Word on the  Lake Writers’ Festival runs from Friday evening, May 11 through to Sunday, May 13, 2018. 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, May 1st, 2018. 
  • 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. 
  • ASKEW’S FOODS WORD ON THE LAKE WRITING CONTEST Click here for more information

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

Friday, May 11th

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 7:00pm  

Balmoral Room

Admission is by name tag

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

Saturday, May 12th

REGISTRATION 7:30-8:30am

Hotel Entrance Foyer 

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

WORKSHOPS 9:20am-5:00pm

Workshop Schedule & descriptions will be posted later in a printable pdf format. 

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

Appointments necessary BOOK EARLY. Schedule & Participating Presenters TBA 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 May 1st 2018 at Hidden Gems Bookstore, 331 (D) Alexander St NE, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1E7 or buy them online ( after May 1st 2018)


All Sunday Events take place at Okanagan  College

Sunday, May 21st 

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

Student Lounge

CONVERSATION WITH ….? (TBA) 9:30am-10:30am

Room #130 more info…

WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS

Workshop Schedule & descriptions will be posted later in a printable pdf format. 

Free DrawFESTIVAL CLOSING 2:00pm

Room #130

The collection of feedback forms and a prize draw

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