Other Events

Thursday Chapters Gala

An exciting and casual off-site event, held every year to start the conference in style. Conducted by our on-site partner Chapters at their store in Strawberry Hill, it's a chance to get together and schmooze with some of the best-selling authors before they get swept up into conference madness. Get your books signed, say hello, and bring your friends. Free and open to the public.

Where: Off-site at the Chapters Strawberry Hill, 12101 72nd Avenue, Surrey, BC
When: Thursday before the conference: 6-9 pm

Keynote Speakers

Each morning and evening we feature an inspirational keynote speaker to share his or her particular experiences with writing and the writing life. Past keynotes have featured such amazing raconteurs as Robert Dugoni, Donald Maass, Anne Perry, Jack Whyte, Jane Espenson and many others. Who will entertain you this year?

Morning Sessions

Start your conference day by hearing the latest announcements, meeting our presenters and networking with your fellow attendees. A tremendously helpful and entertaining way to begin your day. Join us!

Where: Main Floor Ballroom
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, first thing.

Networking Lunches and Dinners

The full conference package includes lunches Fri-Sun and banquets Friday and Saturday nights. This is your best opportunity to meet and talk with fellow conference attendees and presenters. Relax, compare notes and enjoy a great meal!

Where: Main Floor Ballroom
When: As scheduled

Friday "Night Owl" Event

If you decide that sleep can wait until after the conference, we have plans for you! Friday night features Michael Slade's famous "Shock Theatre". A must-do for insomniacs!

Where: Main Floor Ballroom
When: 9 pm until late.

Silent Auction

Here's your chance to support the conference, our partners and sponsors and get yourself a treat in the bargain! Every penny you put toward auction items goes into the production of next year's conference. We SO appreciate your support! And if you'd like to donate something to our auction, please use the Contact Us page and let us know!

Where: Adjacent to the Trade Show
When: Displays out daily until final closing Saturday after the Night Owl.

Silly Writing Contest

Every year the conference runs a silly writing contest. Conference attendees are given a certain number words to feature in a nonsense story of their own creation. Contest closes Saturday evening, and prizes for the best are awarded at the Sunday closing luncheon.

Where: Look in your registration brochure for details.
When: Stories to be submitted to the Registration Desk by Saturday evening.

Door Prize Draws

With the generous support of our sponsors, SiWC gives away multiple door prizes during every meal to Full Conference Package attendees. Look for your tickets with your registration package, and remember to enter every day!

Where: Door prize tickets are distributed with your name tag and Reg pack. Submit tickets at the Registration Desk, or to your nearest friendly Board member.
When: Daily draws take place at every meal. Must be present to win!

Young Writers' Day

The conference Friday is a Professional Development Day in British Columbia, we invite young writers to attend at a special low rate. See our registration page for prices.