Meet the Presenters 2010 - Tim Wynne-Jones

 The time has come! I can finally tell you about some of our 2010 presenters. Watch this space. I'll be introducing them in blog posts periodically over the coming days and weeks.

I am thrilled with our line-up for this year. Come October, we'll roll out the red carpet for old friends and new from all over North America and the UK.

Let's get started! First up, a man who probably always came last - or close to it - in the attendance roll call at school, so we'll switch things up and put him first on our presenter roll call.

Meet Tim Wynne-Jones. Tim has written thirty-one books. He has twice won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature for Some of the Kinder Planets, and The Maestro. His work has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Danish, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish and Catalan. He was the first Canadian to win The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for “Planets,” and also received a Horn Honor Book for Rex Zero and the End of the World. His novel, The Boy in the Burning House, won the Edgar Award of the Mystery Writers of America, the Arthur Ellis Award of the Crime Writers of Canada, and was short-listed for the Guardian Award in Great Britain. The Maestro, retitled The Survival Game in the UK, was short-listed for the Guardian Prize, as well. His new novel, Rex Zero, The Great Pretender, is the third in his Rex Zero series and was launched at The Canadian Cold War Museum in the fall of 2009, to open a new permanent exhibition called Rex Zero Head-Quarters, representing a child’s-eye view of the cold war. His spring 2009 thriller, The Uninvited, was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award and chosen as a Publisher’s Weekly Best Books for Kids title.  

You can find out more about Tim at his website

Welcome, Tim!



Congratulations, SiWC, Tim Wynne-Jones is an all-around gem. His adventurous cat character Zoom is still high on my list of gift-giving options for little people in my life. Not to forget The Maestro or Rosie Backstage. All I've read confirms his master status as a storyteller.

Hope this announcement is the first of a long list of Canadian presenters. My greatest disappointment with the 2009 conference was the dominance of rather "tired" American keynotes and presenters.
I do realize the market issues and, of course, expect to see lots of Americans, but the Canadians at the 2009 conference seemed to be sidelined and token.

All the best in the planning for 2010.


Thanks, Angela, for your enthusiasm. We're thrilled Tim will be joining us.

Elana, I'm sorry you missed the incredible Canadian representation at last year's conference; we actually had a particularly large number of Canadian writers on the roster. But with so many great workshops to choose from, I know I often completely missed seeing certain presenters in the years I came as an attendee.

Our main goal at the SiWC is always to bring in great teachers, no matter where they happen to be from. I hope you'll enjoy the 2010 line up.

Kathy Chung SiWC Conference Coordinator @siwctweets kathychung at

Attended for the first time last year... I'm still applying and using everything I learned. And now, look at this line up you have going already, topping the list with Tim Wynne Jones?! Arthur Slade(!), Donald Mass. I am so there again. Feel like counting my sleeps already. Thank you!

So glad to know you had a great experience and that you'll be back! See you in October. :)

Kathy Chung
SiWC Conference Coordinator
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