Writers Flock to Surrey For 17th Annual International Conference

Hundreds of writers turned out for the 17th Annual Surrey International Writers’ Conference this past weekend to listen to and be taught by writers, editors, publishers and agents from around North America. The conference differs from many other festivals happening at this time of year in that it is geared to educating writers rather than presenting the latest work from authors. Participants could take in a series of short workshops throughout the day as well as sign up to pitch their work to an agent or publisher or have a sample of their work edited by an editor or writer.They could also enjoy a silent auction, trade show, book fair as well as  a production of War Of The Worlds with the parts voiced by well known writers at the conference.


Participants sign up to pitch work or work with an editor.



Presenters Jack Whyte and Anne Perry chat between events


Writer Annabel Lyon chats with a participant about her work at the Blue Pencil Cafe


Publisher Howard White, from Harbour Publishing, listens to a proposal from a participant.


Agent Carolyn Swayze listens to a book pitch from participant Patrick Blennerhassett


Participants wait for a workshop to begin


Poets Gary Geddes and Bernice Lever wait to start their poetry workshop


Volunteer Kimberly Plumley directs participants to a workshop with Michael Slade and Robert Dugoni


Checking out the books at the Chapters stand in the traide fair


Waiting for the official opening of the Conference Saturday morning


Writer Diana Gabaldon chats at the Saturday lunch.


Surrey International Writers Conference – October 23-25 2009

The 17th annual Surrey International Writers Conference kicks off this weekend with a series of keynote speakers, workshops,  editor & agent interviews and book signings. Speakers include Diana Gabaldon, Gary Geddes, Annabel Lyon and C.C. Humphries. Check back here next week for photos and more from the festival.

In The Newspapers

Top 10 Canadian Novels For Canada Day

Thirty years after the National Conference on the Canadian Novel in Calgary picked the 100 most important works of fiction in Canada, the Globe and Mail has five experts pick their top ten Canadian novels. The 1978 Calgary conference also picked their top ten. They were:

The Stone Angel (1964) Margaret Laurence.

Fifth Business (1970) Robertson Davies.

As for Me and My House (1941) Sinclair Ross.

The Mountain and the Valley (1952) Ernest Buckler.

The Tin Flute (1947) Gabrielle Roy.

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1959) Mordecai Richler.

The Double Hook (1959) Sheila Watson.

The Watch that Ends the Night (1959) Hugh MacLennan.

Who Has Seen the Wind (1947) W.O. Mitchell.

The Diviners (1974) Margaret Laurence.