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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Submission Due Date ~ September 30, 2008 Prize Winners announced ~ December 15, 2008 Entries should be previously unpublished, typed, single-sided, and double-spaced with your name, address, telephone number and story title on a separate sheet.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/...

kcdyer, Thursday August 7, 2008 - 9:11pm


Have you submitted your SiWC Writing Contest entry yet?



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kcdyer, Wednesday August 6, 2008 - 3:49pm
Tags: transit

Hi Gang,

 Yes indeedy, we just sent out the latest newsletter, and already I have a few ideas for new blog posts coming your way.

Firstly, if you plan to make your way to SiWC 2008 by public transit, take a good close look at this site: Translink Trip Planner.


This site will help you find your way around the Lower Mainland with as much ease as our local transit can offer, and usually give you a few choices along the way.  I just had an email from an attendee making the trip from Vancouver Island, and I was able to give her bus and skytrain...

kcdyer, Monday August 4, 2008 - 3:55pm
Tags: podcast


Very excited to report that our first, brand new, inaugural, primo, numero uno podcast is now up, live and listen-able. 

You can hear Dale and kc talk about the conference, the podcast, Dale's penchant for blog waffles and the sounds of waves on the Stanley Park shoreline all in one brief (but shining) piece of audio. Just click on the new podcast section on our website and all will come clear (and in stereo) to your very own computer sound system. See you there!


kcdyer, Saturday August 2, 2008 - 2:33pm

Sitting here in a session at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference is in its 39th year and is about the same size as our beloved SiWC Event. Every year we exchange a conference basic package with the Willamette folks, and this year they are offering one of our Basic Packages in their silent auction.

This morning I played hooky (since I have never been to Portland before) and hied myself off to Powell's Bookstore, which bills itself as the biggest bookstore in the world. If it's not the biggest (and I'm not prepared to say it isn't, filling an entire city block as it does), it sure is FUN. Four storeys and millions of stories -- of course I loved it.

Back to Willamette. Great presenters, a busy time. If you have some time next July, I...

kcdyer, Wednesday July 30, 2008 - 9:43pm

Are you on our email list? We send our e-newsletters out to several thousand people ... and that's one BIG data base. If you need to change your email address, or even add a new address, you can just do it with a click of a button.

 If you are already a subscriber, just unsubscribe your old address by clicking the link at he bottom of the email newsletter. You then can re-subscribe with your new address. You can add a whole new address the same way.

Questions? Email me at or send us a comment through the comment page here.


kcdyer, Friday July 25, 2008 - 12:56pm

Artisans local to Surrey and environs, here's your chance! This year, our eminent Trade Show coordinator Estelle Bogoch Stelmach is offering an opportunity for artisan-made work to be displayed and sold at the SiWC 2008 Trade Show. The Trade (and Artisan) Show will run from October 24-26, 2008 at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in north Surrey.

If you are interested in applying for a table at the show, please go to our contact form on the website (HERE) and send your application in as soon as possible. You can also contact Estelle at if you have any questions. (Note: Entries...

kcdyer, Friday July 25, 2008 - 10:01am

Have you thanked your webmaster today? It's Systems Administrator Appreciation Day...and in honour of this day, I'd like to thank our one and only WebWizard seen in his true form, as few mere mortals can appreciate...


Thank you, Dale, for all that you do for us at SiWC!



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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)