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Twas the Day Before… Are You Ready?

Well, we’re almost there.

Register if you haven’t already. The link rebelled for a day or two but is all fixed.

There’s still a few appointments left with various presenters and maybe even one or two for pitching.

Cost is $179 and includes both Friday and Saturday.

We’re live in just over 24 hours… and yes, that means we’re all in the same place. Such a novel concept, eh?

Here are a couple of posts you still may enjoy.

Check out some of the presenters here: See more on the Presenter Page.

Make sure you follow so you can keep up with what happening within the Wine Country Writers’ Community.

And follow the newsletter that goes out every once in a while to keep everyone informed and inspired.

See you soon.

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Sunday Wine Tour

On Sunday, September 25th join us for a wine tour down to the Oliver Wine Village.

Though this is not an official part of the Wine Country Writers’ Festival we will facilitate the van transport from the Lakeside to the Village and return.

Cost is $41 (transport and gst included)which must be paid before.

This is an opportunity to sample more wines and even a craft brewery. Space is limited to 14 in one van but another can be commissioned.

If you’re interested please email wcwfestival@gmail.com and put WINE TOUR in the subject line.

$41 is the cost of transportation only and does not include any of the wine tasting.

The wine tasting costs vary per winery. Please check the website.

Thank you.

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Have You Planned Your Classes? Don’t Forget the Slush Pile!

Have you checked the schedule online yet? It’s jam packed with great presenters and workshops!

The last session of Saturday September 24 will be a SLUSH PILE.

This is always a lot of fun.

What’s a slush pile? Wikipedia does a great job of defining it as follows:

Source: Steve Laube Agency

In publishing, a slush pile is a set of unsolicited query letters or manuscripts that have either been directly sent to a publisher by an author, or which have been delivered via a literary agent representing the author who may or may not be familiar to the publisher.

as per Wikipedia

In other words it’s a pile of stuff that will be dealt with sooner or later… or not at all.

These are the places where query letters and manuscripts go an fight a valiant fight to be noticed amongst the others.

Well, we’ll have our own little slush pile party. Bring the first (yes first) page of your manuscript. No name as its anonymous.

Polish it off and bring it along with you. There’ll be a collection bin at the registration table where you can leave it.

Pages will be randomly selected and read aloud to the panel and audience. Those on the panel will then tell everyone their thoughts on the writing, the premise, the hook… Normally this exercise is done with agents and publishers but we’re using authors too. The critique will be about the words on the page… does it hook me? do I want to read more? does the writing need help?

Remember it’s anonymous. You do not need to reveal your identity unless you want to.

This means you can hear the good and perhaps the not-so-good, of each reading.

Learn from the different styles, voices, and techniques. Listen to what the expert panel has to say.

This is an opportunity for anonymous feedback from industry professionals.

Print it off and bring it along… no names–remember.

Source of cover pic: DrewChialAuthor.com

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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.

CA$179.00

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An Invitation to Community…

Everyone is welcome at Wine Country Writers’ Festival. No experience necessary.

If you have been secretly writing a book, come and meet others.

If you’ve always wanted to, but were too nervous or shy to try–this is the place for you!

If you’ve already embraced the title of writer, come on over and we’ll chat…

The workshops are for everyone. Community and connection are essential to a writer’s growth.

Heed the words of Margaret Atwood.

It’s not too late to register.

There are still some pitch and blue pencil appointments available. Live and in person… can’t get any better than that.

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Come Chat One-on-One With Pulp Literature

Have you ever wanted to talk to a publisher and ask about what catches their eye?

Perhaps you’ve submitted to a magazine several times but to no avail.

Attending the Wine Country Writers’ Festival may help you in your quest to learn and better prepare for success in the literary world.

Attending and presenting are the Editors-in-Chief of Pulp Literature.

They want to talk to you and hear your ideas. They also want to share their knowledge and expertise.

Don’t miss the opportunity to connect and get to know others in the writing community.

Get that registration in sooner rather than later.

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The List of Presenters is Awesome. Meet Dave Butler!

Dave Butler, was born and raised in Penticton. In fact, he graduated from Pen-High.

He’s now returning to his old stomping grounds to present a workshop on Eco-Thrillers/Mystery.

This is a very exciting sub-genre that offers an examination into the environment in which we live and how it can affect everything around us.

His first three books are eco-mysteries follow Park Warden Jenny Willson, as she investigates poachers, bureaucracy, deceit, and even murder.

Dave is an award winning author and has two more projects that will launch soon.

Dave’s Books can be found in the Book Bar at http://www.wcwfestival.com

Register for the Festival now.

Follow the Newsletter for up-to-date information and savings opportunities.

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Do You Need Help to Enhance Your Creativity?

If you answered yes (or sometimes), then come take a workshop with Mehrnaz Massoudi.

She will be leading a workshop on tapping! As she gives us all take-away tools to enhance our creativity and get writing.

Mahrnaz will also be doing a reading from her book on Friday evening from her book Never Without Love.

Register now for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival.

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Come Find Your Power at WCWF!

Wine Country Writers’ Festival (WCWF) is inching closer and closer.

The summer is winding down and it’s time to get yourself registered and ready to reconnect with the writing community.

Registration is $179 for all the events.

  • First class workshops
  • Panels
  • Q and A
  • Readings
  • Door prizes
  • fcfs Free Pitches
  • fcfs Free Blue Pencils
  • Wine tasting and genre pairing
  • Slush Pile
  • Keynote
  • Zoom In–agent and publisher
  • Fantastic Sponsors
  • …And so much more.

Come Find Your Power!

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Registration for Wine Country Writers’ Festival

Writing Festival September 23, 24, 2022. Penticton, BC

CA$179.00

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Discounts Only Through Newsletter. And Blue Pencils…

Hi Everyone!

It’s pretty dang hot out there, but the days are getting shorter and the sun a little less intense.

We’re getting closer to that beautiful September weather and of course the Wine Country Writers’ Festival.

We just wanted to let you know that if you don’t already subscribe to the newsletter it may be a great time to do so. We’re offering a $20 registration discount with a coupon code, but only through the newsletter.

Please keep in mind that this is a LIVE-IN-PERSON event.

If you saw a discount on the website, but didn’t take advantage, there’s still another chance.

Registration for the entire Festival is $179–which is a super fantastic deal but, you can get a $20 discount through the newsletter. This is a limited time offer.

The newsletter also contains some suggestions for Blue Pencils and Pitches.

Everyone who signed up for the blue pencil/pitch will be notified by email in the next two to three weeks so please ensure that your documents are ready to forward to us.

You should be putting your finishing touches on now.

While you may not get your first choice for blue pencil, please know that each person doing the blue pencils are seasoned and trained writers. Each has a unique perspective and you’ll be in good hands no matter who you speak to.

Prepare your work and wait for the email.

Be set.

The specific appointment times for pitches and blue pencils will be provided in your registration package. It will be during the day Saturday September 24th.

Remember a blue pencil is not an edit. It’s a discussion of your work, your style, and suggestions how to make it stronger.

Pitches are a discussion about representation and your work. Prepare your documents to include a query, comparables, a synopsis, and bio.

Don’t hesitate to email wcwfestival@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Stay cool. Keep writing. Subscribe to the newsletter–you may find it informative.

For now… read this and own your craft. xo