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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

> From the kaustic cerebellum of konference coordinator kc dyer:

kc dyer photoSiWC 2008 is almost upon us -- are you ready?

We have a wild weekend planned for you, so pack your pencils, collect your computers and scurry off to Surrey.

A few things to remember ...

When you register, you are entitled to one Pitch appointment, and one Blue Pencil. But as of Friday morning, our appointment desk opens up, and you can book more appointments of either variety, subject to availability. Why limit yourself to just one? And this year, for the first time you'll have a chance to practice that pitch before you hurl it at one of our wonderful agents, editors or publishers. Just book an appointment with Bev Boissery at her Pitch Practice desk -- she'll be open all day Friday and Saturday, and you can book an appointment with her at the very same desk.

If you are interested in starting your SiWC a little early this year, we still have a bit of room in our Master Classes (with the exception of Jack Whyte's, which has been capped). You can register on-line, or by phone at 604-594-2000. Master Classes are an additional $99 for conference registrants -- money well-spent for a 3-hour class from one (or two!) of the best in the business.

The conference itself is teetering on the brink of a sell-out -- if you haven't registered, do it today to avoid disappointment. A reminder that we have a special rate for young writers (under 19) on Friday -- only $50, and this year it includes a bag lunch. Spread the word to the young writers you know. (It's a provincial Professional Development day -- a great way to spend a day off!)

For those of you who have not attended before, please note that nothing will be mailed to you in advance of the conference. Remember to get to the hotel  bright and early on Friday -- it's a BUSY time! You'll collect your appointments with your registration packs,  -- along with a whole lot of fabulous info about the conference. There will be an orientation session for newbies held at 8:00 am in the hotel on Friday morning to help you get your bearings in Green Timbers #1. And if you want to get the most out of the conference, (or if 8:00 am is just a little too early for your blood!) I am offering a chance to Crack the SiWC Code in the first session of workshops. I'll give you a few tips to help you enjoy the best the conference has to offer and then send you on your way!

Before you leave home, don't forget to raid your piggy bank to make a bid on one of the items in our fabulous Silent & Deadly Auction. And remember to bring $2 to buy yourself a mask for Saturday night. We have glitter and feathers decorations, too, so you can really go to town for our first SiWC Masque.

And please, if you have any food allergies or questions, please ask at our registration desk. We will have the hotel menus on hand, or if you are registered in our Basic Conference package we can make suggestions for nearby places to eat. The hotel has a food kiosk set up for light meals and snacks, and we are offering a complimentary coffee service both Friday and Saturday afternoon. The conference board has worked closely with the amazing administration and staff of the Sheraton Guildford Hotel and we all want to make this the best possible weekend for you.

All the announcements that take place during meal times and banquets will be also posted on the white board at our registration desk in the front lobby, so everyone can stay in the loop.

Oh -- and the bar is open until 1 am every night.

As always -- if you have a question you can't find an answer to on the website at www.siwc.ca you can reach me at kcdyer@siwc.ca Please put your topic in the subject line of the email -- and I will do my best to answer.

See you soon!

      ~ kcdyer
kc dyer
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 http://www.siwc.ca