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2nd Annual Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival

April 7, 8 and 9, 2017

Please CLICK the poster for a PDF file of last year’s 2016 Conference programme

2nd Annual Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival

$250.00 $225.00

The 2016 Okanagan Valley Writers’ Festival was so much fun, we’re doing it again! Mark your calendars for April 7, 8 and 9, 2017.

The Okanagan Valley Festival is all about helping individuals learn more about the craft and the business of writing, and to connect with people who can help them succeed. The presenters are professionals working in the business and are there to help individuals achieve their writing goals.

The registration includes:
-All meals from Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch
-4 Concurrent workshops (at least 4 choices in each workshop time slot)
-2 Panel discussions
-Entertainment on Friday evening (with snacks)
-Bookstore privileges
The early bird cost for the festival is $225 until Jan 31, 2017.

Most of our presenters will stay with us throughout the event, and some will offer extras during the daytime on Friday, or on Sunday afternoon. These extra sessions are not included in the registration prices above, and are set by the presenters themselves. Extras may include one-on-one critiques or in-depth workshops. For current information about presenters, extras, and our schedule, please visit the event’s website:

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Ryga Festival

In Summerland, inspired by George Ryga




The Ryga Festival Society is holding a 10-minute new play competition and invites writers in the greater Okanagan Valley to submit their original, unproduced short plays.
There are cash prizes for the top three plays (first prize, $100) and winning plays will be performed at a showcase during the Ryga Festival in Summerland, Sept 1-4, 2017.
There are categories for adults, 18 years and up, and for youth, under 18.   Deadline for submitting the play is May 31, 2017 and winners will be announced around July 15, 2017.
Writers must reside within the geographical area of the Okanagan Regional Library System, which extends from Princeton in the south to Golden in the north.  (See map Penticton, of course, is included.
Started in 2016 as the Marginal Arts Festival, the renamed Ryga Festival will take place in Summerland on Labour Day Weekend,  September 1 – 4, 2017.  Details will be posted on


For further information please e-mail  Don Gayton or
Peter Hay
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Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival

May 19th to May 21st

 We are excited to announce our list of fantastic presenters for the 2017 Word On The Lake Writers’ Festival.

Word on the Lake Writing Contest Rules and Guidelines 2017

Register online

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