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The SiWC newsletter is the perfect way to stay informed of conference news with periodic updates. As the conference approaches our conference coordinator sends out email newsletters with the latest news and announcements. It comes out five to eights times times per year, depending on what's happening.

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#SiWC15 Registration Opens Soon!, May 29, 2015
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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Kathy ChungHello!

SiWC registration time is almost here! Online registration for #SiWC15 opens

Wednesday, June 3, at noon PDT!

Once the clock strikes twelve, the link to our secure online registration site will appear on our registration page.

In June only, you’ll get an unbeatable deal: early bird rates from 2013. This is our way of showing you our appreciation for being part of the early registration rush. Thank you!

Pitch and blue pencil appointments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and some presenters’ slots fill up fast. The earlier you register, the better selection of appointments you’ll have available to you.

If you’re interested in Jack Whyte’s Manuscript Critique class, note that it is limited to just 12 participants and typically sells out in the first week of registration. All other master classes are limited by the number of seats in the rooms in which they are scheduled.

Once you’ve registered for the conference, don’t forget to book your hotel room. It’s a huge help to the conference and the hotel for you to use our SiWC group rate, as it lets us know how many people are filling up the hotel for the conference and helps keep our rates low. And you’ll get a great rate and in-room internet included, too! You can book by phone or online.

Our presenter list, master classes, and most of our workshop details are now up on our website at Check it out! We’ll add additional information as we get it, but there’s already a lot there. We hope you’ll be as excited as we are by what we have planned!

NEW STUFF: In my last newsletter, I promised you some new and exciting stuff at #SiWC15.

As you already know, we’ve gone from three to four workshop sessions on the Friday and the Saturday. With this change, each full conference attendee will get 25% more content than in past years, even though our prices are the same this year as last.

In addition, in some time slots, we’ll be offering a quiet place to write, something often requested on our attendee evaluation forms, and in others, we’ll have open mic events.

And, for the first time ever, this year we’ll be running the SiWC Unconference, a chance for attendees to share their wisdom and expertise with us. Stay tuned to our blog in June for a call for submissions for and questions about this exciting new facet to SiWC.

Interested in advertising your book or business in our conference brochure? Here’s a note from our brochure wizard: Hey everyone! kc dyer here. Summertime is not even here yet, but we have already begun to put your conference brochure together. It's going to be bigger and better than ever, and chock full of exciting information. Everyone who attends, presents or volunteers at #SiWC15 gets a copy, plus all our advertisers. If you'd like to join them in supporting the conference by running an ad, we'd love to have you! Please contact me at and I will forward you our price and spec sheet by return email. Prices start as low as $15 for a classified ad. Advertise your work, your product or your new book to an audience of writers, agents, editors and publishers. Help us put the best ever conference on again this year by being a part of our brochure!  

Wondering about this year’s theme for costume night? We’ll be open to guesses as soon as this newsletter hits your inbox, and if you’re the first person to email me with the correct theme before I reveal it, there’ll be a book prize for you to pick up at the conference. You can find a big hint on one of our schedule pages on the website. Happy hunting!

As always, in addition to these newsletters, you can keep in touch with conference news on our website and blog at and by following our Twitter feed @siwctweets and our Facebook page.

Looking forward to seeing you in October!

~ 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