Welcome to SiWC 2011!

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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Kathy ChungWelcome to SiWC 2011!

A little over five months from now, hundreds of writers will gather to spend three or four days at what we think is the best writers’ conference anywhere, the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Will you be there?

If you’re anything like me, the prospect of SiWC, of a few days spent in the welcoming atmosphere of a large group of people who all completely understand that having voices in your head is just part of being a writer, thrills and excites you. I can’t wait!

And what a year our 19th annual conference is turning out to be. We have all sorts of special things to tell you about.

First up, our roster. We’re delighted to be bringing you an amazing group of writers, agents, editors, producers, and social media experts, among them many new faces and some returning friends. If you’ve been following our blog at www.siwc.ca/blog, you’ll have met some of them already. We’re adding several names a week, working towards introducing you to our full roster before the end of May. Come by and have a peek!

Registration package pricing information is now up on our site at www.siwc.ca/2011/registration. There you’ll find our BIG NEWS for early registrants, but I’ll tell you here, because it’s too exciting not to share: For June only, you can LOCK IN last year’s prices! And, of course, signing up early gives you the best shot at pitch and blue pencil appointment slots.

Some of you, we know, love the chance to dress up on Saturday night. That may mean pulling out the high-heeled shoes, my own personal favourite, or it can mean creating a costume to celebrate this year’s theme. (Not a costume person? This is entirely optional, so don’t worry.) In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be running a theme-related contest on our blog, but we’ll give you plenty of advance notice to figure out what you want to wear.

We are so excited by all that we have in store for this year. Hope you are, too! These newsletters will periodically keep you in the loop so you don’t miss any important dates, but for more immediate information, check out our blog, follow us @siwctweets or on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Surrey-International-Writers-Conference-SiWC/343986316665

Lastly, our writing contest is already accepting submissions. The rules for 2011 are up on our site at http://www.siwc.ca/contest/2011. Check it out! Deadline: September 9. If you’ve entered before and plan to enter again, please read the new guidelines. We have a new address this year and can accept entries by snail mail and email ONLY.

As always, if you have questions not answered on our site, you can use the “contact us” link on our site to send your question, or else email me anytime at kathychung at siwc dot ca, and I’ll do my best to get back to you quickly.

Happy May!

~ 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 http://www.siwc.ca