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SiWC15 Summer News, July 14, 2015
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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Kathy Chung


It’s the middle of July already, and here at SiWC Central, we’ve taken to hauling our computers out onto the patio where the weather is beautiful and whatever needs to be done feels a lot less like work. We hope you’re enjoying a lovely summer, too, and are already counting the days to #SiWC15. In case you’ve forgotten to mark it on your calendar, we run October 23-25 this year, with master classes on the 22nd.

Last newsletter, we promised you a brand new feature at this year’s conference: the SiWC Unconference. We’re now open to submissions from attendees interested in sharing their expertise on a wide variety of topics. Check out the details here and get those submissions in to help make our first unconference a roaring success.

Our guess-the-theme contest ended with a spot-on guess from SiWC regular Shari Green. This year’s costume night theme will be Mad Men. Our Friday night banquet is a chance for those who enjoy costumes to get creative and dress up. We are totally open to your interpretation of the theme, whether it’s an outfit appropriate to the TV show of the same name or something completely, utterly different. (No worries if you’re not a costume person. Dress at dinner will range from conference casual to full-on costumes, and just about anything in between. Our only rule is that you must come dressed.)

For those looking to share expenses by finding a hotel roomie for the conference, our annual room share blog is up. Our annual ride share blog will be posted in September.

Have you registered yet? We’ve been absolutely thrilled with this year’s response, which has broken every registration record we have on file. SO exciting! Early bird pricing is now in effect, and there is still a good selection of appointments available, so now’s a great time to register. Sign up here.

If you’ve already registered for the conference, but need to upgrade your registration or want to add a master class, please contact our conference administrator Jen at

You, our wonderful newsletter readers, are the very first people to know the identities of this year’s SiWC keynote speakers! They are, in alphabetical order (we’ll post who’s when soon!), Terry Fallis, Jasper Fforde, Megan Hart, Beverly Jenkins, Chip MacGregor, and Vicki Pettersson. We can't wait to sit in the ballroom with all of you and listen to each and every one of those amazing people tell us their story. Remember that you need to register for the full conference to be able to attend the evening keynotes.

Lastly for this time, it’s not too late to buy ad space in this year’s conference brochure, seen by hundreds of attendees, volunteers, staff, sponsors, and people in the community. Ads range from inexpensive classifieds to full-page colour. For rates and availability, email our brochure coordinator, kc dyer, at

More soon…

~ Kathy
Kathy Chung
SiWC Conference Coordinator