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.


Wine and Romance… A Perfect Combination.

What kind of wine would you pair with a romance novel? Hmmm… so much to consider. The taste, the color, the smell, the feel on the palate, and let’s not forget the nuance of memories, experience, and the heart.

As writers we’re asked to put words to experiences all the time, but this will be a fun, playful exercise of words and wine.

Believe me, we haven’t forgotten the other genres– thrillers? sci-fi? fantasy? horror?

Why not use all your senses and experience the blending of wine and writing.

During the Wine Country Writers’ Festival, Time Family of Wines will be doing a wine tasting for all interested writers and we’ll see what we can create in the pairings of wine and genre!

This experience is included in the registration fee for WCWF registered guests. Make sure you register soon.


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.


Stay informed of all things WCWF by subscribing to the Newsletter.

Register Now so you don’t miss out!


We’re only an email away if you have a question. A newsletter went out tonight. Make sure you check you sp*m folder so you’re all up to date.

Talk soon.

Faye and Jim


WCWFestival Writing Contest Chosen by Reedsy as One of the Best for 2022!

We’re thrilled and excited to have our quality contest recognized by REEDSY!

The writing contest for our Wine Country Writers’ Festival is only $15 for one entry and $25 for two!

There are THREE CATEGORIES: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry!

First Prize in each category is $150 cash, entry fees for next years Festival (no travel or accommodation), publication in the WCWF anthology, and a copy of the anthology.

Second Prize is $75 and Third $50 and Honorable Mention at Judges Discretion. All winner will be published in the anthology and receive a copy.

Contest closes July 29, 2022.

Registration open for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival to be held LIVE in Penticton September 23/24, 2022! Register Now.


Early Bird Registration of $139 ends at Midnight on June 30.

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Save some money.

Save your spot.

Wine Country Writers’ Festival Registration increased to $159 on July 01.

Go to the site to register.

If you register and don’t pay… doesn’t count. You need to pay to be registered.

Registration is valid the day payment is received. Thanks for your understanding.



Price Increase Coming July 1st! Its a Great Time to Register For WCWF 2022!

Hi All. We want to keep you in the loop and let you know that the Early Bird registration price of $139 will increase on July 1st to $159. 🧐

Registration Includes:

  • Keynote and Welcome
  • Readings from Presenters
  • Music/Entertainment
  • Meeting Other Writers
  • Slush Pile
  • Panels
  • Full Day of Workshops
  • Breathtaking setting
  • Opportunity to meet and connect with Editors, Authors, Writing Pros
  • Swag Bag
  • Door Prizes (one is a manuscript edit with Friesen Press value: $499)
  • Community
  • Blue Pencil
  • Pitch
  • a Writers’ Market Place
  • and so much more…

Go ahead and register now! πŸ˜„

Once you’ve registered just pay via PayPal or E-transfer. If you want, WCWF can invoice you for payment. Just email the request to: wcwfestival@gmail.com


Did you get the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Newsletter yesterday? Check your junk file just in case it went there.

If you didn’t get one, it’s probably because you didn’t get added. Send a quick email and we’ll forward the WCWF Newsletter. There’s great info there.

Check out Castanet

Make sure you link into Castanet to read the profile interviews with the WCWF Presenters! Lots of great information and inspiration.

Rooms Available at Venue

There are plenty of rooms available at the Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. Call direct to 250-493-8221 and ask for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival room rate.(rates vary: basic two queen room is $170/n)

A Couple of Questions…

Is anyone coming to the Festival from Gibsons area? We have a writer looking for a ride. You can share the costs.


Is there anyone who wants to share a room at the Lakeside? (female)

If you can assist with transportation or shared accommodation, email wcwfestival@gmail.com and we’ll can put you in touch.

Don’t forget to subscribe! πŸ€—


Wow… We’re Half Way Through June!

It’s unreal, but here we are–half way through the month already. At WCWF there’s a lot going on behind the scenes to ensure a great experience for attendees, guests, and presenters.

