Surrey International Writer’s Conference

Surrey International Writer's Conference


Surrey International Writer’s Conference (SIWC) is gearing up for October 21, 2011.  Some authors and teachers attend annually, ie., Donald Maass, Jack Whyte and Diana Gabaldon.  Based on my last two experiences with this conference, I expect program schedule and opportunities will be similar. If so, the following is what I would expect.

Several 3 hr. master classes will likely be offered on Oct. 20—AM, PM & eve.  Extra 10 min. solo pitch sessions and 15 min. blue pencil sessions are usually available—must stand in line for a bit.  Blue Pencil sessions are a face to face exchange with an author about your first three manuscript pages.  Round table dining (if you purchase the meal package) provides networking opportunities.  Evening entertainment  is presented by the regulars.  Book sales, marketing of many things to attract writers.  The conference offers workshops to enhance varied genres of writing, including children’s literature, the many romance genres, poetry, and social networking teaching.  If intrigued, go to the SIWC website, sign up for their newsletter and follow their progress on putting it all together.  Hope to see many of you there.

Yesterday, marveled at the crocuses in bloom, today marveled at the floating snow flakes. Nature loves to tease at springtime.  Have a great writing week, all.



Michael Hauge Featured at Vancouver BC Writer’s Conference

I’ve listened to Michael Hauge tapes and viewed a DVD he shared with Christopher Vogler, and recommend him to all writers, no matter the genre. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the conference featuring this gifted and talented teacher.  All writers outside the RWA membership can benefit.  Hope to see many of you in May 2011.

Write On, Vancouver: An intensive conference for fiction and screen writers
May 13-15, 2011; Vancouver, BC Featuring 8.5 hours of workshops with acclaimed Hollywood story and script consultant, Michael Hauge, plus editor appointments, additional workshops, and more.  Fees: $140-185

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