Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Surrey International Writers' Conference 2014

Surrey International Writers' Conference Newsletter

From conference coordinator Kathy:


This is our first 2014 newsletter, and I'm excited to have lots of news to share.

This year's Surrey International Writers' Conference will run October 24-26, 2014, with master classes on October 23rd, at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC.

Registration will open on Wednesday, June 4. Our 2014 registration rates are up on our website Registration information page. You organized people are in for some great savings. This year, we're offering you the chance to get last year's early bird prices if you register for SiWC 2014 in June. We're thrilled to be able to offer these savings to you, and hope lots of you will take advantage of them.

Our annual writing contest is now open to submissions. You can check out the details on our Writing Contest page. We offer $4600 in prizes in four categories, and the contest is open to adults anywhere in the world. Please pass along the link to anyone you know who might be interested in entering.

We now have a mobile version of our website up and running for use on your smart phone so you can keep tabs on our updates from anywhere.

Our group rate is already available at the hotel. Check out the information on our Room Booking information page. Please use our group rate when you book; it's important for us and the hotel to know how many people are staying for the conference, and it helps keep our prices down when you do. Book early! Our group rates are available until mid-September or until the hotel sells out, which is often much earlier than that.

We'll begin posting our presenter roster on the website in the coming days, and the workshop and master class schedule after that, too. We've got a great group of presenters coming this year, including many new faces and some old friends, too. As always, we'll offer workshops on a huge variety of topics for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, online content and more. Whether you're a brand new aspiring writer, a multi-published bestseller, or any kind of writer in between, SiWC has something for you. Offering stellar professional development for writers at all stages of their careers is always our goal. And of course, every year you can take advantage of our blue pencil and pitch appointments, which are always included in the cost of your registration.

If you're interested in buying ad space in our conference brochure this year for your book or your day job business, please contact kc dyer at kcdyer at siwc dot ca for information and rate sheets.

Looking for more SiWC info? Apart from our very occasional newsletters like this one, you can follow us on Twitter @siwctweets and check out our website and blog at

If you're on Twitter and would like a little writing support and encouragement, join the conversation using #thisdaywewrite. For conference-related tweets, we're using #SiWC14 this year. Stay tuned on Twitter in coming weeks for hints about this year's conference theme.

Questions? Check out our website for answers, including our FAQ, but if you can't find what you need, you can contact us through our contact form or email me at kathychung at siwc dot ca.

Know writers who don't know us? We so appreciate your referrals. Thank you to everyone who's introduced SiWC to a friend so far. We hope to see many new faces and lots of old friends again this year.

See you in October!

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

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