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WCWF 2022 Was a Hit. Did You Have Fun?

It feels like we planned for the in-person Wine Country Writers’ Festival for–EV–errrrrrr!

Finally, on September 23 and 24, 2022, it all came true and it was fantastic.

The energy was palpable as we talked writing, craft, and business for the first time in what seems like a lifetime. There were readings, talks, lessons, music, food, and wine… A little of everything to get us recharged to take over our creative endeavors.

The same venue at the Penticton Lakeside Hotel and Conference Centre has been booked for next year and we decided to expand the Festival to include Sunday.

Save the dates: September 22, 23, 24, 2023.

Thank you to all our sponsors, guests, and presenters. Make sure you subscribe to the newsletter so you don’t miss any important dates or information.

Here are a few pix from the 2022 Festival!

The WCWF swag bags were amazing! Thank you to all the Fantastic sponsors!
This is Faye and Jim on Friday night of the Festival.
To see all the hard work come together and feel the energy in the room was amazing.

Below we have Mike Arcand (center), Owner/Operator of The Raven’s Oddities, the sponsor of the WCWFestival Writing Contest. The entire list of winners is on the website under the Contest Tab.

Also on stage is Kara Antifeau (R) the WCWFestival Contest Co-ordinator.

Here are some of the winners who were able to also make it to the Festival.

Johanna van Zantan (2021 1st place contest winner received free entry to WCWF this year) with Festival organizers Faye and Jim.
Here, Jim is chatting with Douglas and McIntyre’s Anna O’Keeffe who took pitches via Zoom in the Zoom Room. This was an in-person event but necessary to zoom a few people in.

A little bit of wine at the Wine Country Writers’ Festival. Thank you Time Winery.

More pix to come soon. Save the dates for next year. Stay in touch.

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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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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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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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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

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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. ❤️

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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.

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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.