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Two Weeks Until SiWC 2014!, October 8, 2014
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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Kathy Chung Hello, All!

SiWC 2014 runs October 24-26 with master classes on October 23. That’s just two weeks away!

Upholding tradition, Chapters at Strawberry Hill (72nd and 120th in Surrey) will be hosting a fundraising gala event for SiWC on Thursday, October 23 from 7-9 pm. Check it out! In attendance will be Diana Gabaldon, Roberta Rich, Chevy Stevens, Michael Slade, and Jack Whyte. If you’re not doing an evening master class, check it out! It’s always a lot of fun.

Here at SiWC Central, we’re pretty excited about our 22nd annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference. 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:

Joelle Anthony
Lucas Aykroyd
Andrew Balek
Dan Bar-el
Pam Binder
Elizabeth Boyle
Laura Bradbury
Laura Bradford
Larry Brooks
Susan Brower
Kevin Chong
Eileen Cook
David Corbett
Sean Cranbury
Anita Daher
Amber Dawn
Danika Dinsmore
Cory Doctorow
kc dyer
Hallie Ephron
Mercedes Fernandez
Carolyn Forde
Kim Foster
Susan Fox
Diana Gabaldon
Mandy Hubbard
Rachel Letofsky
Susanna Kearsley
Mary Robinette Kowal
Don Maass
Andrea MacPherson
Taylor Martindale
Emily Ohanjanians
Liza Palmer
Anne Perry
Abby Ranger
Roberta Rich
Lisa Rodgers
Kris Rothstein
Peter Rubie
Michael Slade
Robin Spano
Chevy Stevens
Nephele Tempest
Sandra Vander Schaaf
Pam Van Hylckama Vlieg
Katherena Vermette
Gordon Warnock
Sarah Wendell
Chuck Wendig
Jack Whyte
Robert Wiersema
Michelle Wolfson

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: 71 workshops and panels, 6 pre-conference master classes, 6 keynote speeches, pitch and blue pencil appointments, trade show, book signing event, on-site bookstore, banquet meals, night owl events, 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!

Have you registered yet? Here are the important dates to note: pre-conference registration will close at 10:00pm Pacific time on Sunday, October 19. Registration will re-open at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on Thursday, October 23 at 8:30 am. On-site rates will apply. You can check out all the details at

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 to make arrangements before October 19. 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 on site on Thursday, October 23, beginning at 8:30am.

All the information about registration, the workshop schedule, presenter bios, the conference hotel and more is on our site at

Wondering what SiWC is like if you haven’t been before? Check out attendee Ev Bishop’s guest post on our blog:

Diana Gabaldon and Hallie Ephron have posted recently on Facebook about SiWC, if you’re interested in seeing what they have to say. You can check out their posts on our page at

And, as always, we’re here for your questions. You can contact me at

Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!

~ Kathy
Kathy Chung
SiWC Conference Coordinator

The Surrey International Writers' Conference, held every October in British Columbia, is the most comprehensive conference of its kind in Canada. SiWC offers writers in all genres -- from beginners to experts -- the opportunity both to hone their craft and to expose their work to the international literary marketplace. For more information please visit