The Countdown to Register is on…

Time is ticking away…

Are you ready to register? Make sure you mark your calendar.

Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll help you get to know the presenters and the opportunities available at the Wine Country Writers’ Festival.

So stay tuned.

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Time to Register for WCWFest ’23

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Are You Registered Yet? That is the Question…

This is a Festival that offers an in-person experience to reconnect and build your writing community.

There is an agent looking for clients to pitch to him. He’s looking to represent commercial and literary fiction.

There’s also a publisher who is looking for diverse voices, domestic fiction and nonfiction, cook books, Canadiana, and poetry.

There’s another publisher/editor looking for the next sensational horror writer…

On top of ALL that, there are over ten presenters who will teach you different things about the literary world, its craft, and it’s business.

Get registered. It’s time now. Cost is only $179–which is GREAT value but if you email me at wcwfestival@gmail you’ll receive $20 off.

Wine Country Writers’ Festival

September 23 and 24, 2022 in Penticton, B.C. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. Start at 4 pm Sept 23.



Blue Pencil and Pitches… Deadlines Looming.

Hi Everyone.

Please be aware that the deadline for signing up for a Blue Pencil or a Pitch coming soon. It’s not too late and it is included in the price of registration.

Documents are to be sent by September 10th, 2022 to wcwfestival.com

Please put BLUE PENCIL or PITCH in the subject line.

Spots are limited. If you’re requesting an appointment then you must pick your top three choices as some are already full.

A blue pencil will consist of no more than four (4)- five (5) pages–double spaced. 


  • You’ll be informed by email (wcwfestival@gmail.com) of when to forward.–BEFORE SEPT 10th.
  • Your blue pencil appointment will take place live during Saturday September 24 during the Festival (except for Jonas Saul or Anna O’Keeffe –which will be done by Zoom also during the Festival)
  • You will have 12 minutes to discuss your work.
  • Submissions requested now.
  • Ensure your s*am filter doesn’t filter out the WCWF email. 
  • You’ll get your scheduled appointment with your registration.
  • Be aware that you may not get your first choice but each presenter doing the critiques has something unique to offer. 
  • Your patience is appreciated. 
  • Remember, a blue pencil is NOT an edit. It is a discussion about your writing and asking advice and being open to suggestions about your writing etc. 


For a pitch. Please put together these items: 

  • query letter–with comparables (see the Reedsy link below)
  • 500 word synopsis
  • one or two sentences as to why you’re the best to write this book/project
  • first six pages
  • watch your email

Make your work as professional as possible… That means that’s it’s edited and formatted. Do a little bit of research on how to pitch. Check Jane Friedman or Reedsy

Also please check your sp*m filters to ensure that our emails WCWFestival@gmail.com get through. There will be a lot of information coming your way over the next several days.


Wine Country Writers’ Festival Community Building…

A note to all writers, poets, and creatives… Don’t let another person–editor, writer, family, writer’s group, or the lil devil on your shoulder–crush a dream.

Writing events like WCWFestival facilitate the sense of community and can boost your confidence.

Build a community of support and continue to learn and hone your craft. Always be YOU. ❤️


WCWFestival Just Added ANOTHER Quality Presenter and Other News…

How many times have you felt so stressed and overwhelmed that you stop writing?

You convince yourself that the creative process is blocked and there are too many negatives in your way to continue…

Meet Penticton local Mehrnaz Massoudi. She will be leading a 50 minute workshop on providing hands on techniques to learn to handle stress while also opening up the creative centers within.

Check out the presenter page. I’m so excited to take her class as this is something I’ve wanted to learn for a very long time.

Contest is Closed

We received entries from all over the world this year. We’re excited to see the contest grow and this allows us in coming years to up the prize monies.

All the entries are now off to the judges below and will all be coordinated carefully to ensure all the rules are followed and everyone is on equal grounds.

We look forward to the judges coming back with the results and then getting started on the 2022 WCWF Anthology.

A Word About Registration

The registration has been steady and constant. We only have room for 150 guests.

If you want a blue pencil critique or a pitch to an agent or publisher, please know that those appointments are dwindling.

Current registration is $179. (There may be a special at $159 going on until Sunday August 14, 2022. Email: Faye wcwfestival@gmail.com and mention this post. 😉)

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Have a great evening everyone. Thanks for reading. Any questions? Let us know.


Blue Pencils and Pitches are Filling Up

Hello all you lovely writers.

I just want to touch base and let you know that if you’re interested in doing a pitch or a blue pencil, the spots are assigned on a first come/first served basis.

The selection should have been made when you registered.

If you registered early and want to change then email Faye at wcwfestival@gmail.com

There’s no guarantee that something can be changed, but we did add Douglas and McIntyre and Imagine Press just a few weeks ago.

Prairie Soul is now full and will not be taking anymore pitches at the WCWF. Same for Jen Landels.

Christina Myers is full for blue pencils.

BUT… The good news is that there are still many openings. Make sure you put a couple of choices down when you register.

And pitches…. there’s still some space available.

Blue Pencil appointments and instruction will be sent out in mid August.

Blue pencils put another set of eyes on your work and can be so helpful as you move forward in a project. If you can’t get the person you want, move on to the next–it still makes a difference.

Registration is open. Blue pencils and pitch are free with paid registration on fcfs basis.

Price is now $159. Increase in August to $179.


What is a Writing Festival?

The Wine Country Writers’ Festival is all about community and connection!

There’s something for everyone. It’s a safe space where you can be the writer you are, or want to be, without fear of judgement or reprisal.

It’s a place to learn, share, and build writer community connections that can really support you through any type of writing career.

No experience necessary. Be you. All you gotta do is register, pay, and show up… We’ll take care of all the other stuff.

Come follow us on Social Media @wcwfestival

Hope to see you in September.


Wow! Such Exciting News For WCWF! Our Contest Voted One of the Best, A Zoom Room is Added, and Fabulous New Sponsors.


The Zoom Room will be a dedicated room for a couple of Zoom presentations, blue pencils, and pitches. This is not a “virtual” experience. You will have to register and attend the WCWF to participate.

Jonas Saul to join us via Zoom all the way from Greece.

He is a literary manager with Imagine Media Group Literary Management and the editor-in-chief at Imagine Press Inc.

Jonas will be doing a presentation and also be taking pitches on behalf of IMGLM.

Spots are limited. More info will be coming soon.

We’ll also be welcoming Publisher Anna O’keeffe of Douglas and McIntyre to the ZOOM ROOM. The independent book publisher is very well-known and respected in Canada. Check it out HERE. No agent is required to pitch.


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Black Press in Penticton, British Columbia has come on as a Champagne Sponsor. Thank you Warren Smith, Publisher.


The Writing Contest at WCWF was voted on of the BEST WRITING CONTESTS of 2022 by Reedsy.com Make sure you get your entry in by midnight July 29th, 2022.


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Talk soon.

Faye and Jim