SiWC Blog

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/...

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...