SiWC Blog

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...

KathyChung, Thursday February 13, 2014 - 1:35pm
Tags: siwc 2014


Here at SiWC Central, we're hard at work putting together a really exciting line up of presenters for SiWC 2014, coming up October 24-26, 2014, with master classes on the 23rd. 

For now, we've taken down last year's information about presenters and workshops to give us a clean slate for this year. Stay tuned here in the coming weeks for 2014 information to start appearing, beginning with registration information and the 2014 hotel booking link, then presenters and workshop information as soon after that as we can.

In the meantime, if you're on Twitter, you can join in the ongoing writing conversation (mostly cheerleading and mutual support) using the hashtag #thisdaywewrite. We tweet as @siwctweets, and this year's conference hashtag is #siwc14. 


kcdyer, Friday December 13, 2013 - 10:36pm

Our panel of judges has conferred... and the results are in!

[drumroll, please....!]

The #SiWC13 Digital Photo Contest winners include:

In third place, NEVERMORE, shot by Carol Garvin.

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In second place, AN EPIC BATTLE, by Ginny Jacques:

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And the winner, by popular demand is 'SUPER CAROL', once again by Carol Garvin.

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Congratulations to our winners Carol and Ginny! Please contact me at so we can organize getting your prizes off to you.

Thanks to everyone who submitted...

kcdyer, Tuesday December 3, 2013 - 5:36am

castle from Arthurs Seat.jpg Hello from the ancient sandstone streets of Edinburgh! Here's a shot of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town taken from the top of Arthur's Seat to make you feel right at home.

Our photo contest from this year's conference is now officially closed. [It closed on December 1, actually, but due to aforementioned Scottish jaunt, my access to wifi has been somewhat hampered...]

Thanks to all of the wonderful attendees who submitted their shots to the contest! It's been great to revisit all the fun and excitement of the conference this year. We will be announcing the winners of the contest and displaying the results on Friday, December 13, 2013. So watch this space and before you...

KathyChung, Monday December 2, 2013 - 12:59pm


From our friends at the Surrey Public library, an event this Wednesday night, December 4. Check it out!

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kcdyer, Wednesday November 20, 2013 - 6:32pm

IMGP3211.jpg So, how is your post-conference recovery going? Are you assuaging your SiWC-related longings by participating in NaNoWriMo? Or are you bearing down on your latest ms by using the Famous Yahtzee Method?

Either way -- I wish you happy writing!

But if, instead, you find yourself flipping sadly through pictures on your camera phone, harking back to the halcyon days of #SiWC13, stop right now! Type '' into your email and forward your favourite shots to us for our contest! Open only to attendees of the conference this year [naturally, since if you didn't come, it's unlikely you...

KathyChung, Thursday November 14, 2013 - 3:31pm

Hello, All!

Have you recovered from #siwc13 yet? Are you already looking forward to next year? We've heard of a few people who're already counting the days. :)

But first, before we leave this year behind, we'd love your help archiving all things SiWC 2013. Did you blog about the conference? Take pictures you'd be willing to share? If you'd like to send them, we'd love to see them! Send us links to your blog posts and email us your pictures (kathychung at siwc dot ca). Please specificy if we can link to your post or use your photos on our website (credited, of course) or if they're for our eyes only.

And if you get your photos in by December 1, you'll be entered in our SiWC photo contest. And yes, there is a fabulous prize to be won!

Thanks for sharing....