Registration opens April 7th and closes April 21st, 2024
Early Bird registration March 1st – April 6th

Early Bird registration – $295
(Includes Café Lit, lunch on Saturday, and all Sunday events)
SAW members and seniors’ Early Bird registration$270
(Includes Café Lit, lunch on Saturday, and all Sunday events)
Regular full registration until April 21st – $325
(Includes Café Lit, lunch on Saturday and all Sunday events)

Saturday only$225
(Includes lunch & workshops)
Saturday evening Banquet$70
only 80 tickets are available
(Includes food, entertainment, Writing Contest Awards)
Cafe Lit$30
Public event. No registrant fee
onsite payment available, no-host bar Includes readings, musical entertainment, and snacks)

Let’s keep in touch

– we send out occasional emails filled with great information


To help offset the costs of the festival for students, others with lower incomes, or those in temporary circumstances which create financial need, the festival is offering up to ten bursaries of $120 each.

To apply for a bursary, you need to pay the full fee in advance, and complete the application below explaining your need.

DOWNLOAD: 2024 Application for Bursary

Refund Policy

The Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival will provide full refunds, less a $50 processing fee, for cancellation up to April 15th of the current conference year.

Refunds will be made, less a $75 processing fee, for cancellations between April 16th and April 25th  

No refunds will be provided for cancellation after April 25th because all costs, including meals etc will have been paid for and are non-refundable to us.