WritersButt Wednesday – A Photographic Journey from Surrey

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry I missed my post last Wednesday and I promised you a post on how to travel and still stay ‘fairly’ disciplined with your nutrition and exercise. I will give you that post, but first, I’d like to share a photographic journey with you of my trip to the Surrey International Writers’ Conference this past weekend. Since I was there to present a workshop on WritersButt … I think it’s only fitting to share the photos with you all, my WritersButt family and where all of this got started, right here on my blog!

It was an amazing weekend! First just the honor to be a presenter, a long-time goal of mine, and as always it’s so wonderful to meet up with some of my critique partners and who are also my very close friends. We chat, we brainstorm, we laugh our butts off. Life is GRAND when we are together.

View from Sheraton Guilford in Surrey, BC.

Here is the lovely view from our hotel room when the sun came out to play!


Ginger gets her first presenter’s ribbon

One of the first things we did was pick up our presenter’s packets. We got a great messenger bag and some swag items but this was the best part for me … my first presenter’s ribbon on my name tag. I wore it proudly all weekend! I’ll treasure it just as I treasure Jo Beverly’s back from Surrey 2003.


This Day We Write!

One of the fantastic items for sale was this glass tea infuser. I am in love with it! You can see my tea bag in here but it actually has a little strainer so you can use loose tea. It’s double-walled so super insulated and pretty much 100% awesome.


Color your plate — WritersButt style!

This is the poster hanging in the elevators at the Guilford. It’s all about how to ‘color your plate’ to eat healthy. Notice there are no processed foods on this poster, no grains, no dairy, just all WritersButt Approved Goodness!!


Ginger and Linda at 20’s night

Ginger and Linda looking snazzy! Because it was the 20th year anniversary for the Surrey conference, Friday night was a roaring 20’s theme. There was a lot of feathers and fringe in the ballroom and apparently the boas were molting all night in the hallways by the looks of them in the morning.


Ginger shares her ‘feathers’ with Julie

Julie didn’t bring any feathers so I ‘shared’ mine.


Tsunami, by Julie O’Connell wins honorable mention!

This was by far one of the greatest highlights of the entire weekend. Julie’s short story, Tsunami, won honorable mention in the storytellers contest. There was only 1 winner and 1 HM, so this was fantastic. Imagine much clapping and woo-hoo’ing, beads and feathers getting into the act. It was a great moment!


Drink me and do your potty squats! Love, Your WritersButt

I handed out water bottles with cute little WritersButt labels on them. Thanks to my man, William, for making these for me because that sort of thing makes my brain itch. This was a fun thing to do at my workshop, which went well I’m relieved to say, and after my morning stretches, which also went very well and were well-received.


Ginger and Elena, Surrey 2012

I also got to finally meet fellow writer Elena Aitken in person, along with her writing group, the WordBitches. Super fun!


Ginger’s first book signing table.

And here is a fun thing … they had a table set up for me at the book signing event. It was quite exciting to see my name set up at the table. Of course, I do not have a book to sign YET but we took this picture as a prelude of what is to come.


The conference itself was wonderful. I really enjoyed hearing some presenters I’d never heard before. I thought Eileen Cook’s workshop on motivation was amazing and inspiring and well … motivating!!  🙂 Each time slot had many workshops from which to choose, so it was a matter of deciding what you needed to hear most. I have to say that the Sheraton Guilford outdid themselves on the food this year. It’s hard to provide an amazing meal for over 500 people and they sure did it. Saturday night’s banquet was a replica meal from the Waldorf Astoria from the 1920’s. Very cool!

That about wraps it up! If you have never been to the Surrey Int Writers’ Conf., I highly recommend you give it a look.



About Ginger Calem

I never met a notebook I didn't want to buy. Pens speak to me. Sticky notes are dear to my heart. Some of my best friends are those clambering in my head trying to get onto the page. And when they have their stories told, and I release them to the world, I hope they'll be your friends too.

Posted on October 24, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. OMG, these pictures rock! I’m completely jealous that you met the WordBitches – I love every one of ’em. And I really need one of those potty squat labels. I’ll bet your workshop was fantastic. I’m so glad you got to do this. 🙂

    • Thanks, Jenny. The WordBitches were wonderful and fun. Trish (of the wordbitches) won 1st place in the short story award to which Julie was honorable mention, so there was much celebrating amongst us all. I’ll have to see if I have any extra labels or maybe my man can print some more for me to share. 🙂 I’m very glad I got this chance as well. I do not take it for granted, I can promise you.

      {{{Feel Better}}}

  2. How exciting! I know you did a great job, and hopefully you will be presented at a conference nearby soon, so I can go:)

  3. What a GREAT conference! And so so so glad I finally got to meet you! I also recommend this conference to EVERYONE! It’s a must.
    I’m still processing…

  4. Great photo-blog! Such a fun weekend! 🙂

    • It was! I loved meeting you and I didn’t realize that the lovely lady I met at the wine-party in Elena’s room was your wonderful mother! I still think it’s so great that you both do the conference together. Really special!

  5. It looks like you had such a fun time!!! The tea infuser looks great- my sister would love one I’ll have to see if I can find something like it.

  6. Looks like total fun! And I love the water bottles!

    Can’t wait to see you in person in January and hear your program presented live in Sacramento!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Hee hee … look at you letting the cat out of the bag. I wasn’t going to say anything until you did. 🙂 I’m VERY excited for January and now know that I’m quite prepared!

  7. Julie O'Connell

    The best part of the whole weekend was having YOU and Linda there with me. 🙂 Fabulous conference, and you did a great job presenting and with morning stretches. A great addition to the line up!!

  8. I love it all. The pictures, the stories, your water bottles.

    How many times did you walk into a Loo to find attendees from your presentation doing their squats? I would have totally stalked you so I could rush into the Loo ahead of you to surprise you with my squat commitment. Counting…

    Fifty-seven, fifty-eight, fifty-nine…

    Why don’t I yet follow WordBitches?

    Off to handle that immediately. Welcome home!

    • Gloria … I totally needed you there! I wanted to make this big game of potty squats and passing out stars for those who did them. Didn’t pan out … but next time! Your attitude and energy is perfect!!!

      • Not. My. Fault.

        I offered to go with you. Of course, I think I might have asked for an expense paid foray to the conference.

        Let me know when and where on your next gig. Have car, love to travel. I’ll be there.

  9. Welcome home, Ginger! I knew you would do great. These pics make me so jealous. Putting Surrey on the top of next year’s wish list.

  10. This is sooo great. The last pic is my fave, ’cause it speaks of things to come. Big love, sweet friend!

    • Thank you!! I love that pic too. I can’t wait for it to be real, with like, people in line. 😉 Even one person in line, which would really be a line but would still be awesome.

  11. Wow, Ginger, what a great time. All those memories you have now of the people you met. That’s the best part of attending the conferences. 🙂

  12. Sounds like a great conference…and you had a ball, as the pic show.

  13. So awesome Ging!! I’m so thrilled you’re achieving your goals and living out your dreams. Loved the photos!!!

  14. I’m so proud of you, Ginger. I so admire your clever writing and your enthusiasm.

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