SiWC Blog

kcdyer, Friday July 12, 2013 - 12:21pm
  A message from our volunteer coordinator Christine Dalzell:   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).   Email for more information.            
kcdyer, Monday July 8, 2013 - 5:08pm
Tags: jobs, volunteer

SiWC is a BIG conference, and we couldn't run it without a whole lot of amazing people. Right now, we are looking to fill a couple of important positions. Interested? Get in touch!

External Job Posting: Volunteer position


Introduction Writer

Pre-conference work to be completed on or before September 15, 2013


A Conference Basic pass which includes all three days of workshops and morning keynotes.

Does NOT include any meals or evening/afternoon keynotes, or hotel stay. (Approximately a $430 value)

Job Summary:

To research all presenters and write an interesting and applicable...
KathyChung, Wednesday June 5, 2013 - 2:45pm

The early rush has begun!

SiWC 2013 registration is now open. You can register at

Register early for best selection of appointments and master classes. Some of these fill up very quickly!

More soon!

KathyChung, Saturday June 1, 2013 - 1:31pm

Happy Saturday!

Just four more days until registration opens for SiWC 2013! If you're chatting about it on Twitter, we're using #siwc13 this year for conference tweets. And, as always, our ongoing writing conversation is still #thisdaywewrite.

We are delighted to announce that our workshop information is up on the website. Check out all the options here: 

As always, we'll add details as they come in, but almost every workshop is there now. Click on a workshop name for more details. Happy perusing!

More soon...

KathyChung, Wednesday May 29, 2013 - 7:12pm

With registration opening in just a week, we are delighted to be able to share this year's master classes!

We have six great offering this year, including one for beginning writers, and we think you'll find there's something for everyone. Whether you want to spend three hours conquering the dreaded synopsis, building your own website, or taking your fiction to the next level, we have the class for you.

Check out the options here:

More soon!

KathyChung, Thursday May 9, 2013 - 11:15am

Have you received our latest newsletter? We send out six to eight of them a year and they're a great way to keep up on SiWC news. If you're not a subscriber, and would like to be, you can read the newsletters and sign up for fuure ones here: We won't give away your information or spam you, we promise! Check it out!

kcdyer, Wednesday May 8, 2013 - 5:48pm

Is this springtime weather leaving you feeling poetic? Why not enter the Surrey Libraries Poetry Competition? Up to $250 prize offered for a commemoration of Surrey's past and future, in celebration of the opening of the new City Hall and Civic Plaza. Contest closes May 31, and is limited to poets 19 and up. Find out more at

Happy writing!



sweetly tweeting @kcdyer

kcdyer, Thursday April 25, 2013 - 1:30pm
Tags: volunteers

SiWC Director [and volunteer coordinator] Christine Dalzell has contributed the following post to pass on a word of thanks to all of our marvellous volunteers.

April 21 to 27 is National Volunteer Week, a time to recognize and celebrate the incredible efforts of Volunteers across Canada. SiWC is almost entirely run by volunteers and we, the organizing Board along with our Conference Coordinator, Administrative Coordinator and Webmaster, want to send a shout out to the over 70 dedicated volunteers who make our conference possible. Some of our volunteers have been with us since the early days of the conference and each year new, enthusiastic volunteers enter our roster. Volunteers are scheduled for as much time as they wish and, for some, that amounts to 12 hour days...

KathyChung, Thursday April 18, 2013 - 3:01pm
Tags: website, siwc13

Welcome to our brand new website! Here you'll find all the information you're used to finding at, including our blog, past newsletters, writing contest info, and more. We'll be adding SiWC 2013 information over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back often! Enjoy! More soon...

kcdyer, Sunday March 17, 2013 - 8:36pm

...sharpen your pencils!

The 2013 SiWC Writing Contest is almost upon us!

Opening day is -- no foolin'! -- April 1, 2013.

This contest is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, show us what you've been up to and make a PILE of money while doing it. First prize in each category is $1000 and publication in our anthology, with honourable mention prizes of $150 each. You can learn all the details on our Writing Contest page. All proceeds from the contest go toward funding the 2013 Surrey International Writers' Conference, so enter as often as you like!

This year's deadline is Friday, September 13, 2013. Yep, you read that right -- we are opening the contest on April Fool's...