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KathyChung, Friday September 21, 2012 - 5:57pm

Well, hello! I know it's been a little quiet around here. As you can imagine, this is a crazy busy time here at SiWC Central as we get all the details sewn up to make SiWC the best it can be.

I am delighted to announce that we've added a new presenter to our roster for this year. Elizabeth Lyon is a freelance editor and a popular presenter who's an old friend of our conference. We're delighted to have her back for the first time in a few years.

Elizabeth will be teaching workshops and taking blue pencil appointments. Here's her bio:

Elizabeth Lyon is the author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write, The Sell Your Novel Tool Kit, A Writer’s Guide to Nonfiction, A Writer’s Guide to Fiction, National...

KathyChung, Friday September 7, 2012 - 1:26pm

Attention all you procrastinators! I know you're out there.

 SiWC 2012 is only six weeks away, from October 19-21 with master classes on the 18th. With the conference rapidly approaching, so are THREE important deadlines. This is a reminder post for those of you who read our recent newsletter and for anyone who loses track of time as easily as I do.

Our WRITNG CONTEST entry deadline is next Friday, September 14. With $1000 prizes in four categories, you don't want to miss out. http://www.siwc.ca/contest/2012

EARLY-BIRD PRICING ends next Saturday, September 15. Registration will remain open until we sell out, by why not save a few dollars and register today? Need to get early-bird...

KathyChung, Wednesday September 5, 2012 - 10:01pm

Join us at 11am Pacific TODAY, Thursday, September 6, for our inaugural SiWC Tweetchat! Topic this time will be writing contests. Our contest closes on September 14, so the timing is perfect to get your questions answered and to learn some tips and tricks for doing well in writing contest.

This chat will include our contest queen kc dyer, your devoted conference coordinator (me!), and our social media guru Sean Cranbury, as well as anyone else who'd like to join in.

Find us on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #siwc2012.

Again, that's TODAY, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 at 11am Pacific using #siwc2012

See you there!

Kathy

kcdyer, Friday August 31, 2012 - 1:04pm

Okay, writers. This is nearly it. You've got

TWO WEEKS

to the writing contest deadline.

The MOST lucrative, MOST prestigious, and MOST fun contest....ours!

the 20th Annual SiWC Writing Contest

Deadline: Midnight, September 14.

What will it be?

The perfect haiku?

A fragment of memory, sweetly told?

An Epic Poem in Alien Doggerel?

Or a quintessential heart-pounding spellbinder?

Whatever story you have in you, type it out and send it in. $15/entry, a price that hasn't changed in years, and 100% of which goes back...

kcdyer, Friday August 31, 2012 - 1:39pm

Okay, writers. This is nearly it. You've got

TWO WEEKS

to the writing contest deadline.

The MOST lucrative, MOST prestigious, and MOST fun contest....ours!

the 20th Annual SiWC Writing Contest

Deadline: Midnight, September 14.

What will it be?

The perfect haiku?

A fragment of memory, sweetly told?

An Epic Poem in Alien Doggerel?

Or a quintessential heart-pounding spellbinder?

Whatever story you have in you, type it out and send it in. $15/entry, a price that hasn't changed in years, and 100% of which goes back...

KathyChung, Tuesday August 14, 2012 - 11:55am

It's the 14th of August today, exactly one month until the deadline for the SiWC 2012 writing contest.

Have you sent in your entry yet?

Not happy with what you've written? You have a whole month to finish something new and send it off in time for the deadline.

It's definitely worth your effort. Our contest offers $1000 first prizes in four categories: storytellers, non-fiction, poetry, and writing for kids.

Check out all the details on our contest page, here: http://www.siwc.ca/contest/2012

KathyChung, Wednesday July 4, 2012 - 12:00pm

Happy July 4th to all our American friends! Hope you're enjoying a sunny, barbecue-and-fireworks kind of day.

Always hungry for SiWC info? We're adding details as we get them. Up today, details for Luke Ryan's all new Advanced Screenwriting master class. Great for screenwriters AND other fiction writers, too. Check it out! http://www.siwc.ca/workshop/2012/advanced-screenwriting

Love the sound of it or any other master class, but have already registered? Call our office to add to your registration. Phone registration hours and our phone number are here: http://www.siwc.ca/2012/registration

 

KathyChung, Friday June 29, 2012 - 10:23am

Just a quick reminder that we're down to the last two days of our June special. Register online by June 30 to lock in LAST YEAR's early-bird rates.

Registration information and the link to our online reg form here: http://www.siwc.ca/2012/registration

If you're planning to stay in the hotel for the conference, hotel booking information is here: http://www.siwc.ca/hotel_travel/index.php Our special conference rate is available until it sells out or until September 15, whichever comes first.

More soon!

 

KathyChung, Tuesday June 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

Ever wonder if anyone really finds success from attending a writing conference? We know they do!

We've enjoyed hearing lots of SiWC success stories over the years from writers who met their agent or editor at SiWC.

Today, I'm delighted to bring you a pretty amazing good news story, unusual because of how quickly it all came together.

At last year's SiWC, attendee Leanne Shirtliffe met agent Jill Marr who loved her book so much she made her an offer of representation ON THE SPOT. If you've ever been to any writing conference, whether SiWC or another, you know how rare that is. Leanne and Jill were excited and the rest of us got to share the buzz, too.

And now, just eight months after the conference and her fortuitous appointment with Jill, we are delighted to...

KathyChung, Saturday June 23, 2012 - 3:57pm

We know we've been a bit quiet around here the last few days. Our apologies! The amazing registration rush the last two weeks has kept us busy. We are SO excited to know you're excited to get signed up. Numbers are well ahead of last year, and we're delighted.

Have you booked your hotel room yet? Our conference rate includes internet this year, and is available until rooms run out or until mid-September, so don't leave it too long to book! Our annual Room Share blog is up here: http://www.siwc.ca/blogs/kathychung/annual-room-share-blog-2012 This is the place to post if you're looking for a new friend to share costs by sharing a room.

As we gather all our workshop details, we add them to our site...

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