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 asĀ  a production of War Of The Worlds with the parts voiced by well known writers at the conference.

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

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Presenters Jack Whyte and Anne Perry chat between events

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

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

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

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Participants wait for a workshop to begin

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

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

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

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Waiting for the official opening of the Conference Saturday morning

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Writer Diana Gabaldon chats at the Saturday lunch.

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