Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter
From conference coordinator Kathy:
Two Weeks Until SiWC 2015!
SiWC15 runs October 23-25 with master classes on October 22. That’s just two weeks away!
If you haven't registered yet, please note this important date: pre-conference registration will close at 5:00pm Pacific time on Friday, October 16. Thanks to record registration numbers this year, a sell-out by the 16th is a definite possibility, so if you’re planning to come, we definitely recommend registering soon. If we have space remaining, registration will re-open at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 22, at 8:30 am. On-site rates will apply. You can check out all the details at www.siwc.ca/registration.
Chapters at Strawberry Hill (72nd and 120th in Surrey) will once again be hosting a fundraising gala event for SiWC on Thursday, October 22, from 7-9 pm. Check it out! In attendance will be Terry Fallis, Jasper Fforde, Megan Hart, Anne Perry, Michael Slade, and Jack Whyte. If you’re not doing an evening master class, head on over to Chapters! It’s always a lot of fun, and a percentage of all books sold that night helps support the conference. For those of you who either love the gala or have always been planning to go, make this your year. We are terribly sad to report that, in the new year, the Strawberry Hill Chapters store will be closing. While we’re hopeful the gala will continue with our new bookstore partner, this will be the last time it’ll happen with the wonderful people at the Strawberry Hill store. This event is open to everyone, not just conference attendees, so spread the word!
Have you seen our presenter list for this year? We hope you’ll find it as amazing as we do. Bios are all on our site, but here’s the list for your reference:
Q Lindsey Barrett
Chris (CC) Humphreys
Mary Robinette Kowal
David Paul Williams
We have something for everyone, whether your focus is fiction of any sort, non-fiction, freelancing, social media, poetry, pitching your work, or simply absorbing as much information about all areas of writing and the writing business as you can over three days: 75 workshops and panels, 6 pre-conference master classes, 6 keynote speeches, unconference sessions, pitch and blue pencil appointments, open mic opportunities, trade show, book signing event, on-site bookstore, banquet meals, night owl events, quiet writing spaces, socializing, a hotel full of like-minded people who all understand this sometimes strange writing life, and more. We’re so looking forward to sharing all of it with you!
Already registered? Keep an eye out for our pre-conference email, coming soon!
Want to add a master class to your registration or upgrade your registration package? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements before October 16. There is currently space in all classes except Jack Whyte’s sold out Manuscript Critique class. If you miss the cut off, you can register for master classes on site on Thursday, October 22, beginning at 8:30am.
All the information about registration, the workshop schedule, presenter bios, the conference hotel and more is on our site at www.siwc.ca.
Vicki Pettersson recently posted about SiWC on her blog. For her take, check out http://www.vickipettersson.com/last-appearance-of-the-year-oct-23-25/
And, as always, we’re here for your questions. You can contact me at email@example.com.
Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!