Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Word on the Street:
WOTS is a great event to enjoy the world of books and their authors. 
This is an annual festival dedicated to celebrating literacy in all its forms in Vancouver and other major cities in Canada. It's well worth attending if you are a reader or a writer, and children are welcome too.
English: Shot of Vancouver's Library along Rob...
 Vancouver Public Library 
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Enjoy author readings, workshops, meet the local writers' associations, and buy book and magazines
TIP: if you are writing for publication, many publishers exhibit here and will give you a copy of their catalogues. They are a great way to learn what they publish.

Surrey International Writers' Conference: 
This is one of the friendliest and best-value conferences in N. America and takes place in Vancouver's backyard in Surrey. Dedicated to advancing writers of all types and genres in craft and towards publication, the SiWC offers master classes, workshops, contests, editor/agent appointments and much more. Renowned, bestselling authors attend to present sessions, deliver keynotes, and meet individually with writers, eg. Diana Gabaldon, Jack Whyte, Anne Perry. 
Best of all, writers get to rub shoulders with them and meet other writers from around the world. 
An SiWC panel
(© Ursula Maxwell-Lewis, with permission)
TIP: register asap as SiWC fills up every year.
  • Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21 - attendees do not have to register for the whole conference and can choose any day. 
  • Master classes run on Thursday, October 18 and are very popular too.
  • Guildford Sheraton, Surrey, BC
  • Details and registration: www.siwc.ca.

I heartily recommend both these long-running events.
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