From conference coordinator Kathy:

September 21, 2017



Just one month from now, we’ll be right in the middle of #SiWC17! Time is flying by here at SiWC Central. Whether you’re one of the lucky ones who registered before we sold out, or are still holding out hope we’ll re-open our wait lists, this newsletter has something for you.


***WRITING CONTEST DEADLINE*** Our fiction writing contest is open to all writers 18 and over, regardless of location. The deadline is NOW: Friday, September 22, 2017. Check out our blog here for details and a link to our guidelines, and get those entries in for a chance at $1000 prize and publication!


We’ll be at Word Vancouver as usual from 11-5 on Sunday, September 24. Come by and say hi! This year, we’re in a tent – lucky us – so no matter the weather, you can chat with us in comfort. Hope to see you there!


Have you checked out the details of #SiWCatSea yet? Our first ever bonus event, a writing retreat aimed at helping you get words on paper and bringing writers together with other writers, will be held aboard a cruise ship next April. We know many of you have been promising yourselves a writing retreat to put all you learn at SiWC into practice, so here’s your chance. Join us! What better than a full week with your fellow writers, creating, chatting, eating great food, writing, and sailing the beautiful blue seas?


A waiting list note: if you’re interested in attending SiWC for Sunday only this year, please email


Huge congrats to SiWC friend Ivan Coyote, whose Tomboy Survival Guide has been nominated for the Weston Prize.


If you are a registered attendee, stay tuned for an email in the next couple of weeks with helpful (we hope) conference information.


More soon!



Kathy Chung

SiWC Conference Coordinator


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