Why Attend?

About SiWC

The Surrey International Writers' Conference is a workshop-based conference with a focus on development of skills and industry-based knowledge. From beginning writer to widely published, this is the place to hone your skills, learn more about markets and network future sales.

SiWC runs annually the third weekend in October, Friday through Sunday. Master Classes -- each 2.5 hours of intensive, extra content --  are held the Thursday prior, and are available as an add-on when you register. Join us!


  • Led by industry professionals.
  • Can be a lecture style presentation, hands-on instuctional session, or panel discussion
  • 75 minutes long and up to 9 choices in each time slot
  • If one workshop doesn't meet your needs, feel free to try another!

Pitch Sessions

  • An appointment to pitch your work to an editor or agent.
  • Full details on our Pitch Session page.

Blue Pencil Café

  • Have your work reviewed by an industry professional
  • Full details on our Blue Pencil page.


  • Full Conference Package attendees are invited to banquets on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Individual banquet tickets available - check with the Registration Desk for availability
  • Friday night is costume theme
  • Saturday night is more formal attire (optional)

Trade Show

  • Showcases a variety of books, writing organizations, gift items and more.
  • Full details on our Trade Show page.

Author Signing

  • Saturday evening almost all conference presenters and many other local authors are available to sign books.
  • On-site bookseller has a wide selection of presenters' books along with other recommended titiles.
  • Full details on our Author Signing page.

Conference Location

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue
Surrey, British Columbia
Canada V3R 1N5

Telephone: 604-582-9288
Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8063

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