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kcdyer, Saturday August 30, 2008 - 7:57pm

If you had a chance to read the interview WebWizard Dale posted yesterday, you may have noticed editor Lisa Rector mentioned a very exciting piece of news, but just in case you missed it, here it is, straight from Lisa:

In recognition of the talent of young writers world-wide, I am pleased to announce the Lisa Rector Young Writer’s Scholarship. The inaugural event will be held at this year’s Surrey International Writers Conference Oct. 24-26, 2008. A full 3-day scholarship to attend the conference, including workshops, meals and banquets will be awarded to a student demonstrating outstanding achievement or promise in the areas of poetry, fiction, non-fiction or screenwriting. Students must be between the ages of 12-18 at the...

Dale, Friday August 29, 2008 - 3:00pm

A while ago kc asked who you wanted interviewed on The Soapbox. One of the requests was Lisa Rector-Maass. I'm not sure where our interview with Lisa sits in the grand queue, but while you're waiting for us you can read the two part interview with Lisa the folks at Writer Unboxed have posted:

Interview with an Editor: Lisa Rector, Part 1 Interview with an Editor: Lisa Rector, Part 2


kcdyer, Thursday August 28, 2008 - 6:58am

Okay, so I'm not actually Dorothy, no matter how much I'd like to be. But this Friday marks the last week before our contest deadline. No time to mourn a summer wasted, marinated in sangria and baked in the sun....(uh...actually, that sounds like a summer Dorothy would have celebrated!). But regardless of how the last month or two slipped by -- now's the time to get yourself ready, put your shaky hand to a pen or a computer keyboard and get your contest entry finished!

A few things to keep in mind:

1) $1000 in prize money first place in EACH category. NOT to mention the prestige associated with being an SiWC contest winner.

2) You can enter by email! That's...

kcdyer, Wednesday August 27, 2008 - 5:50am


I happen to be making a brief sojourne to New York City at the moment. I'm staying in the heart (sorry) of the city, about a block away from the Empire State building, pictured to the left, above.

 Apart from the 'having a good time, wish you were here' postcard greetings, I had lunch yesterday with the inimitable Janet Reid, who will be presenting at the conference this year. We had a great time chatting about the conference, and she told me she is very excited about having the chance to work with  writers in her Master Class this year.

Janet will be talking about query letters in Query Roulette -- how to take your letters and...

Dale, Tuesday August 26, 2008 - 10:56am
Tags: humour

I tripped over this and thought I would share:

Funny metaphors used in high school essays

There's a couple quotes that have me curious, I wouldn't mind reading the works they came from. Creating a funny tangent is a comedic gift.

This writer has a Douglas Adams vibe:

The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.

And this writer must come from a big family (I hope):

The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

Have a funny metaphor or link to some writing humour? Please share (and leave a comment)!

Dale, Monday August 25, 2008 - 2:10pm

Many people travel and many people write but few take to the level Anthony Dalton has. In addition to being published his adventures have been recognized by both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club, where he holds the title of Fellow. In this week's episode of the SiWC Soapbox host kcdyer interviews Anthony Dalton. The discussion includes how Anthony was blind-sided by the subject of a biography he was writing, his writing process, and his presentation at the conference.

Check it out: The Soapbox - Ep4: Anthony Dalton

Dale, Friday August 22, 2008 - 11:58pm

On Monday I published kc dyer's interview with Bernice Lever in Episode 3 of the SiWC Soapbox podcast. Recorded at the 5th Annual Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival, I also caught Bernice on video giving a reading from her book, Yet Woman I Am (kc and Bernice talked about the reading in their discussion). We're pleased Bernice has given us permission to publish her reading here.


Bernice Lever's SiWC Biography Page:

Websites: Colour of Words:...

kcdyer, Tuesday August 19, 2008 - 7:02pm



I'm thinking this might be a bit of coals to Newcastle, but... just a reminder that the answers to many questions regarding the conference can be found by reading through the website, back copies of the newsletter and this very blog. Summer's end is drawing nigh and in the perverse Canadian way, as the weather chills, things are heating up around SiWC central. If something puzzles you, have a peek through our blog and newsletter archives to see if we've answered your question. And if you can't find the answer -- fire your question at me, and I'll do my best to get to the bottom of things for you. You can get me through the Contact Page on the website or by emailing...

kcdyer, Sunday August 17, 2008 - 7:48pm


A pause from the dog* days of summer, here, to bring you up to date on a couple of faculty changes we have experienced over the past little while.

I'm sorry to say that agent Carolyn Swayze and editor Paula Eykelhof will be unable to attend our conference this fall. They both have sent apologies -- and a replacement, so the good news is our schedule will remain unaffected. Kris Rothstein will be standing in Carolyn's stead as the representative from the Swayze Literary Agency. And Valerie Gray will be coming to us from Harlequin. If you have already booked a pitch appointment with...

Dale, Thursday August 14, 2008 - 12:45pm
Tags: James McCann

James McCann recently spoke at Vancouver's Summer Dream Literary Arts Festival and I was there to catch him on video (and in turn was caught on film by kc: Summer Dream Redux)!

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...