Updates and News


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….


Happy March Everyone! This September Wine Country Writers’ Festival Will be Live!

Hello and Happy March!

After a long two year hiatus we’ll finally be meeting live in Penticton, British Columbia for the September 23/24 Wine Country Writers’ Festival.

The phones are ringing and the elves (that would be me and Jim) are getting everything in order for the event.

Watch for April 25th!!


Well …

  • The Guests of Honour and Presenters will be Announced!
  • The Judges for this years WCWF Writing Contest will be announced.
  • Registration will open! Whoop Whoop!!

How can it get much better than that?

Well, I’m glad you asked…

Meet our newest sponsor! Did I hear there’d be wine tasting? Hmm…

Time Family of Wine is located on Martin Street in Penticton, British Columbia. We’re so excited to have them on board with Wine Country Writers’ Festival. They will be playing an integral part of our Festival.

If you’re in the local area, you can stop for lunch or a wine tasting experience. Tell them we sent you.

The Festival this year will take place at The Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre. A block of rooms has been put aside for our guests.

Please book very soon as things are filling up very quickly. With restrictions being lifted, live events are all the rage and the hotel is booking rooms very quickly.

Tell the reservations desk that you’re attending the Wine Country Writers’ Festival and you’ll be given the discounted rate of $170 for a standard two queen bed room.

The Penticton Lakeside Hotel and Conference Centre: Phone: (250) 493-8221

In the coming weeks there will be many posts to inform you all of the goings on and what to expect.

Right now, the important thing will be to register as soon as possible and book your room.

Follow this blog for further information.

Talk soon.


Deadline Looming…

Just a quick reminder.

If you want to order the Wine Country Writers’ Festival first ever Contest Anthology then now is the time.

Deadline for orders to receive by Christmas is NOVEMBER 30, 2021!

E-transfer only to WCWFestival@gmail.com

If order is coming from outside of Canada. Please contact us.

Order now…


Order Your Anthology Now

Hi All.

The first ever Wine Country Writer’s Festival Anthology is now complete and ready for order.

If you’d like a copy before Christmas then orders need to be made and paid for BY NOVEMBER 30, 2021 for Canada

Cost is $18 each.

For orders outside of Canada, please notify us.

Payment will be by E-Transfer to wcwfestival@gmail.com

Questions welcome to the same email.

Remember too, to check out the BOOK BAR for Christmas gifts. Support our authors.

Thanks All.


WCWF Anthology

Hi All. Well, we’ve come through the other side of the Festival. A month has now passed and loose ends are almost tied up.

The Anthology will be ready before Christmas.

The price is $18 each.

Payment can be sent via e-transfer to:


Don’t hesitate to email me at the same email address if you have any questions. Remember we’ll need your full name and address along with the payment.

Pictures Please…

If you have any pictures from the Festival or with your writing contest certificate–please forward them so we can put them on the website! We’d love to see and display them online.

Just So You Know…

We’ve gone through the feedback forms. You’re all amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to do that.

With the feedback forms we can only get better.

This year there were a few glitches and definitely things we hadn’t anticipated, but with your help we’ll be able to correct those and charge forward with the best Okanagan writing event!

The Book Bar…

The Book Bar will continue to be online and promoted monthly. Please check it out and support your fellow authors.

See you soon.


Congratulations to All the WCWF Writing Contest Winners!

With full congratulations, the winners for the inaugural Wine Country Writers’ Festival Writing Contest were: 

POETRY— Judged by Josephine LoRe

FIRST PLACE: “There Will Be Moths” by Linda Hatfield

SECOND PLACE: “August” by Sally Quon

THIRD PLACE:  “evolution of the word ll” by Laurie Anne Fuhr

HONOURABLE MENTION: “From the Garden” by Leanne Shirtliffe

NON-FICTION: Judged by Simone Blais

FIRST PLACE:  Prejudice and Necrotizing Enterocolitis by Johanna Van Zanten

SECOND PLACE: Stan: Alone in the Attic by Cherie Hanson

THIRD PLACE: Eocene Walk by Donald Gayton

FICTION:  Judged by Lorna Schultz Nicholson

FIRST PLACE: The Rhee Family by Finnian Burnett

SECOND PLACE: Fat Friday by Garry Litke

THIRD PLACE: Sweet Michael Sky by Andrea Heidebrecht 

HONOURABLE MENTION: The Day Jesus Came to Work by Svea Beson

The Anthology is $18 and can be purchased via e-transfer or PayPal to WCWFestival@gmail.com


Today the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Launches… We’re so Excited.

Hi Everyone.

Today is the Master Class at 2:30 PST.

All the links for the Festival Weekend will be sent out today at 2PM (Vancouver, B.C. time).

Check your Email.

Contact me if you haven’t received anything…. remember to check your spam. It will be coming from Jim Jackson.

The email includes links to all rooms and classes.

Please DO NOT share or forward links as it can cause tech problems.

Have a GREAT weekend. LEARN lots. I want to HEAR ALL ABOUT IT!!

Happy Wine Country Writers’ Fest.


Registration is CLOSED. Details Being Ironed Out…

Hi everyone.

The day is coming quickly. Now it’s a matter of details and having things run as smoothly as possible. Isn’t this exciting?!

So, mailers will be going out to the email you provided with your registration. Watch for them.

Specific times for Blue Pencils and Pitches are being Finalized.

Links will be sent the DAY OF …

Any questions? Just email WCWFestival@gmail.com

Looking forward to “meeting” you all on Friday.