Word on the  Lake Writers’ Festival runs from Friday evening, May 10th through to Sunday, May 12, 2019. Sessions will include both skill development workshops and open forums with authors based on questions and answers in an intimate setting. 

  • BURSARIES are once again available: for guidelines and to apply Click here for more information
  • TABLE RENTALS are available for those authors, from outside our local area, wishing to sell books etc, Cost $35. Please contact us by email festival.saow@gmail.com no later than Tuesday April 30th, 2019.
  • LOCAL AUTHORS’ TABLE You are welcome to sell your books at the festival. SAW will provide a ‘local authors’ table free of charge. Please bring your books and share the space; meet your fellow local writers and meet the presenters. Please contact us at festival.saow@gmail.com to let us know if you wish to sell your books no later than April 15th, 2019
  • ASKEW’S FOODS WORD ON THE LAKE WRITING CONTEST Click here for more information

Download/print:  (available soon)

  ♦  2019 Full Festival Schedule [PDF]  ♦  2019 Workshop descriptions (alphabetical) [PDF]


All Friday & Saturday events will take place at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort and Convention Centre

Friday, May 10th

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION Friday evening 3:30-6:00 pm

Hotel Entrance Foyer 

CAFÉ LIT – MEET THE PRESENTERS & ENJOY THEM READING FROM THEIR PUBLISHED WORKS Friday evening 7:00 – 10:00pm  

Balmoral Room

Admission is by name tag

Open to the public – $20.00 a ticket ($2.00 discount for SAW members.)

Saturday, May 11th

REGISTRATION 7:30-8:30am

Hotel Entrance Foyer 

OPENING & KEYNOTE 8:45am-9:15am

WORKSHOPS 9:20am-5:00pm

See Workshop Schedule & descriptions 

BLUE PENCIL CAFÉ SATURDAY 9:30am-5:00 pm in Grandview. FREE

Appointments necessary BOOK EARLY. Schedule & Participating Presenters more info…. 

KIDSWRITE AWARDS CEREMONY  3:30pm-5:00pm

BOOK SIGNING Hotel Entrance Foyer 5:00pm-6:00pm

Open to the Public

BANQUET 7:00pm Balmoral Room

 Buffet Dinner, Entertainment (to be announced) plus the Writing Contest Awards

Open to the public.
Public Banquet Tickets: Cost $50 includes Buffet Dinner & Entertainment. Available from April 19th 2019 at Hidden Gems Bookstore, 331 (D) Alexander St NE, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1E7 or buy them online after April 19th 2019.


All Sunday Events take place at Okanagan  College

Sunday, May 12th 

FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST & SOCIAL TIME 8:15am-9:15am

Student Lounge

CONVERSATION WITH … TBA  9:30am-10:30am Room #130

WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS

Workshop Schedule & Descriptions

Free DrawFESTIVAL CLOSING 2:00pm

Room #130

The collection of feedback forms and a prize draw

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