Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter
From the kurved consciousness of kc dyer:
The clock ticketh...
One month to go until the 16th annual Surrey International Writers' Conference is upon us. There is much to report, so here goes.
- Registration numbers are climbing and our early-bird deadline is approaching. October 1, the rates for the conference go up, so make sure you register right away to get the best prices available. Register early to avoid disappointment!
- Third Draft Editor (and long-time friend of the conference) Lisa Rector is offering a youth scholarship this year. We will have the eligibility details up on our site in the next day or two. In the meantime, you can contact Lisa for a set of guidelines at email@example.com. Huge thanks to Lisa for her generosity!
- Need a little practice before you make that important editor pitch? Have we got some help for you! Author and long-time friend of the conference Beverly Boissery will be available for you to practice with on Friday and Saturday, all day. She will be sitting at a table in the Fraser Room, and will be taking appointments from the very first morning of the conference. If you'd like to have someone impartial and experienced to evaluate what you have to say and perhaps give you a few tips on the best way to say it, Bev is your woman! We'll have a sign set up directing anyone interested to a volunteer, who will be scheduling these Practice Sessions. Sign up early -- this trial event will be on a first-come, first-served basis only.
- Our 16th annual Writing Contest closed September 5th, and the folks behind the scenes are reading, reading, reading. Short-listed entrants will be notified sometime in the next couple of weeks and the winner will be annouced at the conference on Friday, October 24th at the evening banquet.
- After the banquet on Friday, get ready for our special Night-Owl event -- the first ever Shock Radio Broadcast with Michael Slade and a celebrity cast you'll have to see to believe. On Saturday, of course, our Night Owl event is our first-ever Masque -- costumes are optional (but encouraged!) but masks...are mandatory. Masks will be available for purchase on site, (a token donation), with all proceeds going to the Surrey Library Young Writers' Contest -- and you'll even have a chance to decorate the mask you purchase...making your identity all the more mysterious. If you do choose to come in costume, we are asking you to find something literary in theme -- the sky's the limit!
- Interested in sharing a ride -- or a room at the conference? We have opened up two comment sections on our blog to help connect people who want to share a ride to and from the airport, or share a room while you're at the conference.
And remember ...caveat emptor! This is a service we are facilitating, but we are not vetting the responses. Make sure you are comfortable with the person you're connecting with!
- We are still looking for volunteers -- particularly volunteer drivers for SiWC 2008. If you have a story to pitch, what better way to do it than in the half hour trip from the airport, bringing in (and sending home) the finest editors, agents and publishers in the world. If you are able to help out, contact Camille Netherton at firstname.lastname@example.org (or me at email@example.com -- I can connect you with Camille, too.)
- Some of this news was first reported on our blog earlier this month. Have you been checking in? In addition to almost daily news tid-bits, our website holds a host of interesting and informative items. Our podcasts continue to be popular downloads, and this week our Wonderful WebWizard Dale McGladdery and I tried out a whole new format. I had the pleasure of interviewing best-selling author Michael Slade for a podcast earlier this year, and soon you'll be able to see Michael (aka Jay Clarke) in our very first video podcast. Keep an eye on our website for more visual and aural treats as the conference approaches.
There will be lots more news in the days to come. Check out our blog for daily updates. And if you have any questions or concerns -- you know where to find me: firstname.lastname@example.org
So...have you got your costume ready yet?
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