Writing Festivals Are Seriously Fun, Informative, and Inspirational

Hi All.

Last weekend I attended the Word on the Lake writing festival in Salmon Arm, British Columbia. What a fun time!

There’s something special about being surrounded by writers and like-minded individuals.

Some of those people are a bit… idk… different! But what a great place to be different.

L to R: WCWF Jim Jackson. WCWF Faye Arcand. Writer/presenter/all round good guy: Andrew Buckley

I learned a lot and was inspired by several of the guests and presenters attending the Festival.

We’re so excited for Wine Country Writers’ Festival 2023!

This year, there’s a great line up of presenters and industry professionals who’ll be there to help you through the different stages of writing and answer all your questions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to pitch your novel to publishers and even an agent or two… Keep watching.

So get ready, we’re almost ready to open registration… check the countdown clock!


Registration opens at noon on May 31, 2023


Pitch To A Publisher… No Agent Required.

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Pexels.com

Writing festivals are such a great time to meet new friends, network, and build your community, but it’s also a time to connect with professionals who can help your writing career.

We have publishers Zoooooming in to the Wine Country Writers’ Festival to take pitches for your books and creative works.

Keep an eye on the webpage and make sure you’re all signed up to receive the newsletter so you don’t miss any news.

We have publishers who specialize in:

  • children’s books
  • middle grade
  • young adult fiction
  • poetry
  • literary nonfiction
  • fiction
  • BC regional nonfiction
  • queer women’s fiction/nonfiction/poetry
  • trans fiction/nonfiction/poetry
  • and more….

One pitch is included in the WCWFest registration fee and filled on a first come/first serve basis.

Stay tuned for more…

Don’t Forget to Enter the Writing Contest

The writing contest is now open.

Check HERE for more information. It’s only $15 per entry or 2 for $25 if entered at same time.


Soon you’ll be able to see all the presenters and information on the website. More is being added and updated every day.

Do You Want Your Book on the Book Bar?

Have you got a published book that you’d like everyone to know about? Put it on the WCWF Virtual Book Bar.

Cost is only $10 for one to three books. Check HERE and email for more information as required.


Keep working on your books and projects. Talk soon.


The WCWFestival Writing Contest Opens in THREE Days….

Hi Everyone!

Oh, it’s getting so close. The contest is almost open. Make sure you contact Kara at WCWFcontest@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

There’s a lot happening to get ready for the Festival so make sure you subscribe to the newsletter. One went out today so check your email.

Get those stories and poems submitted.


Note These Important Dates

Hello everyone!

The planning and behind the scenes work for Wine Country Writers’ Festival 2023 is well underway.

The 3rd Annual WCWF Writing Contest Opens at noon on March 29 and closes on June 30, 2023

So mark that calendar and get those stories done.

Here are some pix of past winners!

Remember if you were a first place winner in 2022, your registration for this year is waived. Remember to still fill in the registration form when it opens though so we have your name etc. for the badges and such.

Which of course leads right into REGISTRATION.

Can you believe that we’re going into our third year already?

Plan to be with us for

September 22/23/24, 2023 at the Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. Blocks of rooms have been put aside. Please ask for the Festival Rate.

Plan your weekend. Friday we will start around 3:30, then full day Saturday, and until mid to late afternoon (start and end times will be specified by registration opening. This is just to give you an idea so you can plan.)

Registration will open noon May 31, 2023 with the Early Bird Registration being $189.

At midnight of August 01, 2023, the Registration will increase to $219.

We have many exciting and dynamic presenters coming to share their stories and knowledge with us, and some exciting new programing too.

Make sure you following the Newsletter if you’re not already.


So What do You Think About Going to Greece?

As the winter months start to close in on us, we’re all tucked in and keeping warm, but April 2023 will come quickly.

That of course is the planned writing retreat to Athens, Greece.

If you’re interested please make sure you register and contact the agent at Banks Travel to make a deposit.

You can take a look at the registration form HERE

If there is insufficient interest then the trip will be cancelled and deposits returned.

Stay warm and stay in touch.

Any questions just drop us an email at wcwfestival@gmail.com


Let’s Retreat to Write…

Hi Everyone.

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 wcwfestival@gmail.com 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.

Have a great day!


Meet Kelley Jo Burke! First Place in the WCWF Fiction Category. Congratulations!

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!