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kcdyer, Friday July 18, 2008 - 10:18am

Hi Gang,

 

Wow! We had a rousing first day of registration, and new registrants continue to pour in. Thanks to all of you for showing such enthusiasm for our conference!

We are experiencing a little technical difficulty with our direct link to the Sheraton Guildford hotel, and hope to have it repaired shortly. In the meantime, you can find the telephone numbers (toll-free and local) to the Sheraton on our hotel page here: Hotel Page.

Remember to tell them you're coming for the conference to qualify for the best rate. And please note that the hotel has sold out over the past several years of our conference. Book your room early to avoid disappointment!

 There are several other hotels in...

kcdyer, Thursday July 17, 2008 - 11:11am
Tags: registration

Better get cracking!

 Registration is now LIVE on the site. 

 

Just a note -- the school district is having a few staffing difficulties this week, so if you have a problem with your on-line registration, just drop me an email at kcdyer@siwc.ca and I'll give you a hand.

 

See you in October!

 

~kc

kcdyer, Wednesday July 16, 2008 - 12:09pm
Tags: registration

 

Things are a-buzzing here at SiWC central as we work to get everything in place for registration to open tomorrow. I'll send out an e-newsletter tonight for those folks who don't regularly check the blog, but since YOU do, you'll hear it here first.

We are aiming for a noon start-up, but that will depend on a number of factors. We have a new registration platform this year, in which (if all goes well), you'll not only be able to register, but will immediately be able to book a spot with the Blue Pencil author and the Pitch appointment editor/agent/publisher of your choice. We've been running many tests of the system over the past few days and it looks like everything is a go. This new registration platform has to connect with the school district (who...

Dale, Friday July 11, 2008 - 1:57pm
Tags: Sheraton

We had a question a while back asking about the Sheraton Guildford, our conference venue. Why the concern? A picture is worth a thousand words:

Have no fear, the work is purely exteriour and will be finished before the conference! Here's the blurb from their website:

Hotel Renovations: October 22, 2007 - August 31, 2008

From October 22, 2007 through August 31, 2008, this hotel will undergo renovations to the exterior, improving sound proofing and energy efficient window systems. Construction will take place Monday through Friday between 7am and 4pm. Guest staying during these times should expect to...

kcdyer, Wednesday July 9, 2008 - 11:31pm

This is YA author James McCann. He will be joining Lee Edward Fodi to team-teach a Master Class on writing for children on Octobr 23rd this year. But presently, he is on the road with your humble blogging scribe, selling his books and talking about writing for kids and teens on the 'Rocky Mountain Chocolate & Chat Tour'. He and I are up to much no good as we hie eastward in search of the perfect piece of chocolate...or the perfect tour experience, whichever comes first.

All this to say, I am a leetle behind on posting exciting news here...but I have some for you now. The prices are up on the registration page. Our costs have gone up a little this year (flying our presenters in to the conference is a big part of...

kcdyer, Wednesday July 9, 2008 - 11:26pm

A few words from the journal that brings you info on SiWC's writing contest and others. From Sue at Kudos (a UK publication)....

Everybody always remembers that amazing moment they actually won a prize, but writers can always come out on top - because entering competitions encourages motivation, organisation, and inspiration. Contact now for a free sample back issue of Kudos, emailed as a pdf file Every issue, around 200 competitions – some with free entry; at least 50 for poetry, around 40 for short stories. Plus collections, anthologies, playwriting, non fiction, books etc, home and abroad Details of around £250,000 in prize money. Only £2.50 per issue. £15 pa for six; £20 Overseas KUDOS #71 (formerly Competitions Bulletin): July/August; runs mainly from the end of July...

Dale, Monday July 7, 2008 - 2:00pm
Only a 20 minute ferry ride from the coast, the Bowen Island Write on Bowen writers festival offers workshops and panel presentations in a distinctly non-metropolitan setting. Presenters include SiWC alum Bernice Lever and George McWhirter. The festival is this weekend, July 11 to 13, and features presentations on screenplay writing, memoir writing, poetry for youth, publishing options, lyric writing, freelance writing, sourcing your inspiration, and poetry writing. Cost is $20.00 for members of the Bowen Island Arts Council (BIAC), $25.00 for non-members, and panel presentations are free! Full details at http://www.biac.ca/writersfestival.
kcdyer, Saturday July 5, 2008 - 6:04am

This lovely lady is Estelle Bogoch Stelmach -- SiWC Board member, teacher, writer, gardener and Trade Show Coordinator extraordinaire. This year, there will be a few changes to the Trade Show, as the Board has voted to include a section for Artisans. Here's the latest from Estelle herself:

The 2008 SiWC three day Trade Show is the place to be to meet with representatives of a wide variety of organizations, of interest to both new and experienced writers. Past participants have included editors’ and writers’ associations, publishers, authors, and those selling software for writers. This show is geared for the ‘writing world’ and features products and information specifically for the attendants of the conference....

kcdyer, Friday July 4, 2008 - 10:51pm

As we get closer to the opening of SiWC 2008 registration, excitement is mounting and questions and comments are coming in fast and furious. I'd like to highlight some of these questions here on the blog, to help spread the word.

Today's question covers the subject of Master Classes. At SiWC, we offer classes the day before the actual conference begins. Many folks like to sign up and kick-start their conference by taking one or two of these classes.

This year we have six classes -- three offered in the afternoon and three in the evening. One of the classes (to be led by the brilliant and charming Jack Whyte, requires interested students to compete for...

kcdyer, Monday June 30, 2008 - 11:38pm

Carmen Merrells, one of our long-time dedicated Board members, recently found this post on Anne Perry's website. Anne is one of our conference favourites -- it's hard to imagine the conference without her!

 

First I went to Guildford, near Vancouver, for the Surrey International Writers Convention, which I do every year.  It really is superb, the best learning experience I have had in all aspects of the craft of writing.  It is also enormously enjoyable, even if it rains solidly all the time, which this year it did.  It is extremely well organised and it is another where many of the same people come each year, and another chance to meet friends.  But this is in a hotel, and far larger.  I believe...

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