Thank you for making the 2019 Festival such a great success.

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Here is a selection of feedback comments on the 2019 Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival


  • Star studded list of presenters. They all brought something special and relevant. Thank you Linda Kidder/ Bill Stenson/ Kat Montagu/ Brenda Baker Judy Millar… loved your workshops.
  • Kat Montagu in Conversation with… EXCELLENT.
  • Writing Contest…please have the writers if there read their own stuff! (3 times)
  • Finding you funny bone… this was a totally different perspective! I have just become aware of the power of humour.
  • Linda Kidder was a real star for me.
  • Excellent media coverage. Mingling time greatly appreciated. The presenters were great… not off in cliques.
  • Norma Charles gave me inspiration for my next novel.
  • Jonas Saul was an amazing source of information…made me consider self publishing.
  • Excellent price for this top-class festival!
  • Great to have time to actually do some networking and chatting with people.
  • Need a better system for accessing buffet for wheelchair attendees. (WE HEAR YOU AND WILL WORK ON THIS FOR 2020.THANK YOU FOR TELLING US.)
  • Food was great, some of the beef was tough though. Special thank you for the attention paid to gluten free and veg. requests.
  • Linda Kidder-letting in the Muse loved the creative song building exercise. Fresh, creatively stimulating.
  • Brenda Baker Fiction from Fact resonant nugget was brilliant. I will be using this in my future work. Thought provoking.
  • Norma Charles Character development … great.
  • Coffee break in Café Lit was too long. (AGREE WILL BE SHORTER NEXT YEAR)
  • The mix of an Agent, a Film expert, a songwriter, an editor, a self-publishing guru, genres covering humour, children, YA, mystery, memoir and poetry all topped off by Café Lit and the Saturday night entertainers Brenda, WordChickz and Linda gave the festival a flavor of learning, sharing, laughter and making new friends.


  • Anthony Dalton: This was my 4th. time and I must say it gets better every time. Word on the Lake was my best weekend this year.
  • Robert Mackwood: This is one of the best organized author festivals I’ve attended in the province and can understand why it is so popular.
  • Jonas Saul: I had a great time. Well organized. Thank you all.
  • WordChickz: We were warmly welcomed, assisted with all our needs and even pampered. The truffles in our room was a lovely touch.
  • Bill Stenson: What an amazing festival! You had everything down to an art.If anyone aske me what it takes to organize a successful literary festival I’ll tell them to contact Word on the Lake. You guys are the best.
  • Karen Autio: Heartfelt thanks for the warm welcome, dedication, attention to detail….it was a wonderful experience! The truffles were divine
  • Gail Bowen: Thank you all. I know how much effort goes into producing an event that seems as effortlessly smooth as this festival.
  • Kat Montagu: Thank you for a fantastic weekend.
  • Linda Kidder: Thank you, thank you for inviting me to such a fabulous festival.
  • Nancy Bell: Stellar! Loved the experience. Ask me back anytime.
  • Brenda Baker: Thanks for all your hard work and hospitality.
  • Norma Charles: I had a wonderful time. Thank you. I’d like to congratulate you and your committee for an EXCELLENT festival. Everything was so well organized, right down to the last detail.

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