Does the cost of registration include the hotel room?

  • No. Registration costs are for the festival only.
  • However, you may have free accommodation… if you win the Early Registration Package which includes 2 nights at the Prestige plus other goodies. Value? $475. What a great way to enjoy the festival. Check the closure date for the Early Registration
  • Book your room at the hotel with a special conference discount, while available.
  • Any questions about rooms, parking, or other hotel-related issues should be directed to the front desk.

Does the Prestige offer a festival room rate?

  • Starting at $119 for standard room. Coming with a friend, family member /or? Why not buddy up and split the cost and be able to relax onsite.
  • To book a room you need to phone 1- 250-833-5800 and tell them you are booking for the Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival.
  • Check out the Prestige Harbourfront Resort

Does the Prestige welcome dogs?

  • Yes it does, there may be a small fee. Your dog will be welcomed over the weekend by our CEO – Canine Executive Officer, Sugar the Westie.

The festival takes place in 2 locations. Why is this? How do I get to the college location if I do not have a car?

  • We are fortunate to have the Sunday location, Okanagan College, Salmon Arm campus, provided free of charge.
  • Our presenters all need to be here for at least 2 nights’ accommodation, which is a major expense for us but definitely well worth it!
  • It allows us to provide a day of workshops for you on Sunday without the expense of the hotel’s conference centre.
  • Most of all, it allows us to keep our fees at a reasonable level. We have not raised our fees now for 4 years!
  • We have a band of trusty volunteers who provide taxi service to the college from the hotel and back.

Are the festival venues wheelchair accessible?

  • Yes both the hotel and Okanagan College have wheel chair washroom facilities and level access
  • The hotel has an elevator.
  • Both locations have level parking and special parking slots.

Do I need to sign up for individual workshops?

  • No. Check the workshop descriptions & schedule and attend whatever interests you.
  • There is one exception however: the Masterclass with Jack Whyte requires preselection on the registration form. 12 participants only for this on a first come basis.

Does the festival offer any financial assistance for those who wish to attend but may need a little help?

  • We offer up to 10 Bursaries of $100
  • Please check out the information page on the website

Do we receive confirmation of our registration, and Blue Pencil appointments?

  • You will receive confirmation by email.
  • Your registration package will include a copy.
  • Please remember to send your Blue Pencil sample to your presenter, ahead of time, if requested.
  • It is a good idea to bring a spare copy of your submission with you .
  • The Blue Pencil table can be found in the lobby close to the registration tables.
  • Blue Pencil sessions run concurrently with the workshops, so you may come and go throughout each workshop.
  • The presenters are aware of people having to leave during their workshops. We just ask that you are considerate and depart & return quietly.
  • Please take time to read the Blue Pencil Cafe information

How do I cancel my registration?

  • Email the details to the festival chair at
  • Please carefully check the registration page for cancellation cut-off dates and fees.

I have food allergies. How do I let the organizers know?

  • Please makes sure to check the food allergies section on your registration form
  • We inform the caterer of the types of allergies & how many people have these special needs.
  • Please know however that the sooner we can tell them the better.
  • We cannot guarantee meeting your needs unless we now well ahead of time or if you register on site.

What is the best way to stay up-to-date with changes and new information?

  • Subscribe to our mailing list

    * indicates required
    Email Format

    View previous campaigns.