Hotels in the Area of WCWF 2022

I’ve received many emails asking about where to stay in September for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival.

According to many event coordinators, this summer and fall is the time of cancelled and missed events. The phones are ringing off the hook and things are being booked quickly.

Just think of all those young couples who put their weddings off for two years, and of course the WCWF! We’ve had the hotel book since 2019!!

The entire Wine Country Writers’ Festival will be held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. The venue is modern, clean, and offering a rate of $169** per night (this is for 2 queen beds), but you must tell them that you’re a registered guest of WCWF.

**Please enquire about extra charges like taxes and parking.

Here are some pictures of the hotel and it’s location at the end of Main Street Penticton, right on Okanagan Lake.

Phone the hotel DIRECT at 1-250-493-8221 to secure a room. (If you use the 1-800 # then you’ll end up with a central reservation system that isn’t located in Penticton and they’ll know nothing about the WCWF).

If the hotel is full, then you can take a look at some other hotels in the area. These are completely separate from the WCWF, have not been checked, and info is provided only for your information.

Days Inn Penticton (250) 980-3952 –10 minute walk

Penticton Ramada  (250) 492-8926 –15- 20 minute walk

Best Western Penticton  (250) 493-0311 –10 minute drive

There are also many Air BnB’s in the area and even some camping… The key is thinking forward and booking for September.

So that’s a good place to start, otherwise google and search. 🤗


Open for Early Bird Registration and WCWF Writing Contest.

Get Ready… September 23 and 24, 2022 the WCWF is ON! Register Now!

It’s with great excitement that Jim Jackson and Faye Arcand declare the Early Bird Registration and Writing Contest for 2022 officially OPEN!

Blue Pencils included with registration fee on a first come, first serve basis.

The cost of registration includes

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Workshops
  • Panels
  • Private event wine tasting
  • Door Prizes
  • Readings
  • Blue Pencil
  • Pitch
  • Private Market Place
  • and so much more….

Register early so you’re not disappointed.

There are TWO Scholarship Passes available. Please contact Faye Arcand wcwfestival@gmail.com for further information.


We’re Half Way Through April! You Know What That Means…

Hi Everyone. I have some information and a few updates for you today.

Check out the Federation of BC and Yukon Writers Summit…Happening NOW

First of all, one of supporters, The Federation of BC Writers (FBCW), are currently hosting the BC Writers Summit and registration is open. You can check it out HERE.

A rep from the FBCW will be joining us in Penticton in September for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival. We’re very excited to have them on board and let them share all the different ways they support writers.

Registration for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival will open April 25, 2022.

Cost will be $139C and you’ll have to pay by PayPal or E-transfer. This is an early bird price and will provide access for Opening of Festival, Keynote, Festival kick off, readings from the presenters. There will be a no host bar. That price also covers workshops all the next day, wine tasting, shopping, panels, slush…omg… Perhaps we’ll even sing a bit…lol. It’s going to be pretty dang awesome.

Number will be limited.

The Writing Contest will also open on April 25, 2022.

Sharpen those pencils! Entry fee is $15 for one or 2 for $25

You can enter in short fiction, short nonfiction, or poetry.

Prizes are $150 for 1st Place. $75 for 2nd. and $50 for 3rd.

Check the Contest page for all the details, lengths restrictions, and dates.

Good Luck!!

A few other things….

If you have a published book that you’d like to display on the Book Bar, you’ll get that opportunity again this year.

The price is only $10 Canadian.

  • Maximum three books.
  • Payment is required at the time of purchase.
  • You’ll need to supply the genre
  • book jacket
  • the links
  • and a one sentence max description of your book.
  • This will stay online through to the New Year and promoted through the holiday season.
  • Payment is only via PayPal or E-transfer.
  • Coming soon…

Also coming soon….

SideBar Sponsors.

If you want to promote your book, your magazine, your website, your store, your gallery, your singing career…whatever… one of the best ways to get the word out there is through sponsorship and sharing.

You do not need to be a participant in WCWF to do a SideBar Sponsor, but the organizers reserve the right to final decision of inclusion.

This year we’ll be offering anyone the opportunity to be a sponsor for WCWF.

There will be categories you can choose from and be recognized for.

More info coming… soon…very soon.

We hope you’re enjoying the Easter long weekend.

We’ll be in touch soon.


Keynote Set for Friday September 23rd, 2022…

Hi Everyone.

Registration, not only for the Festival, but also the WCWF Writing Contest opens in just over two weeks.

Have you been working on your short stories and poetry? I hope so!

This year, we’re so excited to be meeting in person. We thought we’d inform you of our Keynote Speaker and reveal the rest of the Presenters on April 25th.

The Keynote Speaker for Wine Country Writers’ Festival for 2022 is Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band.

