Just a few days until SiWC 2009!

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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

> From the kaotic cranium of konference coordinator kc dyer:

kc dyer photoSiWC 2009 is almost upon us -- are you ready?

This year we have two solid themes that, in the way of these things, somehow work together. Being more conscious of our environment, plus the invasion of extraterrestrials coming on Friday night -- well, it seems to have led to a plethora of Little Green Writers.

As you can see, I am, as usual, jumping in the deep end. Have you got your alien antennae yet? If not, do not fear! We have them for sale at the conference, proceeds going to the Surrey Young Writers' Contest. Help support a good cause, and look weird all in one go! And don't forget to stop by the ballroom on Friday night for a performance of Michael Slade's Shock Theatre: War of the Worlds.

As usual, we have a wild and crazy weekend planned for you, so here are a few words of advice for you as you pack your pencils, collect your computers and scurry off to Surrey.

In addition to the single Pitch and Blue Pencil appointments that you may have signed up for when you registered, throughout the weekend you can head over to our appointment desk and book more appointments of either variety, subject to availability. Why limit yourself to just one? And don't forget to book some time with Cricket Freeman and Bev Boissery to practice that pitch before you hurl it at one of our wonderful agents, editors or publishers. They will be available by appointment all day Friday and Saturday.

A couple of final personnel changes to announce. We would like to welcome non-fiction agent Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management. We'd also like to welcome author Anthony Flaco. Anthony and Sharlene's bio and information will shortly be available up on our website. They are looking forward to the publication of their Writers' Digest book PUBLISH YOUR NON-FICTION BOOK this fall.

Agent Jenoyne Adams is unable to join us this year. If you have a pitch appointment with Jenoyne, it will automatically be transferred over to Sharlene Martin. If you'd like to change the appointment, you may do so at the conference appointment desk, or by emailing me this week at kcdyer@siwc.ca

If you are interested in starting your SiWC experience a little early, we still have room in our Master Classes, this year starring Jacqui Banaszynski, Jack Whyte, Donald Maass and Michael Slade. 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.

There is still room to register for the full conference, though our numbers are up from last year -- 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, including 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 quick overview in SiWC 101 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 pair of alien antennae for Friday night.

And please, if you have any food allergies or questions, 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 coffee. Water is provided in all the workshop rooms. Show us your green side and bring your own waterbottle!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 bulletin 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