SiWC Blog

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...

KathyChung, Thursday September 5, 2013 - 11:17am
Tags: siwc13, contest

In yesterday's newsletter, I offered a book prize to the person who could decipher our hints and come up with our theme for the year. Thanks for making it lots of fun for me, with a tremendous number of guesses coming in fast and furious, and no one wanting to admit defeat.

I'm delighted to award the theme-guessing book prize to Shari Green, who came up with not only the right answer, but a bunch of very creative alternatives, too. Thanks also to several others for your guesses. Loved seeing what you came up with. Unsurprisingly, attempting to distract writers by using an opposite that refers to printed text for the clue worked brilliantly, and the most common wrong guesses were about words and books and paper. Others were actually terrific, original ideas we should look at for...

KathyChung, Thursday September 5, 2013 - 10:57am
Tags: siwc13, theme

Still no winner in our theme contest! Lots of most excellent guesses, but no one's come very close yet. Keep trying!

If you're following along, trying to figure out what our theme might be for this year, hint #1 is in our newletter. Hint #2 is on our Twitter feed. Hint #3 is this: the first hint was meant to make you think of opposites. (And possibly it was also designed to lead you down the garden path into things to do with words, too, since the opportunity was there for distraction from the right answer by choosing those particular opposites for the hint. *g*)

More soon...


kcdyer, Sunday September 1, 2013 - 11:11am

Got this in our email over the summer:

Congratulations, Tamiko! We're thrilled for you, too!

I just wanted to thank you for helping me find an agent. I met Kris Rothstein from Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency during a pitch session - and then they signed me on. :) Thanks so much, Tamiko

And the Swayze Agency will be back at #SiWC13 this year, along with a ton of other agents and publshers. Want to check them out? Look HERE for agents and HERE for editors! And then come join us for our best year ever!



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kcdyer, Saturday August 31, 2013 - 3:37pm

With back-to-school just around the corner, here's a post written by our own Yilin Wang, featuring the youngest of our tribe. Yilin herself is a young writer, and we thank her for sharing her thoughts here, and wish her well as she embarks on a year of adventure at the University of Edinburgh! You can read more of her work at her blog site HERE.

SiWC Young Writers Day

On Friday October 19, 2012, over 50 young writers from Surrey and the rest of Metro Vancouver attended the Surrey International Writer’s Conference.

“I wanted to come because I enjoy writing,” Lauren, a young writer, responded when asked what brought her to SIWC. Other youths echoed her words. Some decided to attend the...