Registration. Blue Pencils. Pitches. Venue.

Registration $179 this includes all workshops, one blue pencil and one pitch–until full then a wait list will be started. It also includes all planned Salon activities and an exclusive Writers Market Place!

Registration includes access to WCWF September 23 and 24, 2022. Registration includes Keynote Speaker, Workshops, Panels, WCWF Market Place, Door Prizes, Wine Tasting, and one Blue Pencil.

Registration for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival

Price $179


Sorry–no refunds. The registration is however, fully transferrable. Please advise who the participant will be.

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Price $179

What’s a Blue Pencil?

When you register, you’ll be asked to choose who’d you like to do a “Blue Pencil” with.

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Here’s how a blue pencil works: you provide (when/if requested by WCWF) to submit three pages of your writing that you’d like to discuss with a professional writer. This may be for feedback, or because you’re stuck, or perhaps you’ve got questions on you can make it better.

Not everyone is ready for this type of appointment and that’s okay. You don’t need to take the appointment.

Spots are limited and will be given at a first come first serve basis. After all appointments are full, a wait list will be established.

Do You Want to Pitch?

If you would like the opportunity to pitch your book, this year we have two options. Do your homework and look them up to make sure they’re a match for your kind of work. If you’d like to pitch your book to either PULP FICTION or PRAIRIE SOUL please indicate on your registration form.

JM Landels and Melanie Anastasiou: Pulp Literature Press

Interested in most genres including but not limited to mystery, science fiction & fantasy, and Historical fiction with stellar storytelling and world building

We do not accept children’s books, erotica, memoir, or non-fiction.

We’ve got a strong preference for books by and about underrepresented groups, and we love works with a feminist slant.

It should pass the Bechdel test. At the moment we are only accepting novels from Canadian authors, and we are hoping to see more from underrepresented writers.

Jim Jackson: Prairie Soul Press

Prairie Soul Press (formerly Kouros Publications) stands for truth, community and story.

We look to find and promote authors from the Canadian Prairies and elsewhere whose work speaks truth through a captivating story and who are plugged into their local writing communities.

We publish multiple genres, but focus on works dealing with mythology, cultural exploration and the craft of writing.

Jonas Saul:

Editor-in-Chief for IMAGINE PRESS

and literary manager with Imagine Media Group Literary Management (IMGLM). This is a management company run by writers, with the ability to get books in front of Hollywood studios and major publishers.

Seeking literary and commercial fiction with fresh voices.

Check the website for more information.

Jonas will be joining us via Zoom from Greece.

Anna Comfort O’Keeffe

Anna Comfort O’Keeffe, the Publisher at Douglas and McIntyre will be joining us via Zoom to provide Blue Pencils and also take pitches.

Appointments are limited.

Douglas & McIntyre is one of Canada’s pre-eminent independent publishers, with books that have won many national and international awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award.

Since its inception Douglas & McIntyre has sought to publish voices from under represented communities and identities in Canada including LGBTQ2+, Indigenous, Black, Asian and South Asian people, people of colour,  and women, and the press continues to strive for inclusiveness in its program.

Check the website for more information.

The Venue

WCWF has blocked off rooms for Festival goers. The price is $170/night for two queen beds.

The Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre.

Click on the link and call the hotel direct. Ask for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Rate.

September is a beautiful time in the Okanagan Valley. It is a time for the apple harvest and is also in the middle of the grape harvest throughout the Valley. The days are still warm, but the evenings begin to cool–a beautiful time to sit outside with a glass of wine and a book.

Make sure you follow the website so you don’t miss any information. Questions?