Chief Louie has recently written a book and will be sharing his experiences with everyone at the Opening Ceremonies at the Lakeside on September 23rd. We thank him for his generosity of time and expertise.

Chief Louie has spoken all over the world about his best lessons learned and his life experience. We are humbled to have him come to Penticton to speak to the writers attending the WCWF.

His book Rez Rules published by *McClelland & Stewart

*(my apologies I put the wrong publisher. It is now correct.)


Registration Opens in Less than a Month

Hi All. Just a quick update to let you know the shaking and groovin’ behind the scenes is still going full throttle.

We’re working hard to make Wine Country Writers’ Festival (WCWF) a fun, informative, and buzz worthy event–all for you!

It’s shaping up to be a one-of-a-kind event that isn’t your typical writing festival.

Remember we are intentionally “boutique” in nature. This means we’re dedicated to providing the networking opportunity, as well as, work-shops, speakers, readings, and of course … a sip or two of wine.

Sponsor and supporter of WCWF–Thank You!

So keep your eyes open everyone! Registration will open the afternoon of April 25th, 2022. Early Bird pricing will be in effect for a very short period of time.

Stay tuned….


Deadline LOOMING….

The deadline for REGISTRATION is NOON pst Monday September 20, 2021

There is ONE 6-minute PITCH SPOT still available with Sam Hiyate. Cost $25

Here are some TIPS for pitching. Take a look.

There is TWO BLUE PENCIL SPOTS still available. Cost is $15

We are nearing capacity for The FREE Saturday Workshops.

Master Class has spots Available. Cost is $20

Get your BLUE PENCIL submissions in if you haven’t already! And… Don’t forget to submit to the SLUSH and A QUERY LETTER (the query letter only applies to the Master Class).

And don’t forget to plan your day. Here’s the SCHEDULE.

Remember too that this week we’ll be busy sending out links for the Friday and Saturday events. There may individual emails through the gmail.com and larger emails to everyone via MailerLite. Please make sure you check your sp*m folders. Don’t hesitate to email if you have a question.

Any questions email: WCWFestival@gmail.com


Slush Pile Update…

There’ve been a few questions about the Slush Pile….

Submit your first page of your story/manuscript: This means a page like you would submit to an agent. It should be double spaced, 12 font Times New Roman.

Pages submitted will be drawn at random and read aloud. As many as possible will be done but be aware that yours may not be read. Random is the thing.

If the panel says stop…

The reader stops…

Critique/discussion starts…What is good? What is not so great? How could it be better?

If you want to discuss your individual work with one of the presenters, sign up for a $15 blue pencil which is a 12 minute one on one of your first few pages (750 word).

Now get those slush pages in….

Remember one page, double spaced….

Send to WCWFestival@gmail.com with SLUSH in subject line or on top of page.


Keynote Speaker…

Hi Everyone! As promised, here is the information on our Keynote Speaker.

Welcome Roark Critchlow!

Roark has generously agreed to give a keynote speech on Friday September 24th. We will learn about his journey from small town guy to Hollywood actor. Check out his bio below and make sure you plan to join us on Friday September 24th for the Keynote before the Master Class.

Roark Critchlow is a Canadian actor and writer. He grew up in Summerland , BC, studied theatre at the University of Victoria and spent 5 years building a theatre and tv career in Vancouver before spending 20 years in Hollywood. 

There he starred on Days of our Lives, Pretty Little Liars, V as well as playing guest star on over 90 productions.  6 years ago he returned to Summerland to spend time with his family and pursue a writing career in earnest.  

He has completed one novel, is working on his second and recently formed a songwriting partnership with Chayce Kennedy. 

Visit his website: (not suitable for children, sensitive readers/viewers) Nonsensical Ravings of a Lunatic Mind

In order to get access to the Keynote and opening Words of Wine Country Writers Festival, you must be registered. The Festival is FREE to attend. Master class, Pitches, Blue Pencil, and Book Bar have fees attached but are at the request of attendees.

More information coming soon…Lots of it!


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

Did you check the schedule? The schedule is jam packed with great presenters!

The last class of Saturday September 24 at 1700-1750 (5pm -5:50pm–PST) will be a SLUSH PILE.

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
Source: Steve Laube Agency

Polish off that first page of your manuscript or story and send it to wcwfestival@gmail.com

Pages will be randomly selected and read to the panel who will then tell everyone their thoughts on the writing, the premise, the hook… How very exciting.

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. Send in those SLUSH PILE SUBMISSIONS to: wcwfestival@gmail.com

Send them now–come on…what are you waiting for?

The other part of the schedule is below or click HERE for the break down.

Remember, even if you’re just doing the FREE classes, you still need to be registered. Space is limited so you best do it now.

Source of cover pic: DrewChialAuthor.com