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kcdyer, Tuesday October 21, 2008 - 8:05am




Parking at the conference? The Sheraton Hotel has a parking lot below run by Impark -- I believe the cost is $6 or $7 dollars a day. If you are just coming for the day, there is a big mall across the street ..The Guildford Town Centre .. but don't be tempted, as apparantly they are scrupulous in ensuring their parking is saved for shopping customers. There is some free parking on the streets around the hotel, but it's scarce.

My advice is to share a ride when you can. I had an email yesterday from a conference attendee who is looking to share a ride from New Westminster. A while ago I posted a Ride Share blog -- HERE. Join in the conversation -- if you can share a ride with someone to the...

kcdyer, Sunday October 19, 2008 - 11:51pm


If you see this man at our conference (what conference, you ask? Why, the Surrey International Writers' Conference, coming to you THIS WEEK!)  please feel free to shower him with Diamonds and Pearls. He's Jeffery McGraw and he'll be hosting our Diamonds and Pearls Romance panel on Friday morning.

 Not only that, he is a long-time conference favourite and a real GEM of a guy!

 Keep your eyes peeled -- there's a final newsletter rolling through the ether at you shortly. (What newsletter, you say? Why, The SiWC on-line newsletter. Sign up for it today!)

More last-minute details soon!


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kcdyer, Wednesday October 15, 2008 - 12:49pm


Third Draft NYC editor Lisa Rector-Maass has come up with the winners of her student scholarship for SiWC 2008. The winners will be announced at our award ceremony on Friday, October 24th at 7 pm. 

Lisa and her co-judges tell me they had a selection of wonderful entries this year, and we are going to feature some of the winning pieces here on our blog in the coming days. 

If you'd like more information regarding this scholarship in future years, you can contact Lisa at:

Keep an eye on this space for some stellar examples of emerging writers!


kcdyer, Tuesday October 14, 2008 - 10:10pm
Tags: costumes, contest


Who will wear the crown?

(Actually, there are four crowns....)

 The winners and honourables mention have been notified. 

If you are one of them....shhhhhhhh.....

We'll announce to great fanfare on October 24th.


Now...have you got your costume ready?



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kcdyer, Monday October 13, 2008 - 11:44pm



I've now got the results for the Storyteller's Award and the Poetry Award. Will be notifying the winners (if I can reach them!) tomorrow. The non-fiction judges are still judging away, and I expect results soon.

However, the judges for the Writing For Young people award are currently tormenting me by dangling the winners in front of me, just beyond my vision...

 ...kinda like what I am doing to you, dear readers, right at this moment.

 Karma's a bitch, eh?   =)

Winners will be publically announced on Friday, October 24th.

Until then, my pretties...we all wait.


siwcadmin, Sunday October 12, 2008 - 9:46pm
kcdyer, Friday October 10, 2008 - 7:24pm


*Yesterday, if you are one of the lucky ones enrolled in a Master Class!

Yep, the conference begins two weeks from today, and the final dash to the finish has come upon us. 

Now's the time for your last-minute questions and thoughts -- lay 'em on me and I'll do my best to answer.

One of the things I've been asked a lot, lately, is when the contest results will be known. The public will hear on the evening of Friday, October 24th  -- two weeks from tonight, right around the time I am typing this -- that is to say, shortly after 7 pm. 

The winners themselves will know considerably sooner than that, as they need to help us put our anthology together. We were hoping to have all the winners notified by October 14th, but, as there was a bit of...

kcdyer, Thursday October 9, 2008 - 11:45am

Quillblog (the blog face of Canada' Literary magazine Quill & Quire) has a great piece on judging the big literary prizes today -- you can find the clip here -- Quillblog on Booker Judging

But, as we at SiWC (home of four AWESOME and Influential Literary Contest Prizes) know how tough the whole judging thing can be. A few words from a past Booker judge as highlighted in the above posting from Hilary Mantel, a Booker Prize judge in 1990:


I’m glad I was a Booker judge relatively early in my career. It stopped me thinking that literary...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 8, 2008 - 5:08pm
Tags: dennis foon


SiWC 2007 conference presenter, author and playwright Dennis Foon is a part of an upcoming production called TRUE BELIEVERS. In his own words:MY ACID TRIP is a man's look back at his first hallucinogenic experience, and how that illuminated the hidden truths about his immigrant family, their secrets, and the day his great uncle got a boiled potato stuck in his mouth. From the Solocollective website:TRUE BELIEVERS

three monologues by Dennis Foon, Lorena Gale, and Ian Weir directed by Camyar Chai, John Cooper, and Rachel...

kcdyer, Tuesday October 7, 2008 - 10:59pm

Lotsa questions coming this way about the Masque, mostly (I guess) since it's new this year. I'm going to do up a little FAQ here, and if you can fire any questions you may still have into the comments section at the end, I'll pop back and answer them over the next few days. goes:

1. Timing. Technically the Masque is our Night Owl event, and therefore does not begin until 9 pm. However, you certainly may come to all the evening festivities, which have been delayed an extra 15 minutes to allow a bit more preparation time, all ready for the Masque, and thereby not miss a minute of the fun. 

Here's the way Saturday evening is scheduled to progress:

Workshops end at 5:00 pm. Cash Bar opens.

5:30 pm -- 7:00...