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siwcadmin, Wednesday April 29, 2015 - 5:34pm


If you follow us on Twitter, you may have noticed us asking you to stay tuned for a big #siwc15 reveal today. And HERE IT IS!

We are thrilled to share this year's presenter roster with you. We'll have the bios up on our presenter page soon, but for now, here's a peek at the list. We hope you're as excited about it as we are!

Laura Bradford Paige Wheeler Chris (CC) Humphreys Kat Brzozowski Howard White Beverly Jenkins Naomi Davis A.J. Banner Susanna Kearsley Jess Finkelstein Q Lindsey Barrett Mary Robinette Kowal Abigail Gehring Kate Braid Shaena Lambert Michael Katz Simon Clews Carrie Mac Holly Lorincz Eileen Cook Liza Palmer Chip MacGregor Peter Darbyshire Gigi Pandian Jill Marr Sean Cranbury Arleen Paré Laurie McLean Danika Dinsmore Anne Perry Wes Miller...
KathyChung, Wednesday April 8, 2015 - 2:19pm

The first newsletter of SiWC 2015 is out! If you're on our list, you should see it in your inbox soon. It's always available on our newsletter page here, too:

Happy reading!

kcdyer, Wednesday April 1, 2015 - 12:55pm

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Ladies and Gentlemen ... start your engines! The 23rd annual Surrey International Writers' Conference contest is officially running.

This year, we have decided to focus our energies on the Storyteller's Award, so we will be accepting fiction entries of 2500-5000 words only. Winner collects $1000 in prize money and more! Check out all the details HERE on our contest page. If you have a question, email me at

Contest closes at midnight, September 18, 2015.

Start your spring off with our four favourite words: This Day We Write!



kc dyer, #SiWC15...
kcdyer, Tuesday March 31, 2015 - 3:24pm

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The SiWC Society Board has been involved this year with the formation of this new postion. Here are the details:

Call for Applications, City of Surrey Poet Laureate

The City of Surrey in partnership with Surrey Libraries, Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Surrey Arts Services, Surrey International Writers’ Conference, Arts Council of Surrey, Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University, Semiahmoo Arts, and Surrey Muse is seeking applications for the inaugural position of Poet Laureate. Surrey’s Poet Laureate will act as an ambassador for the City of Surrey and the people of Surrey, advocating for literacy and the literary arts and helping to...

kcdyer, Friday March 27, 2015 - 11:37pm

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Happy springtime!

Things are warming up all over, and no more so than here at SiWC Central, where we are shedding our winter layers and welcoming some writing-in-the-sun time.

Our writing contest opens up this year on April 1st. Have you got an entry ready for us yet? If not, there's still time -- contest deadline this year is midnight, September 18th.

You'll notice a change in our guidelines this year -- we are only accepting entries in the Storyteller category, which encompasses any piece of short fiction, 2500-5000 words. If you've written a short story lately, why not give the contest a whirl? Entry fees have not been raised in over a decade, and the return is...

KathyChung, Sunday February 1, 2015 - 6:09pm
Tags: #siwc15

Looking for information about the 2015 Surrey International Writers' Conference? You've come to the right place. 

Here's a timeline of what to expect:

Jan-March - 2014 conference information will still be up to give you a general idea of what to expect from this year's conference.

March-April - we'll start posting details of #siwc15, starting with our presenter roster and writing contest details. Workshop information will follow in April/May. We'll also announce our registration date around this time. If you haven't already booked your hotel room at the Sheraton, we recommend doing it now. The hotel fills EVERY YEAR, and rooms at our negotiated group rate go first. Check our hotel page for details. 

April 1 - our writing contest will open to submissions...

KathyChung, Sunday November 16, 2014 - 11:07am

Attention all #SiWC14 attendees!

We saw you with your smart phones and cameras at the conference, taking tonnes of pictures and snips of video all weekend long. We'd love to see what you captured. 

Please send us any photos, video clips (shorter than 3 minutes), Vines, or whatever other sorts of images you may have taken at SiWC this October that you'd like to share. Our email address for images is If you get them to us before November 30, we'll enter you in our photo and video contest. We'll pick a winner before Christmas. 

If you're sending photos of people, it'd be great if you could tell us their names. Thanks!

Sending us your images indicates your permission for us to use them freely for...

KathyChung, Wednesday November 5, 2014 - 3:04pm
Tags: siwc14

Hello, all,

I posted over at my own site today, and ended up writing about all you lovely #siwc14 people. The post is at if you'd like to read it.

More here soon!


kcdyer, Tuesday October 28, 2014 - 2:23pm
Tags: #siwc14

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Well, ladies and gentlemen and writers of all stripes, was that not the Best Year EVER?

2014 is history, and it was really one for the books. We'll be back soon with more info, but for now, to our presenters, attendees and volunteers --





kcdyer, Friday October 24, 2014 - 7:48am

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Well, it's finally here! SiWC14 began with a collection of wonderful Master Classes yesterday, and the conference itself begins this morning. A note to all contest entrants that the short-listed writers have all been notified and the winners will be announced this evening after the banquet. Thank you so much to all who entered -- see you next year!

 On-site registration is still being accepted, so if you make a last-minute decision to attend, please come and join the fun! We've got more than 70 workshops, panels and events planned, pitch sessions and the blue pencil cafe are still booking and of course, Michael Slade's Shock Theatre late tonight is not to be missed.