Good News Stories

We have heard SO MANY good news stories over the year from our attendees and presenters: agents finding new clients at the conference, attendees getting published, awards won, and so much more. We’d love to share your good news with the SiWC world. Please send your good news stories to conference coordinator Kathy at (Even if you’ve told us before and the news isn’t new, we’d love to fill this page with good news, so please get in touch!)

Huge congratulations to Linda Xia, a young writer whose first novel is being published in August 2021. Linda writes: “My name is Linda Xia. I’m 20 years old, based in Surrey, and about to publish my debut novel, Heir of Blood and Secrets, this August with New Degree Press. I was incredibly fortunate to attend SiWC several times as a teen – twice as a winner of the Surrey Libraries Young Adult Writing Contest and once as a recipient of the Tan Seagull scholarship. The conference was amazing and inspirational and very much marked the start of my writing journey…something which I can never thank you enough for.”

In 2019, writer Michelle Barker sent this update: “My novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes, came out in the fall with Annick Press and was named a Kirkus best book of 2018 (YA). I have recently signed with agent Hilary McMahon of Westwood Creative, and my newest novel will be out with Annick next spring. I’ve also joined The Darling Axe as senior editor.” We’re thrilled things are going so well for her.

In 2018, attendee Donna Conrad signed with agent Don Maass, a regular presenter at SiWC.