Thank you

SiWC is over for another year. Here at SiWC Central, we're still deep in the midst of the post-conference information-overload hangover, not quite able to put together coherent sentences with any confidence. So with apologies for my own inability to think clearly, I simply want to say thank you.

Thank you to our presenters, for inspiring us and teaching us and talking with us, for being such great sports, for getting us and diving right in. We couldn't do it without you.

Thank you to our attendees, for coming and sharing your writing and your energy, for being excited and interested and open to new ideas, for embracing all SiWC has to offer and supporting our conference, and for honouring your own writing by giving yourself the time to come and focus on your craft.

Thank you to our volunteers, for all your hard work. Our conference runs on volunteer power, from the board to the person who checks your name tag at the door. We appreciate you for all you do.

Thank you to our very small staff. You do the work of several people, and it doesn't go unnoticed.

Next year, our 20th anniversary conference runs October 19-21, with master classes on the 18th. We hope you'll join us! We'll be back soon here on the blog, but in the meantime, thank you again!



And might I add, thank YOU Kathy Chung, for all your hard work. You are grace under pressure.

As everyone was checking out and leaving on Sunday, I couldn't help but notice all the smiles and hugs being shared and the "see you next year" comments. Those are truly signs of a successful conference. Well done SIWC.

I wanted to say thank you. I had a wonderful time and thank you for all that you did! I hope to see everyone next year.

I just want to send congratulations and thanks too for an amazing conference! I look forward to SIWC every year and have gained greatly from it in my knowledge, my writing, and my writer relationships. Kudos to THE CREW that makes it all happen! You change lives...!

Well done, SIWC!

In researching writer's conferences to attend, I was struck by how people rave about SIWC and come back year after year after year. Now I understand why. A big thank you and congratulations to the SIWC gang for a very successful and enjoyable event!


A huge thank you to you Kathy and all the people responsible for putting on such an impressive event.

What an amazing group of people that come together to present and attend... I am still in awe!

It was a life altering event for me...

Kathy, this conference would not be what it is without you! I really think this was our best year yet and I honestly believe next year will be even better!
Heartfelt thanks to all of you-volunteers, presenters and attendees alike-- it is your generous attitudes that keep me coming back to volunteer year after year. I love the feel of SiWC and the reciprocity that abounds in each and every nook and cranny. Thank you for filling my heart again!

A hearty Thank You to everyone who has anything to do with SIWC. It is_the best_conference. I hope to make this my annual Mom Getaway.

It was a wonderful conference, and I'll add my voice to the chorus of thanks to the board, the volunteers, the presenters, the hotel, and everyone. Thank you!

I don't know why my brain freezes up when I fill out evaluations, but it does, and I could not think of the person I thought might be a good addition to next year's presenters. But I've remembered it now! I think Sarah Wendell, of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, and author of a couple of non-fic books about romance novels (including one that just came out this year) might make a good presenter. She goes to RWA cons and Romance Times, and is going to the East Coast Writers' Conference this weekend, so she may not be able to fit it in, but I sure would love to see her there.


It was a fabulous conference. I was inspired from the first Master Class to the last workshop and everything in between. It was a roller coaster of confidence and fear, "I can, I can't, I can."

A big thank you to the volunteers and the usual suspects. A job well done! See you next year.

This was my testing the water year: first writers conference, first professional writing workshops attended, first pitch, first Blue Pencil. Pretty sad for an old guy like me, but I wanted to tell you, nothing could have inspired me more to continue writing! This year I attended two master classes and only one day of the workshops, but next year, the whole thing, baby!
You guys put on a very professional, well organized event, and everyone I met or had dealings with were stellar in their client support.
I never knew we had such a gem in our own backyard.
Kudos to the organizers, the board, and the city of Surrey for holding this every year.
Being the 20th anniversary next year, I can only imagine how much fun it will be. I will be there and hopefully will be bringing another aspiring writer.
Great work!