SiWC Blog

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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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 and I'll give you a hand.


See you in October!



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...