SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Sunday September 14, 2008 - 4:20pm


As usual, my buddy Michael Slade is up to No Good. 

This time, he's planning a Most Eventful evening for all Night Owls  after 9 pm on the Friday night of the conference. He's recruited some pretty amazing cast members to help him stage two very special...very creepy radio plays.

 The cast?

Slade himself, along with fellow best-selling authors

Diana Gabaldon

Jack Whyte, and

Anne Perry

Using all his devilish charm and wit, he'...

kcdyer, Saturday September 13, 2008 - 10:15am

We are trying to locate contest entrant Stephanie Chong. We have a Vancouver address for Stephanie but no email.

Stephanie -- if you are out there, and you or one of your friends reads this,  can you please drop me a line at ?




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kcdyer, Saturday September 13, 2008 - 9:40am
Tags: volunteers


Seems we've had a little problem with Camille's, (our volunteer coordinator) email address.

 If you would like to volunteer for the conference in any capacity, please email me at and I will make sure Camille gets your message!

Or...leave a comment on this post and we'll get back to you right away.



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kcdyer, Friday September 12, 2008 - 10:21pm




SiWC is all about connecting -- connecting with old friends, other writers, industry personnel.

The focus of this post, however, is to connect people interested in sharing space. I've had a number of requests from registering 'singletons' -- folks who are coming to the conference by themselves and are looking to share the expense of a hotel room.

If you are one of those people, add your name and contact number to the comments section below this post. If other folks contact us about this, we'll send them all here -- and you can take the initiative to find yourself a suitable room mate for the conference.

But remember -- CAVEAT EMPTOR! We're just providing the place for connections here -- we're not screening the entries....

kcdyer, Thursday September 11, 2008 - 3:04pm




For the first time ever, SiWC is being held on the last weekend before Hallowe'en.

To celebrate, we will be offering a selection of Very Special Night Owl  events. Today I'm going to talk about our Saturday Evening Masque.

Here's the scoop. 

First of all, costumes are OPTIONAL. You do NOT have to wear a costume, if that is not your thing. Masks, however...are not.

Saturday evening, beginning shortly after our Book Fair and Author Signing, will be the night of the Mysterious Masque. In order to attend any of the evening's festivities, you will be required to purchase a mask. We'll be selling plain, black masks -- and a few more colourful ones, too -- at the door (and throughout the course of the conference...

kcdyer, Tuesday September 9, 2008 - 8:03pm

I just received notice of this contest today -- but it's a good 'un, (winner gets a book contract!) so if you've got something in your notebook that might work...send it in! One of the judges is our own Anthony Dalton, who will be presenting at our conference this year.

Canadian Aid Charity invites writers to participate in the 2008 ANNUAL CANADIAN AID LITERARY AWARD CONTEST CONTEST PRIZE The 2008 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest winning author will receive a TRADE BOOK PUBLISHING CONTRACT with the contest sponsor BookLand Press for publishing of the winning manuscript. CONTEST JUDGES - Anthony Dalton, National Co-Vice-President of the Canadian Authors Association - Deb Loughead, President of the Canadian Society of...
kcdyer, Monday September 8, 2008 - 12:28pm



Kimberly Joy Lambert wrote a marvellous piece for our contest in 2005 called 'Lake Kon-See -Kwents: A Cautionary Tale, and she went on to win the contest with it.

I recently heard from her sister Theresa that Kimberly passed away suddenly in May of this year, from a respiratory illness, complicated by asthma. 

If you'd like to read  a brief write-up of Kimberley's life, you can find her here: (Northland Funeral Home -- Kimberly Joy Lambert).

My memories of Kimberly are best encapsulated in this opening paragraph from her story -- I remember the first time reading this story, roaring with laughter throughout. I'm so glad she shared...

kcdyer, Sunday September 7, 2008 - 12:42pm


 We Need YOU!

 The one thing that sets the Surrey International Writers' Conference apart from all the pale imitations out there is the remarkable pool of volunteers we have. Our volunteers drive this conference -- they are our life-blood. They are a part of every detail of this conference and we could not do it without them.

Being a volunteer is a great way to get a taste of the conference, if you've never been -- a chance to rub elbows with your favourite writers and with editors, agents and publishers from across the industry.

Our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator, Camille Netherton, is right now putting together her final lists. If you are interested in lending a hand this year -- helping to drive...

kcdyer, Friday September 5, 2008 - 5:17pm


Our contest closed at 4 pm -- did you get your entry in? Emails and hard copies poured over our transoms today -- if yours was one of of luck!



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kcdyer, Thursday September 4, 2008 - 3:22pm


 Well, we don't have a podcast interview with him yet, but here's a link to a  great blog  interview of one of our long-time favourites -- agent Jeffery McGraw of the August Literary Agency. Jeffery and his colleague Cricket Freeman will be at our conference this year. Here's a taste of what he'll be looking for. Enjoy!

Jeffery McGraw interview.


And a tip of the hat to Guide to Literary Agents blog.


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