Updates and News

UPDATES and NEWS

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

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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!

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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!!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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!

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Meet Brian Davidson. Second place winner of the WCWF 2nd Annual Writing Contest! Congratulations!

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.

Send to wcwfestival@gmail.com

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What’s Next for WCW Fesitval?

Now that the 2022 Festival has been wrapped up until next September… You marked the dates, right?… we, Jim Jackson and Faye Arcand, are shifting to the WCW Community.

The WCW Community takes us out of Festival mode for a while and into other aspects of the writing community. This will mean retreats, summits, teaching and other great community effort things in line with the Wine Country Writers mission and brand.

Our first WCW Community event is a writers’ retreat to Athens, Greece.

This will happen in April 2023 and be limited to 15-20 like-minded individuals.

The price is $4299 Canadian (depending on exchange rate this is approx: $3200usd) and includes:

  • 5* hotel (double occupancy) near Acropolis
  • breakfast every morning
  • lunches included on workshop days
  • Greek food tour
  • tour of Acropolis
  • three unique workshops on writing (one with guest author and agent Jonas Saul)
  • farewell dinner Greek family style
  • peace and quiet to write and create.
  • and SO much more.

Don’t wait to book. Email wcwfestival@gmail.com and we’ll answer any of your questions and direct you to a professional for booking.

Airfare, insurance, and medical are not included.

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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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Sunday Wine Tour

On Sunday, September 25th join us for a wine tour down to the Oliver Wine Village.

Though this is not an official part of the Wine Country Writers’ Festival we will facilitate the van transport from the Lakeside to the Village and return.

Cost is $41 (transport and gst included)which must be paid before.

This is an opportunity to sample more wines and even a craft brewery. Space is limited to 14 in one van but another can be commissioned.

If you’re interested please email wcwfestival@gmail.com and put WINE TOUR in the subject line.

$41 is the cost of transportation only and does not include any of the wine tasting.

The wine tasting costs vary per winery. Please check the website.

Thank you.