SiWC Blog

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...

kcdyer, Friday June 27, 2008 - 3:14pm

This is Kristin Nelson, founder of the Nelson Literary Agency. She's been a guest presenter at SiWC many times, including last year. It turns out that last year was a special one for her...

I just got a note from Kristin last night. She wanted to let me know that SiWC attendee Janice Hardy (who successfully pitched her story to Kristin last year at the conference) had just signed a MAJOR* deal with Harper Collins.

Congratulations Janice!!!! (And -- way to go Kristin!) We are thrilled for you both.

Here's the announcement. 


Janice Hardy’s debut fantasy trilogy beginning with THE PAIN...

Dale, Thursday June 26, 2008 - 2:50pm

The conference schedule is up and available for your viewing pleasure!

I'm very pleased to offer expanded viewing options this year. Last year there was only a generic overview with a detailed daily view of the workshops. This year each day has an overview with summary details and links to detailed information. There's also improved linking of speakers and workshops.

To everyone that's requested a grid view of the workshops, I'd love to have one, too! But with 10 concurrent workshop tracks (!!!) it's quite wide requiring title abbreviation and very small print, making the result less useful than one would hope. It's my hope the summary (just titles and speakers) and detailed list combination communicates the information equally as well or better. Please let me know...

kcdyer, Wednesday June 25, 2008 - 10:56pm

Cor blimey, there's a lot happening around here in SiWC land lately. We've got a complete roster of presenters now gracing our website, and WebWizard Dale has been working his magic...have you checked out the schedule, lately? It's now on the website for all to share! (Click here to see for yourself: SiWC 2008 Schedule.)

We're closing in on completing the brochure, so hard copies will be available soon. And the registration re-structure is humming along like a rufous in the sangria.

Time for a newsletter, methinks, to spell out all the details. Look for it tomorrow on an email server near you!


kcdyer, Tuesday June 24, 2008 - 11:30pm

Just a quick follow-up to yesterday's post -- the Surrey School District (our patron sponsor) is establishing a new registration gateway for us to use this year. They have all the information in place, now, and are working on configuring the new system as I type. (Yes -- at this very moment!)

All this to say that, while SiWC 2008 registration will open (as noted yesterday) on July 17, 2008, we shall have the registration details up well before that. As soon, in fact, as they are available from the hard-working programmers who are setting up the system.

In the meantime, a couple of reminders.

1. Long before the conference sells out (which it has, over the past 3 or 4 years, at least) the Sheraton Guildford gets completely booked. If you are planning to come...

kcdyer, Monday June 23, 2008 - 10:52pm


Registration will open for SiWC 2008 on....


July 17, 2008.


The race is on! Who will be first in line?



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kcdyer, Thursday June 19, 2008 - 10:04pm

Webwizard Dale has come up with yet another interesting twist on our new website -- it's called 'SiWC In the Media' and you can find it under the yellow News & Media banner on the content menu of the home page, or by clicking here.

This new page will essentially list links to stories that appear about SiWC in traditional and new media -- in newspapers, blogs, podcasts -- if we can link to it, you'll find it there. We are not planning to add an RSS feed to 'In the Media', but will add a little note in the 'What's New' section (which does have its own feed) when anything new is added.

Right now you'll...

Dale, Thursday June 19, 2008 - 8:37pm

An interesting post at Writer Unboxed about creating a promotional video for your book: Creating a book trailer.

Author Sophie Masson borrows the term "trailer" from the movie industry. I wanted to say "needlessly borrowed", but besides the budget there is an arguable distinction in the kind of video she's discussing versus your typical promotional video. Perhaps calling it a "trailer" is worthwhile for discussion purposes.

For non-fiction I can imagine lots of possibilities, but have doubts about how well a "trailer" style might work for fiction. Trying to capture the written word with...