Conference

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The Surrey International Writers' Conference is a workshop-based conference designed to make you a better writer and help you get published. If you're already published, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about markets and network for future sales. It runs 3 days every October. Friday and Saturday are full days, and Sunday events wrap-up in the early afternoon.

Pre-Conference Master Classes are held the day before the main conference opens, the Thursday of the conference week. Master Classes are presented as an advanced study option and if you choose to, you can sign up for them as an add-on when you register for the conference.

The conference and all of its events are held at:

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford, Surrey, BC

The Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel 
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
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As a conference attendee you get the following:

Workshops A workshop could be a lecture style presentation, hands-on instuctional session, or panel discussion. They are 90 minutes long, (75 on Sunday). You will have up to nine choices within each time slot.  All workshops are led by industry professionals. If a workshop doesn't meet your needs, feel free to try another!
Pitch Session Your registration includes an appointment to pitch your work to an editor or agent. Full details on our Pitch Session page.
Blue Pencil Cafe Session Your registration includes an appointment to have your work reviewed by an industry professional. Full details on our Blue Pencil Cafe page.
Trade Show Showcases a large selection of books, writing organizations, gift items and small press magazines. Full details on our Trade Show page.
Book Fair On Saturday evening almost all of the conference presenters and other local authors are available to sign books. Our on-site bookseller has a wide selection of presenters' books along with other recommended titiles. Full details on our Book Fair page.
Banquets Friday and Saturday evenings feature banquets for Full Conference Package Attendees. [Some individual banquet tickets are available. Check with the Registration Desk for availibility]. Friday night is our 'dress-up' night for themed costumes, and Saturday night is the night for more formal attire, if you choose.
Keynote Speeches At the opening and closing of each day, one of our presenters gives an inspirational keynote speech to add fire to your writing.
After Hours Events After the workshops and evening meals are done, there are evening "Night Owl" events for attendees who aren't ready to quit having fun yet.
Silly Writing Contest Every year we run a little contest just for fun. Check your registration package for more details.

Check out our Stay Informed page for ways of keeping up-to-date on the SiWC throughout the year.