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Counting Down to SiWC15!, September 1, 2015
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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Kathy Chung

Hello all!

What an amazing summer we’ve had. We hope yours has been wonderful, too.

There are just seven weeks to go until this year’s SiWC, running October 23-25 with master classes on the 22nd. As usual, all conference events take place at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC.

We have two important dates for you to note:

  1. Our early bird rates run until Saturday, September 5, so if you haven’t yet registered, doing so before then will save you money. If you’re coming from the States, the UK, or Europe, now is an especially good time for you to save even more, with the current currency exchange rates working in your favour on top of the early bird savings. All our posted rates are in Canadian dollars.
  2. Friday, September 18 is the deadline for writing contest entries. With $1000 first prize, it’s well worth entering. Please pass along our contest information to any writers you know, even if they can’t make it to the conference. You DO NOT have to attend SiWC to enter. Our writing contest is open to adults anywhere. Have a question? Email

There are still rooms available at the hotel, but it is getting very booked up, so don’t leave it too long. Our group rate gives you the best available rates and included in-room internet, and is available until Sept 21st or until the hotel sells out, so make sure you ask for it when you book your room. Or book online from our custom hotel page here:

If you'd like to share with a roommate to save some money, check out our room share blog here: Closer to the conference, we’ll post a similar one for ride shares, too.

As a reminder, this year’s theme is Mad Men, and our costume banquet is Friday. If you’re a full conference attendee, this dinner is included in your registration. Don’t worry if you’re not a costume person. Dress at dinner will range from the day’s conference wear to a little dressier to full costumes; come as you like. But if you would like to join in, we’d love to see what you come up with, whether it’s something that would fit the look of the Mad Men TV show or you have a completely different interpretation of the theme. It’s up to you, and we can’t wait to see the results.

Wishing you’d registered for a master class or gone for the full package instead of the basic? We are happy to do registration upgrades at any time, as long as we still have space. Email to arrange upgrades. Currently, there is still space in all but one of our master classes. These pre-conference classes are three hours long, with time to dig deep into the topics covered. Check them out here:

Know a writer 18 or under who might like to give the conference a try? Once again this year, we’re offering our Young Writer’s Day on the Friday of the conference, with a special rate for our young writers. This year, for the first time ever, we’re able to include our Friday banquet lunch in the Young Writer’s package, a change about which we’re very excited. Check out our registration page for details and to register.

Not sure if a writing conference is right for you? Attendees at SiWC range from brand new writers to multi-published bestsellers (with people at every level in between), all looking to improve their craft with a few days of excellent professional development, and, of course, to fill the well by interacting with a hotel full of like-minded people who understand the need to write. If you’re a writer interested in being a better one and in being inspired to put words on paper, this is the place for you.

If you’re a beginning writer and not sure whether you should come, please know you are more than welcome at SiWC, and we think you’ll find our attendees and presenters friendly and easy to talk to. Once again this year, kc dyer is offering a pre-conference class exclusively for beginning writers and first-time conference-goers, held on our master class day, Thursday, October 22. In this session, she’ll make sure you have all the basics of writing industry jargon and lots more so you’ll feel even more at home during the regular conference workshops.

We have ad opportunities  in our conference brochure for you to advertise your book, editing service, or day-job business, starting at just $15 for classifieds and $75 for larger ads, that will reach an audience of up to 1000 writers, readers, editors, agents, and more. Email our promotions coordinator kc dyer at for details.

Are you on Twitter? We’re using #SiWC15 (note we’ve left off the “20” in the year to give you two extra characters to work with) for this year’s conference-related tweets, and #thisdaywewrite is a great place to talk writing. Join in anytime!

Come see us before SiWC. We’ll have a table as usual at this year’s WORD Vancouver event at the downtown library on Sunday, September 27. If you're there, come by and say hi!

As always, we’re here to answer your questions. You can reach us through the contact form at or can reach me directly by email at

See you in a few weeks!

~ Kathy
Kathy Chung
SiWC Conference Coordinator