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kcdyer, Friday December 13, 2013 - 10:36pm

Our panel of judges has conferred... and the results are in!

[drumroll, please....!]

The #SiWC13 Digital Photo Contest winners include:

In third place, NEVERMORE, shot by Carol Garvin.

In second place, AN EPIC BATTLE, by Ginny Jacques:

And the winner, by popular demand is 'SUPER CAROL', once again by Carol Garvin.

Congratulations to our winners Carol and Ginny! Please contact me at so we can organize getting your prizes off to you.

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to us. We are hard at work behind the scenes getting the new photo section of our website ready. When it's all set for the big reveal, you'll read about it here, first!

But for now, all the folks at SiWC Central are wishing...

kcdyer, Tuesday December 3, 2013 - 5:36am

Hello from the ancient sandstone streets of Edinburgh! Here's a shot of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town taken from the top of Arthur's Seat to make you feel right at home.

Our photo contest from this year's conference is now officially closed. [It closed on December 1, actually, but due to aforementioned Scottish jaunt, my access to wifi has been somewhat hampered...]

Thanks to all of the wonderful attendees who submitted their shots to the contest! It's been great to revisit all the fun and excitement of the conference this year. We will be announcing the winners of the contest and displaying the results on Friday, December 13, 2013. So watch this space and before you know it, all will be revealed!

And, in the meantime, if you have other...

KathyChung, Monday December 2, 2013 - 12:59pm


From our friends at the Surrey Public library, an event this Wednesday night, December 4. Check it out!


kcdyer, Wednesday November 20, 2013 - 6:32pm

So, how is your post-conference recovery going? Are you assuaging your SiWC-related longings by participating in NaNoWriMo? Or are you bearing down on your latest ms by using the Famous Yahtzee Method?

Either way -- I wish you happy writing!

But if, instead, you find yourself flipping sadly through pictures on your camera phone, harking back to the halcyon days of #SiWC13, stop right now! Type '' into your email and forward your favourite shots to us for our contest! Open only to attendees of the conference this year [naturally, since if you didn't come, it's unlikely you'll be in possession of fancy photos of JJ Lee or suspicious snaps of Slade...] we are offering some...

KathyChung, Thursday November 14, 2013 - 3:31pm

Hello, All!

Have you recovered from #siwc13 yet? Are you already looking forward to next year? We've heard of a few people who're already counting the days. :)

But first, before we leave this year behind, we'd love your help archiving all things SiWC 2013. Did you blog about the conference? Take pictures you'd be willing to share? If you'd like to send them, we'd love to see them! Send us links to your blog posts and email us your pictures (kathychung at siwc dot ca). Please specificy if we can link to your post or use your photos on our website (credited, of course) or if they're for our eyes only.

And if you get your photos in by December 1, you'll be entered in our SiWC photo contest. And yes, there is a fabulous prize to be won!

Thanks for sharing....

kcdyer, Tuesday October 29, 2013 - 2:55pm
Tags: farewell

#SiWC13 is over -- and what a massive success it was! We at SiWC Central hope you had the time of your life, and are filled with ideas and inspiration that will feed your writing life for the next 12 months. Watch the site over the next few weeks, as we update with pictures, award winners and more from the conference. And during the year, follow us on twitter @SiWCtweets and @SiWCBoard, sign up for our newsletter and follow our blog posts for all that is new and exciting in the SiWC writing world.

See you October 24-26, 2014!



KathyChung, Wednesday October 23, 2013 - 8:44am
Tags: siwc13

Did you miss the chance for pre-conference registration? Never fear! We still have some space in most master classes and all registration packages, so will re-open on-site registration at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel on Thursday morning. The registration line could be long, so arrive early! Registration will be available each day of the conference until and unless we sell out along the way.

See you there!

KathyChung, Thursday October 17, 2013 - 12:02pm
Tags: siwc13

We're just a week away from SiWC13! 

Putting this year's conference together has been a labour of love, and we are SO excited with what we have in store. Over 75 workshops, panels, and master classes to help hone your craft, no matter what kind of writing is your focus. This year's registrants include everyone from absolute beginners to multi-published authors seeking professional development and inspiration, and they're coming from all over North American and beyond. If you write, we have something for you.

And in between classes, the hotel will be full of like-minded people to chat with, hundreds of writers who understand what it is to need to write, to sacrifice sleep and social events and time with family to meet your writing goals. These are your people, and you...

kcdyer, Wednesday October 16, 2013 - 2:05pm

The City of Surrey has once again proclaimed the week of October 23-27, 2013,  Surrey International Writers' Conference Week. Thanks to all at the City for celebrating with us!



or sweetly tweeting @kcdyer

kcdyer, Friday October 11, 2013 - 10:06pm

Things are moving at lightning speed here around SiWC Central -- so much is happening!

In just two short weeks we will be in the throes of the latest and best SiWC ever! In the meantime, I wanted to let you know that the short-lists for all the writing contest categories have been compiled, and the authors notified. If you didn't hear back from us this year -- I'm sorry! Please try again next year. The cost of entries goes ENTIRELY to the prizes, and you KNOW money in writers' hands is the best place for it. Next year, after many years at the same prize level, we've decided to up the ante -- you will have a chance to win a pass to #SiWC14 AND some cold, hard cash!

Details to be released soon -- on the first night of the conference this year, to be exact, along with the...