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Katherine Marley provides some insight on the up-coming writer’s conference.

25th Annual Surrey International Writer’s Conference

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Surrey International Writer’s Conference, a workshop-based professional development conference for all writers. Started through the Surrey School Board in the basement of an elementary school, it was taken over by a core group of supporters in 2008 who have worked tirelessly to make it a success. In 2015 the event began selling out quickly and this year, the event is almost completely sold out in advance. Surrey’s Sheraton Vancouver Guildford is the only hotel in the GVRD that can accommodate an event so large.

The conference attracts a diverse group of writers, including previous presenters, beginner writers looking to improve, and published writers across all genres from across Canada and beyond. This year there are attendees from as far away as Switzerland and Australia. There is also a youth component to the conference and this year they will be welcoming their youngest participant yet who is 12 years old.

In addition to the 3 day conference, there are single masterclasses you can attend. Check to see if there is space to register. The conference also provides 2 different scholarships; the Diversity Scholarship closes on Aug 31st and the Tan Seagull Scholarship for young writers is open until Sept 15th. If you are unable to score a ticket to this year’s conference, the SiWC Writing Contest is still open until September 22 and anyone can enter.

Be sure to check out our ACS POSTS for a special ‘Sea’ writers event