Hello 2012!

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Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:

Kathy ChungHello, all!

It’s the end of March as I write this and all kinds of exciting stuff is going on here at SiWC Central. October may still be seven months away, but we’re deep into the planning for this year’s conference.

Our dates this year are October 19-21 with master classes on the 18th. Mark your calendars!

Our annual writing contest opens to entries THIS SUNDAY, April 1. We’ll be accepting entries until the contest deadline on September 14, so no excuses. You have lots of time to start something new or polish something that’s never seen the light of day. Everything you need to know about the contest is on our website (http://www.siwc.ca/contest/2012), but in brief, we offer four separate categories, each with a $1000 first prize and a $150 honourable mention. You may enter as many times as you wish in as many categories as you choose. Each entry costs just $15. And for the first time, this year you can pay by cheque OR by Paypal on our website.

We are SO excited to be bringing you a stellar line-up of presenters again this year. If you’ve been peeking at our website, you may have noticed we haven’t revealed any of them yet. Stay tuned: we’ll start introducing them on our blog this coming week. Our blog posts automatically to our Facebook page and we link to it on Twitter (@siwctweets) and of course it’s on our website at www.siwc.ca, so there are lots of ways for you to keep up on our news in addition to our occasional e-newsletters.

We’re anticipating a registration opening date in early June. This year’s registration rates will be up on our site this coming week. We are absolutely delighted to report that we will once again be offering a Lock in Last Year’s Rates promotion in June, giving you the chance to pay last year’s early bird prices for this year’s conference.

As always, if you have any questions about SiWC, feel free to email us anytime through the contact form on our website or directly to me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.

Hope to see you in October!

~ 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