestivalSaturday July 26, 2008


Vancouver Blog-a-thon 2008

Saturday July 26, 2008

 And in the fall...   BarCamp 2008

Saturday September 27, 2008 Registration:...

kcdyer, Tuesday July 22, 2008 - 10:29am


A few months ago I was asked to participate in a local fundraising drive for the SPCA, called the BC SPCA Book Tour. I wrote a story for them to use as a means to raise money for the Biscuit Fund, which helps pay for upkeep of stray and abused animals. Anyway, much to my surprise, when the press release dropped today, I discovered two other authors who will be at SIWC 2008 are also contributing to this effort.


So if you'd like a sneak peek at the work of Andrea MacPherson, Maggie deVries or kc  dyer and you'd also like to contribute to this very worthy cause -- you can find...

kcdyer, Monday July 21, 2008 - 12:23pm


And speaking of booking appointments ...

We've had a few questions over the last few days regarding booking appointments with registrarion. This is only natural because this is a BRAND new option we have available with our new registration system. In past years, registrants have given their three top choices and these appointments have been booked by hand.

With our new on-line system, on the second page of the registration form, you are given a drop-down menu for each and every available presenter, listing their available time slots. You can choose one author for Blue Pencil and one editor / agent / publisher for a Pitch Appointment.

Hooray for technology!

As with everything techie, though, there are pros and cons. The pro is...

kcdyer, Monday July 21, 2008 - 12:41pm

On the weekend we discovered that agent Jenny Rappaport (Perkins) had inadvertantly been dropped off our list of pitch appointments on our registration page. She's back up now, and will have extra appointments available at the conference, subject to availability.


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