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 email@example.com as soon as possible, and we'll put you on the list.
Do it! I'd love to come chat with your class or...
91222 SPL Vert Logo 3colour.jpg 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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll find a special spot just for you!
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...
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,...
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...
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: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/booking/reservation?id=1303219054&key=C8CF8
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...
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...
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...
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*)