Can you believe it’s almost the end of October? Time flies. I hope you’re all writing up a storm and of course getting ready for NaNo!
I wanted to update you on the Athens, Greece Retreat in case you missed the newsletter.
The retreat is in April 2023 but in order to secure venue price etc. we’ll need to have registration and a $1000can deposit no later than November 30, 2022.
This can be paid in cash or by credit. The contact info is all HERE
If on November 30, there aren’t a minimum of 15 people committed to going, then the coordinators (myself and Jim) will determine if the trip is still possible from a financial standpoint. If not, deposits will be returned and the retreat cancelled.
Don’t delay. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll answer all your questions OR directly contact the professional booking agent.
The agent will be collecting all the funds and will also be able to book your flight from wherever you need. It is hoped that most flights can be coordinated so that we can all meet at Athens, Greece airport together.
Introducing Kelley Jo Burke who won first place for her short story Everything’s Got a Moral, if Only You Can Find it. She wasn’t able to attend the Festival so sent us these awesome pix when she received her certificate and anthology in the mail.
Huge congratulations to you Kelley Jo! In her recent note to WCWF, Kelley noted that these pix were taken by Eric Eggertson and that she’d see us next September! YAY!!🎉🎉
If you won or placed in the WCWF 2nd Annual Writing Contest, send us a picture with your certificate and anthology. Always celebrate the victories–it’s a big deal!
Brian sent us this picture this morning as he recently received his certificate and anthology.
After coming in second in the fiction category for his short story Lieber’s Report, Brian chose to drive to, and attend, the Wine Country Writers’ Festival. So awesome. We sure hope to see him next year too.
Thanks for sending this Brian!
If you have your certificate and anthology, please send us a pic so we can post it. It’s a big deal to win a writing contest. Don’t under estimate the achievement.
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.
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Here are a few pix from the 2022 Festival!
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.
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.
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:
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.