Surrey International Writers' Conference 2006

Last weekend I buried myself in the learning and networking orgy that is the Surrey International Writers' Conference (www.siwc.ca). Although the conference is primarily aimed at fiction and my writing proclivities have a distinct non-fiction bent, I enjoy the conference immensely.

The SiWC always has great presenters and this year was no exception. The nicest discovery of the conference was Jennifer Crusie. Don't let the fact she's a romance writer make you think she doesn't know her craft. This woman knows her stuff, is funny and can communicate, always a winning combination in a teacher. The co-presented session with her and Bob Mayer was also excellent. I also enjoyed the sessions with Elizabeth Lyon, a perennial favourite, and Robert Sawyer. Susan Wiggs gave the most enjoyable keynote of the conference. I quite enjoyed Robert Sawyer's keynote as well, but he quoted Heinlein which may have destroyed my objectivity!

And I won something in the door prize draw! Huzzah! What am I going to complain about next year? . . .

Some of my notes actually turned out coherent. I'll post them when I get a chance to clean them up.

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