I have registered for the SIWC conference, but was wondering if there were WXR specific activities in addition to the SiWC program.

Yes! The schedule details are being hammered out this week but we do have a graphic to give you a shape of the days heading into SiWC that will feature WXR activities.

Activities begin with a social event on Saturday evening, Oct 17, on Pacific Time, in alignment with the SiWC schedule later in the week. More activities will be held Sunday, Oct 18 through Tuesday, Oct 20 like writing dates, unlocking sessions, and more social times.

Detailed schedule and events details will be coming out any day now from the SiWC team for registered attendees.

What happened to the Writing Excuses cruise?

We had to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 cruise. Though we can’t promise round-the-clock snacks, fruity beverages, and frozen yogurt on the pool deck, we ARE going to bring you all the rest of the stuff you love best about WXR in virtual form: writing dates, Q&As, and LOTS of learning. 
To do this, we’re partnering up with the Surrey International Writers’ Conference for SiWC at Home, which runs October 23-25 with master classes on the 21st and 22nd and extra WXR pre-conference events in the days leading up to the conference. 

WXR will offer pre-conference Writing Excuses social events, writing dates and Q&As before SiWC. At SiWC, some WXR faculty will be offering master classes on the Wednesday and Thursday. Then Friday to Sunday, it’s full-on conference time: multiple workshops a day, social opportunities, keynotes, and social events, including with WXR faculty.

If you are interested in attending, you can register for SiWC. Your registration includes the full Friday-Sunday conference plus all the WXR social stuff, writing dates and more, and you can add on master classes when you register. In a typical year, SiWC sells out in hours, so don’t leave it too long to register.

Register for SiWC here: http://www.siwc.ca/registration

We’ll have more info on the WXR events as we get them all in place, but most of the SiWC programming is up on their site – www.siwc.ca – with more to come as we get details in the coming days of the master classes and workshops WXR will be adding.

What will this year’s WXR at SiWC cost?

SiWC is offering a sliding scale for registration (except master classes) this year to help people whose finances have been affected by Covid to be able to attend. Note that SiWC is not-for-profit, so please pay what you comfortably can. Full-priced registration for the conference, which includes 40+ workshops (10 you can attend in real time, and some that will be recorded and available to attendees for a couple of weeks following the conference), keynotes, and all the WXR and SiWC social events, is $279CDN (currently about $205USD). Master classes are $79CDN for conference attendees (about $58USD) except for one super-sized, 6-hour class with Mary Robinette that’s $119CDN (about $88USD).