SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Wednesday October 1, 2014 - 4:37pm

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Like our annual room share blog, this one's all about the comments. Looking for someone to share a ride from the airport or the ferry terminal? Post in the comments. Want to carpool from other parts of YVR? Post that, too. Happy to drive, but looking for someone to ride with you and share gas and...

KathyChung, Monday September 29, 2014 - 10:52am

With #siwc14 coming up in less than a month, we though some of you might be wondering what to expect, especially if it's your first time or you're on the fence about committing to coming. We could tell you, but we couldn't say it any better than our attendees do. This guest post comes to you from Ev Bishop, a writer who makes the trek to SiWC as often as she can. Enjoy!

Because I just realized that it’s exactly a month until I leave for the 2014 Surrey International Writers’ Conference, I give you a happy pre-conference blurt that I wrote way back on June 10th, 2009 just after I paid my registration fee and booked my hotel and flights for SiWC 2009.

I didn’t attend last year’...

KathyChung, Friday September 26, 2014 - 10:11am

Hello, all! And happy Friday to you.

We've had some great guesses come in for this year's theme contest, some of which we should definitely consider for future years. A couple of you came close, and we're pretty impressed, on the strength of one hint, just how close you got. But sadly, we are without a winner.

Winner or no, however, the time has come to reveal this year's theme. 

Before I do, though (she said, stretching out the moment), for those of you who are new to SiWC, let me explain. Friday evening at the conference is theme night, and we encourage you to wear theme-related costumes, if you're interested in doing so, to our Friday night banquet. Not a costume person? No problem. Dress at dinner will range from the day's conference wear to a little dressier...

KathyChung, Saturday September 13, 2014 - 10:28am

In a few days, we'll reveal this year's theme so those of you who're into costumes can figure out what you're going to wear to our Friday night banquet.

But as always, we want to give you a chance to guess, using our ridiculous, extremely vague hints. I mean, we could tell you now, but then we'd have to kill you. Or maybe we could make something up to throw you off the trail...

Guesses to me at kathychung at Reveal in a few days.

Stay tuned!

KathyChung, Friday September 5, 2014 - 12:50pm

Here at SiWC Central and all over the rest of British Columbia, this post-Labour-Day week is typically the one that sees us back to our fall routines. Kids here return to school, and we begin to get back into the regular groove. Labour Day seems to work that way in a lot of places, something we considered when we chose today as our early bird registration cut-off. But for BC residents, at least, this week has been anything but normal. BC teachers are on strike, so what should have been back to school and routine is instead a scramble to figure out what to do with kids who'd otherwise be in class.

We can't solve the impasse between the teachers and the BC government, but we can do our little bit to help take the pressure off remembering all the things you have to get done in the...

KathyChung, Friday August 22, 2014 - 10:13am
Tags: siwc14, keynotes

Hello, hello! And a very happy Friday to you.

We have exciting news! (Seriously; we've been bouncing in our chairs here at SiWC Central, and a couple of us, who shall remain nameless, have even fallen out of them from chair dancing a little too vigorously. One may even have scared an innocent dog with her shriek of glee.) 

We're absolutely thrilled to reveal the identities of our keynote speakers for #SiWC14. They are

Friday morning: Peter Rubie

Friday evening: Sarah Wendell

Saturday morning: Cory Doctorow

Saturday evening: Chuck Wendig

Sunday morning: Laura Bradbury

Sunday afternoon: Hallie Ephron

Thank you to each and every one of them for taking on the job. I can't wait to hear what they have to say.

If you haven'...

KathyChung, Tuesday August 19, 2014 - 10:34am

Do you love the conference and want to give back to the writing community? Do you need volunteer hours for school or work? Do you want to boost your resumé with excellent volunteer experience?

Now is your chance to join this amazing team of volunteers. We offer a wide variety of roles before and during the conference and we can schedule you for any amount of time that you can give. Eight hours of volunteering in a day earns you the chance to see one workshop of your choice (scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis).   Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jared Hunt (
kcdyer, Wednesday August 13, 2014 - 9:15am

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It's raining here today -- a perfect chance to spend a bit of your day writing a story for our contest. Details are HERE, but really, it's as simple as putting pen to paper...and weaving magic.

$4600 to be won -- Join us.

This Day We Write!

[Questions? Email me at or]


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kcdyer, Thursday July 10, 2014 - 2:43pm

What are YOU doing today?

Right now I'm eating eggs in my underwear and writing a blog post.

[What? As if you don't write in your underwear now and then...]


But earlier today I was wandering through a museum in Reykjavik, learning about the Viking settlement sagas of this magical land. And there I learned the story of a Viking boy who was so ruthless he killed someone for looking at him the wrong way when he was EIGHT. He was the son of a smith, and was a good [if a bit hot-tempered] smith in his own right, but he had an inclination for trouble.

And for writing.

So after he grew up and was due to be put to death for yet another hot-headed indiscretion -- he wrote a poem...

KathyChung, Thursday July 3, 2014 - 1:52pm

By popular request, it's time once again for our annual room share blog. Hoping to find a hotel roommate to share expenses at this year's SiWC? This is the place for you!

Even if you're not sharing, this is your reminder to book soon using our group rate for best prices and in-room internet included. You can book your room here:

If you are looking for a room share, please feel free to use the comment section below to try to connect with a kindred spirit. We suggest you post whether you have a room booked or are looking to share costs with someone who does, what's important to you in a roommate (ie gender if you care, early-to-bed or early riser, etc.), and, of course, whether you've been told...