Hear that galloping sound?
That's the noise of the sixteenth annual Surrey International Writers' Conference, stampeding toward us!
Okay, okay... so October seems like a whole summer away. It is, in fact. But now is the time to plan the best way to liven up the dreary days of fall -- and what can do more to polish your writing skills for a long winter than a visit to beautiful Surrey, British Columbia?
SiWC 2008 will run October 24-26, 2008, with Master Classes on Thursday, October 23rd.
Interested in our line up? This year's event is going to be incredible, with a wonderful cadre of excellent presenters. As in past years, best-selling authors, top-echelon agents and editors from many genres will all gather at the Sheraton Guildford for an intense weekend of all things literary.
We have planned workshops and panels with something for everyone, from beginning writer to published masters of their craft. Novelists, journalists, poets, non-fiction, romance, children's writers, biographers, screenwriters, speculative fiction -- no matter what you write, there will be something for you!
The conference gets a head start with special Masters Classes to be held on Thursday, October 23rd. Things begin in earnest with the opening session Friday morning and run non-stop through to the final keynote address Sunday afternoon.
As always, the place where the stars of the writing world shine the brightest will be in Surrey this October.
Our website is now live, and watch for changes coming soon. We are planning an SiWC blog linked to the site, so those of you with RSS feeds can have the latest information linked right to your reader. These newsletters will also be available with the touch of a button on the site, so you can read through messages past and present. Updates will be added regularly.
Registration opens in July. More details on that soon.
And don't forget the amazing SiWC Writing Contest. We have resumed our September deadline this year, so entries must be postmarked no later than September 5th to qualify. Make sure to check the website for the guidelines.
Please join us as we celebrate 16 years of writers helping writers at the Surrey International Writers' Conference, October 24-26, 2008. Remember to watch the website for details, or contact me at kcdyer at siwc dot ca
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