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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...

kcdyer, Monday August 11, 2008 - 12:13am

The SiWC Soap Box Podcast takes to the air again today, with YA author and SiWC presenter James McCann standing on the Soap Box. James talks about his inspiration as a writer, and about what people might expect who plan to attend his Master Class (with Lee Edward Fodi) or one of his other workshops at SiWC 2008. Hope you enjoy the can find it here on our Podcast Page.



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kcdyer, Sunday August 10, 2008 - 1:58pm



...and long-term favourite of this conference Diana Gabaldon just gave our Writing Contest a mention on her blog The Voyage of the Artemis. Diana and Jack Whyte got together several years ago to sponsor the fiction element of our writing contest, now called The Storyteller's Award. Not only do they sponsor this element of the contest, but they also judge the entries. We continue to be thrilled and honoured by their generosity to other writers -- a huge part of the spirit that keeps our conference alive from year to year.

Thank you to both Diana and Jack for their contributions -- and to our other roster of wonderful judges (Lois Peterson...

kcdyer, Thursday August 7, 2008 - 9:09pm

Here's another -- this one for personal essay.... 


Call for Submissions First Person Narrative National Essay Contest Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives This Year’s Topic ~ Once I Was A Child Essay Length ~ 2000-2500 words. 1st prize      $500.00 2nd prize     $300.00 3rd prize     $200.00 With a special prize of $100.00 for Best Under Nineteen Prizewinning essays to be selected by award winning author and Giller Prize nominee Wayson Choy and by Sarah Sheard writer and mentor with Humber School For Writers Extended Submission Due Date ~ September 30, 2008 Prize Winners announced ~ December 15, 2008 Entries should be previously unpublished, typed, single-sided, and double-spaced with your name, address, telephone number and story title on a separate sheet. Parent/...