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KathyChung, Tuesday October 2, 2012 - 11:44am

If you read our recent success story blog, you may remember Tyner Gillies, the newly-published author who handed Christine's pages to his editor.

But before he was in a position to help anyone else succeed, he had to get there himself. Check out his recent blog entry to see how one writer went from enthusiastic but not-quite-there writer to published author with the help of SiWC, SiWC's own Jack Whyte, and a whole lot of hard work.

More soon!

kcdyer, Friday September 28, 2012 - 3:16pm

Holy Crow -- it's almost here!

SiWC2012 is three weeks away today -- and preparations are going strong.

This year, our bookselling partner, Chapters Indigo, is helping us kick things off in a big way. On Thursday, October 18th they are throwing us a great big fundraising* party at the Strawberry Hill Store in Surrey.

When you join us for a 1920's cocktail-style party from 6-9 pm, you'll have an opportunity to chat with your favourite best-selling writers over refreshments, and get your books signed on the spot. Part of every sale for the...

KathyChung, Monday September 24, 2012 - 3:39pm

Happy Monday, ladies and gents!

Less than four weeks remain until SiWC 2012 gets underway!

Have you been dithering, trying to decide if a writing conference is right for you? Looking for a reason to register, in addition to the dozens and dozens of amazing workshops, panels, and master classes, the great meals, the keynote speeches, the night owl events, the cameraderie, the inspiration, and all the other great stuff SiWC has to offer?

How about a little inspiration in the form of this lovely success story, shared with permission of its author, Christine Brant? Enjoy!

Dear SiWC,

I’m writing to thank you for your amazing conference and share with you that I am a Surrey success story.   It started six years ago. There were so many ideas...

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

 

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