SiWC Blog

KathyChung, Tuesday October 8, 2013 - 8:34pm

With justover two weeks until SiWC13, it's time for our annual ride share blog!

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.

It's helpful to say whether you are looking to share a cab, be a carpool driver or be a carpool passenger as well as where you'll be coming from (airport, ferry, area of town) and what day(s) and approximate time. Please be smart about your safety. Don't post your address or flight number or other specifics here publicly. We provide this comment trail for your convenience by popular request, but we don't...

kcdyer, Sunday October 6, 2013 - 7:31pm
Tags: #SiWC13, photos

Coming to the conference this year? Have we got a deal for you!

Tara Dewerson of Purple Butterfly Photography is going to be on site at the hotel all weekend for the express purpose of taking author photos. If you need a new headshot,  or even if you've never had one taken before, here's your chance.

Tara is offering the very special price of $40 for three digital images, or $30 for two, just for conference attendees. [Presenters can take advantage, too!]

And a portion of the price goes to support SiWC. A great deal all around!

You'll find Tara set up at our Trade Show in the Tynehead Foyer on the second floor -- when you see her, don't forget to say 'Cheese'!



kcdyer, Wednesday October 2, 2013 - 9:41am

Yep -- that's me in my Superhero incarnation. [Super kc -- high kicks a specialty!]

For the next couple of weeks I'll be hitting the road in and around the Lower Mainland, visiting writers in their native habitats to talk about the conference. The visits are like lightning strikes -- I zip in, flash my neon tights and encyclopedic knowledge of all things SiWC -- and zip away, scattering flyers and bookmarks in my wake. If you'd like to see this in action or have writer-friends who would, please contact Conference Assistant Jean Kay at as soon as possible, and we'll put you on the list. 

Do it! I'd love to come chat with your class or book club or writer group...and the clock is ticking. Can you believe the conference is just three weeks away? Hope to see...

kcdyer, Friday September 20, 2013 - 3:35pm
Tags: SPL, authors

A couple of upcoming author visits at the Surrey Public Library, Guildford branch.

Come out and meet these tale-weavers! For more information, check the website

First up, a special author event:

Authors Among Us at Guildford Library.  [This is a new, free, events series focusing on local authors.] 

Session 1: “Criminally Creative: different ways to write thrills and chills.”

Wed. October 2, 2013. 7 - 8:30 pm

Join our panellists to learn how each writer interprets mystery. Discover why each author uses elements of mystery, how they...

kcdyer, Thursday September 19, 2013 - 3:53pm
Tags: brochure, siwc13

Just getting ready to wrap up the copy on our wonderful new brochure this year. There is space for just a few more ads, so if you'd like to have your information delivered into every attendee and presenter package at the conference next month, get in touch!

You can email me at and we'll find a special spot just for you!



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KathyChung, Wednesday September 18, 2013 - 2:30pm
Tags: siwc13


This is a busy time here at SiWC Central. We're finalizing our program and getting all the details sorted out so we can bring you the best possible conference next month.

For those of you who peek in reguarly, a few important new items to note:

We're delighted to introduce another new presenter to our roster. Check out our presenter page for details on Pam Binder. Welcome, Pam!

Have you checked out our master classes? We've added Seth Jaret's excellent intensive on the new Hollywood, and there's still space in all but Jack Whyte's fully-booked class. If you'd like to add a master class to your existing registration, give us a call!

Also new for this year is our SiWC Success Story panel. We figured it was about time all of you met some of the...

kcdyer, Thursday September 12, 2013 - 2:57pm

Every year, SiWC offers awards to deserving writers. Do you know someone who merits one of these? Nominate them today!

The Special Achievement Award honours writers who have made a significant achievement in their writing careers during the past year.


Find the Nomination Criteria here!

The Griffin Award recognizes those who have made a contribution to Canadian society through the craft of writing.

Find the Nomination Criteria here!

Nomination deadline for both awards is: Friday, September 27, 2013.


Help us choose a deserving candidate!

kcdyer, Tuesday September 10, 2013 - 10:07pm
Tags: volunteers

From our volunteer coordinator Christine Dalzell:


Good news! We still have spaces available on our volunteer roster for this year’s conference. Whether you like to welcome attendees and presenters with a smile as they arrive at the hotel, get giddy with excitement along with people making their first pitch to an agent, or prefer to stay quietly behind the scenes setting up workshops and banquets, we have a job for you!

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator soon to reserve your place on this year’s SiWC volunteer team!

KathyChung, Tuesday September 10, 2013 - 1:34pm

It's time again for our annual room-share blog. This is the place for you to find roommates to share your hotel room at this year's conference.

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. The room rate will be available for about another week, so don't delay!

You'll find hotel booking information here:

If you're hoping to find someone to share your room expenses with, please feel free to use the comment section below to try to connect with a kindred spirit. We suggest you post...

kcdyer, Friday September 6, 2013 - 8:50pm

Oooo -- can you feel that little fall zing in the air? For me, it means SiWC time is almost rolling around! Contest entries and registrations are rolling in. Have you sent yours? Follow the links, if not -- we really want to see you again this year, and to share a contest prize with you in front of hundreds of your writing peers is always a HUGE highlight!

This year, as a part of our on-going commitment to keep our conference as green as is possible for writers, we are gathering most of our registration packet inserts into a single brochure, and this means an opportunity for you! We are selling ad space -- while it is still available -- in the brochure. Prices range from $50 and up...