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kcdyer, Thursday September 11, 2008 - 3:04pm




For the first time ever, SiWC is being held on the last weekend before Hallowe'en.

To celebrate, we will be offering a selection of Very Special Night Owl  events. Today I'm going to talk about our Saturday Evening Masque.

Here's the scoop. 

First of all, costumes are OPTIONAL. You do NOT have to wear a costume, if that is not your thing. Masks, however...are not.

Saturday evening, beginning shortly after our Book Fair and Author Signing, will be the night of the Mysterious Masque. In order to attend any of the evening's festivities, you will be required to purchase a mask. We'll be selling plain, black masks -- and a few more colourful ones, too -- at the door (and throughout the course of the conference...

kcdyer, Tuesday September 9, 2008 - 8:03pm

I just received notice of this contest today -- but it's a good 'un, (winner gets a book contract!) so if you've got something in your notebook that might work...send it in! One of the judges is our own Anthony Dalton, who will be presenting at our conference this year.

Canadian Aid Charity invites writers to participate in the 2008 ANNUAL CANADIAN AID LITERARY AWARD CONTEST CONTEST PRIZE The 2008 Canadian Aid Literary Award Contest winning author will receive a TRADE BOOK PUBLISHING CONTRACT with the contest sponsor BookLand Press for publishing of the winning manuscript. CONTEST JUDGES - Anthony Dalton, National Co-Vice-President of the Canadian Authors Association - Deb Loughead, President of the Canadian Society of...
kcdyer, Monday September 8, 2008 - 12:28pm



Kimberly Joy Lambert wrote a marvellous piece for our contest in 2005 called 'Lake Kon-See -Kwents: A Cautionary Tale, and she went on to win the contest with it.

I recently heard from her sister Theresa that Kimberly passed away suddenly in May of this year, from a respiratory illness, complicated by asthma. 

If you'd like to read  a brief write-up of Kimberley's life, you can find her here: (Northland Funeral Home -- Kimberly Joy Lambert).

My memories of Kimberly are best encapsulated in this opening paragraph from her story -- I remember the first time reading this story, roaring with laughter throughout. I'm so glad she shared...

kcdyer, Sunday September 7, 2008 - 12:42pm


 We Need YOU!

 The one thing that sets the Surrey International Writers' Conference apart from all the pale imitations out there is the remarkable pool of volunteers we have. Our volunteers drive this conference -- they are our life-blood. They are a part of every detail of this conference and we could not do it without them.

Being a volunteer is a great way to get a taste of the conference, if you've never been -- a chance to rub elbows with your favourite writers and with editors, agents and publishers from across the industry.

Our wonderful Volunteer Coordinator, Camille Netherton, is right now putting together her final lists. If you are interested in lending a hand this year -- helping to drive...

kcdyer, Friday September 5, 2008 - 5:17pm


Our contest closed at 4 pm -- did you get your entry in? Emails and hard copies poured over our transoms today -- if yours was one of of luck!



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kcdyer, Thursday September 4, 2008 - 3:22pm


 Well, we don't have a podcast interview with him yet, but here's a link to a  great blog  interview of one of our long-time favourites -- agent Jeffery McGraw of the August Literary Agency. Jeffery and his colleague Cricket Freeman will be at our conference this year. Here's a taste of what he'll be looking for. Enjoy!

Jeffery McGraw interview.


And a tip of the hat to Guide to Literary Agents blog.


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kcdyer, Thursday September 4, 2008 - 3:20pm


For those of you with a poetic bent, here is news of a series of workshops to be held in Vancouver, BC. One of the workshops is to be led by our own Bernice Lever (pictured here, performing at Summer Dream Literary Festival).

Here's the press release:


New! Coming in the fall of 2008, The World Poetry Workshop Series:  Dear World Poetry Members and poetry supporters: With your help and support, World Poetry is about to achieve a long-standing dream:  a Poetry Workshop Series, to be held at the Alliance for Arts and Culture, Suite...

kcdyer, Tuesday September 2, 2008 - 11:44am
Tags: contest fees

I've had a few questions regarding submission fees for our contest entries, so I thought I'd address them here.

If you are sending your entry to us from Canada or the US, just include a cheque for $15 for each entry and all will be well. We are not really worried about the exchange rate -- for a few years we made a couple of pennies, and now the pendulum has swung the other way.

If you are sending us your entry from further afield, (and many do!) an International Money Order is best. Again, we can accept it in either Canadian or US funds.

And in case you are interested...

ALL (as in 100%) of the entry fees go towards supporting the contest and the conference. All the folks involved in the contest (coordinator, contest assistants, judges)...

kcdyer, Tuesday September 2, 2008 - 10:33am
Tags: phone number



Our phone number has changed!

We prefer to handle most of your questions and requests by email -- that way we have a record to follow to make sure the questions all get answered and the problems all get solved. But once in a while, you might need to call us. If you need to reach the SiWC crew by telephone, please take note...the new number is


Catchy, easy-to-remember. It's on our website and on our brochure, but some old info sites on the 'net may have the old number, so take note...and we'll talk to you soon!

3 days left to our contest deadline! You can find our contest page here: ....

kcdyer, Saturday August 30, 2008 - 7:57pm

If you had a chance to read the interview WebWizard Dale posted yesterday, you may have noticed editor Lisa Rector mentioned a very exciting piece of news, but just in case you missed it, here it is, straight from Lisa:

In recognition of the talent of young writers world-wide, I am pleased to announce the Lisa Rector Young Writer’s Scholarship. The inaugural event will be held at this year’s Surrey International Writers Conference Oct. 24-26, 2008. A full 3-day scholarship to attend the conference, including workshops, meals and banquets will be awarded to a student demonstrating outstanding achievement or promise in the areas of poetry, fiction, non-fiction or screenwriting. Students...