SiWC Blog

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!

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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...

kcdyer, Thursday June 19, 2014 - 1:19pm
Tags: Eileen Cook

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Long time friend of the conference, Board member and all-round Amazing Author Eileen Cook is the featured Amazon Kindle book of the day today. [Okay, so technically it's her book that is featured, but it SHOULD be Eileen!]

Eileen is one of our featured presenters at SiWC this fall, too, and will be offering a Master Class in editing on the Thursday before the conference begins. If you'd like to see what a fine job this talented writer does for yourself, why not buy her book today?

You can find Eileen's book, THE ALMOST TRUTH...

KathyChung, Monday June 2, 2014 - 4:57pm

Our 2014 master class and workshop schedule has now been posted. Check out our conference link above for details!

We're absolutey thrilled with the variety and depth of classes on offer this year, and are already trying to figure out how to be in several places at once so we can sit in on all the sessions we want to see. We hope you'll be similiarly torn! :)

Remember, registration opens this Wednesday, June 4, at noon.

KathyChung, Saturday May 17, 2014 - 12:35pm

Thanks to all who jumped in on our tweet-to-win bandwagon since yesterday evening. You've earned an early reveal for everyone. We were planning this for next week, but instead, thanks to your support, 


We are absolutely thrilled with this year's line-up, and we hope you will be, too. Check out our presenter page for details.

Remember, registration opens June 4. Plan to register early for best choice of appointment slots with this stellar group of people.

Happy exploring!

KathyChung, Friday May 16, 2014 - 5:38pm

We're considering a big reveal here next week, but we'll move it up to tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon with your help on Twitter. Follow us @siwctweets or tell your followers about the conference using our #siwc14 hashtag by noon tomorrow. If we get any combination of 15 new followers or #siwc14 comments, we'll reveal early. Happy tweeting!



kcdyer, Thursday May 8, 2014 - 4:30pm

Love the Surrey International Writers' Conference? Want to be part of our team? We are looking for a new Conference Assistant. Here's what you need to know:

Conference Assistant Position

Temporary part-time (July 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014)

 You will be responsible for completing the duties below, as assigned.

Hours are flexible with the exception of:

Week prior to Conference (October 13th -17th ,2014) – full time Monday through Monday of the Conference week (Oct 20st through Oct 27th, 2014) – full time plus. Following the Conference week approximately 20 hours for thank you cards and follow up


a total of $2,000.00 (to be paid in...
KathyChung, Wednesday May 7, 2014 - 11:45am

Hello, All!

Our first newsletter for 2014 is up and should be in your email inboxes. If you didn't receive it, you can find it and sign up to receive future ones here:


More soon!


kcdyer, Friday March 21, 2014 - 10:37am
Judge Anthony Dalton with 2013 Non-Fiction Contest Winner Tyner Gillies

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Happy Nowruz!

I do believe the ancient Persians were the ones who really got it right. New Year should be celebrated just as spring is upon us -- fresh and bright and filled with new hope.

To help inspire you to new words this spring, our annual writing contest is just about to open! April 1st is the day! This is our 22nd contest, and there are NO limits on your springtime creativity. Write to any topic you'd like -- we have four categories for you to enter your work: Storyteller's Award, Poetry, Non-Fiction and Writing For Young People. Full details can be found...