Did you get the Newsletter that went out last week? If not, then you’re not signed up for it. Let me know and we’ll add you.


The Festival is still available for $139, but as the clock strikes midnight on June 30, 2022, the price increases to $159.

It will increase again on August 1st, 2022 to $179.

Just saying… 😎


Check out the Virtual Book Bar.

You don’t have to attend the Festival to have your books on the Virtual Book Bar.

Cost is only $10 for max three books. Payable by e-transfer or we can invoice you on PayPal.

This is a wonderful way to get your books out in the virtual world. You never know who’s looking, always remember that. πŸ€“


Adding things to a festival swag bag is a great marketing tool. Heck it’s even done at the Oscars, right?

We don’t want to break your budget, so there’s a SideBar Sponsorship opportunity that allows anyone to pay $25 to have an item added to the swag bag (that means everyone gets one in their bag) and listed on our website too.

Swag could be anything small.

  • a business card
  • a lapel button
  • book mark
  • logo pen
  • coupon
  • anything small to promote your business/site/book


When you register, you’re given the option to do a free blue pencil with one of the presenters.

This means that they’ll read a small portion of your work and discuss it with you. Answer your questions and offer constructive advice and direction.

We will contact all those who signed up to request their sample writing so the presenters can have them prior to the meeting.

There are a limited number of spots available so register and book early. Even if you don’t get your first or second choice, it’s good to let someone else take a look at your work.

Once the appointments run out, a waiting list will be established.


Make sure you follow the page and stay in the loop.

Newsletters have been going out monthly, but will increase as time ticks down.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email: wcwfestival@gmail.com


Keep writing. Keep connecting. It really is important. πŸ’―


An Evening at Time Family of Wine as We Make More Plans for WCWF!

Hi Everyone.

During this last week, Jim Jackson, visited the Okanagan on a fantastic planning and organizing trip for WCWF.

Picture of me and Jim at Time Family of Wines. Testing some of the wine…Hmmm….maybe this particular wine is too literary… πŸ€”or perhaps it pairs well with Sci-Fi…nah…too literary.

You’ll Get a Chance to Do Some Wine Sampling Too…

We had a blast at Time Family of Wines! They’re a huge supporter of our Wine Country Writers Festival and we truly appreciate all their help!!

Jim and I went to the winery and together with help from Pete the Som, we paired wine with different genres of writing!! How FUN is that?!

In the Saturday evening (Sept 24) of the Festival, Time will come do wine tasting and you can experience what pairings we made. (tastings will happen in the evening at 7pm before the slush pile–this is included in your registration for WCWF.)

You’ll have to let us know if you agree with the wine we chose. 😊🍷🍷

This is Jim Jackson…
Beautiful french fries… (this is a side order!) Yummy.

At Time Family of Wines we also kicked back with some music snd had a wonderful dinner.

This is me and Stacey. A great writer friend who will be helping out at the Festival.

For the Wine Country Writers’ Festival, you’ll be able to sip some wine, enjoy some readings, learn about writing–whether you’re just starting out or whether you’re a published author. There’ll be something for everyone.

There is a maximum number of registrations being sold so that we can keep this as a boutique event and build our community of writer friends and family.

Beautiful and floral Rose wine…. Hmm perhaps these would go well
with a romance novel…What do you think?

Question: Do I have to Drink Wine to Come to WCWF? No. You absolutely do not. You do you. Be who you are and enjoy the company of people around you. If you want to do that with a glass of water, that’s fine too.

You Can Register Here.

If you’re not yet registered, you have until June 30, 2022 to take advantage of the Early Bird price of only $139. On July 01/22 the price increases to $159 and Again on August 1, 2022 to $179.

After completing the form, you must pay. Either by returning to the website to pay by PayPal or to your bank account for E Transfer.

You’re not fully registered until payment and registration is completed and received.

We hope to see you there. Any Question? Just drop us a note and we’ll get back to you.