Today the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Launches… We’re so Excited.

Hi Everyone.

Today is the Master Class at 2:30 PST.

All the links for the Festival Weekend will be sent out today at 2PM (Vancouver, B.C. time).

Check your Email.

Contact me if you haven’t received anything…. remember to check your spam. It will be coming from Jim Jackson.

The email includes links to all rooms and classes.

Please DO NOT share or forward links as it can cause tech problems.

Have a GREAT weekend. LEARN lots. I want to HEAR ALL ABOUT IT!!

Happy Wine Country Writers’ Fest.

Registration is CLOSED. Details Being Ironed Out…

Hi everyone.

The day is coming quickly. Now it’s a matter of details and having things run as smoothly as possible. Isn’t this exciting?!

So, mailers will be going out to the email you provided with your registration. Watch for them.

Specific times for Blue Pencils and Pitches are being Finalized.

Links will be sent the DAY OF …

Any questions? Just email

Looking forward to “meeting” you all on Friday.

Deadline LOOMING….

The deadline for REGISTRATION is NOON pst Monday September 20, 2021

There is ONE 6-minute PITCH SPOT still available with Sam Hiyate. Cost $25

Here are some TIPS for pitching. Take a look.

There is TWO BLUE PENCIL SPOTS still available. Cost is $15

We are nearing capacity for The FREE Saturday Workshops.

Master Class has spots Available. Cost is $20

Get your BLUE PENCIL submissions in if you haven’t already! And… Don’t forget to submit to the SLUSH and A QUERY LETTER (the query letter only applies to the Master Class).

And don’t forget to plan your day. Here’s the SCHEDULE.

Remember too that this week we’ll be busy sending out links for the Friday and Saturday events. There may individual emails through the and larger emails to everyone via MailerLite. Please make sure you check your sp*m folders. Don’t hesitate to email if you have a question.

Any questions email:

Slush Pile Update…

There’ve been a few questions about the Slush Pile….

Submit your first page of your story/manuscript: This means a page like you would submit to an agent. It should be double spaced, 12 font Times New Roman.

Pages submitted will be drawn at random and read aloud. As many as possible will be done but be aware that yours may not be read. Random is the thing.

If the panel says stop…

The reader stops…

Critique/discussion starts…What is good? What is not so great? How could it be better?

If you want to discuss your individual work with one of the presenters, sign up for a $15 blue pencil which is a 12 minute one on one of your first few pages (750 word).

Now get those slush pages in….

Remember one page, double spaced….

Send to with SLUSH in subject line or on top of page.

Keynote Speaker…

Hi Everyone! As promised, here is the information on our Keynote Speaker.

Welcome Roark Critchlow!

Roark has generously agreed to give a keynote speech on Friday September 24th. We will learn about his journey from small town guy to Hollywood actor. Check out his bio below and make sure you plan to join us on Friday September 24th for the Keynote before the Master Class.

Roark Critchlow is a Canadian actor and writer. He grew up in Summerland , BC, studied theatre at the University of Victoria and spent 5 years building a theatre and tv career in Vancouver before spending 20 years in Hollywood. 

There he starred on Days of our Lives, Pretty Little Liars, V as well as playing guest star on over 90 productions.  6 years ago he returned to Summerland to spend time with his family and pursue a writing career in earnest.  

He has completed one novel, is working on his second and recently formed a songwriting partnership with Chayce Kennedy. 

Visit his website: (not suitable for children, sensitive readers/viewers) Nonsensical Ravings of a Lunatic Mind

In order to get access to the Keynote and opening Words of Wine Country Writers Festival, you must be registered. The Festival is FREE to attend. Master class, Pitches, Blue Pencil, and Book Bar have fees attached but are at the request of attendees.

More information coming soon…Lots of it!

Have You Planned Your Classes? Don’t Forget the Slush Pile!

Did you check the schedule? The schedule is jam packed with great presenters!

The last class of Saturday September 24 at 1700-1750 (5pm -5:50pm–PST) will be a SLUSH PILE.

What’s a slush pile? Wikipedia does a great job of defining it as follows:

In publishing, a slush pile is a set of unsolicited query letters or manuscripts that have either been directly sent to a publisher by an author, or which have been delivered via a literary agent representing the author who may or may not be familiar to the publisher.

as per Wikipedia
Source: Steve Laube Agency

Polish off that first page of your manuscript or story and send it to

Pages will be randomly selected and read to the panel who will then tell everyone their thoughts on the writing, the premise, the hook… How very exciting.

This means you can hear the good and perhaps the not-so-good, of each reading. Learn from the different styles, voices, and techniques. Listen to what the expert panel has to say.

This is an opportunity for anonymous feedback from industry professionals. Send in those SLUSH PILE SUBMISSIONS to:

Send them now–come on…what are you waiting for?

The other part of the schedule is below or click HERE for the break down.

Remember, even if you’re just doing the FREE classes, you still need to be registered. Space is limited so you best do it now.

Source of cover pic:

The Schedule is Here…

Hi everyone. I know you want to plan your time so here are the schedules for Friday September 24 and Saturday September 25. While the times are all in place there could be some shifting of workshops as we get closer to the event.

Friday September 24 will begin at 2:30 PM PST

On Friday, everyone is invited to the opening of the Festival and the Evening Social.

Saturday September 25, 2021 Please join us for the FREE workshops. There will be two classes running at the same time.

Pitches and Blue Pencils will be in a break away room between 11:50- 1300 so you don’t need to miss any classes. Individuals will be informed of their specific times as we get closer to the event.

More information will be coming very soon. Stay tuned…

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email


The Schedule is Coming Soon…

Can you believe that we’re almost at the end of August? Wow… September seemed so far off but not any longer which means the Wine Country Writing Festival is right around the corner.

Stay tuned because there’ll be a lot of news coming up over the next couple of weeks.

The Schedule…

First we want to let you know that we’re working now on the FREE Saturday Sessions workshop schedule!

It’s our goal to get this out by September 01, 2021 so everyone can begin to plan their day.

If You’re Doing a Blue Pencil…

Start polishing off those first few pages so they can be submitted PRIOR to the event. The presenter who is doing your blue pencil will need time to read and make notes.

If you haven’t signed up for a blue pencil, there are still a few spots left and cost is $15 for 12 minute session.

What’s a Blue Pencil? Click HERE

If You’re Submitting a Query Letter for Critique in the Master Class…

Get your query letter all ready for a professional opinion. These will be read and critiqued by agent Sam Hiyate for the Master Class.

This can be done anonymously if you want.

If you want to join the Master Class…

The Master Class will be on Friday September 24th.

Cost is $20. There are a few spots still available if you want to attend.

Until next time, keep writing! More information will be coming soon. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email:

(Header Picture Source: Unsplash: Jess Bailey)

Clock is Tick Tocking… Get Those Contest Entries In…

Hi All.

There’s been a bit of confusion about submitting the entries for the Wine Country Writers’ Festival Contest.

  1. Pay for your entry through this email: This can be E-Transfer or PayPal. Special passwords or codes are not required. In the notes section make sure the author name is written to avoid confusion (sometimes others do the transfer).
  2. Cost is $15 for one entry or $25 for TWO.
  3. You DO NOT have to attend or signup for the Festival or classes in order to enter the contest.
  4. Once you’ve sent the entry fee, SEND YOUR ENTRY TO:
  5. You will get a confirmation that it’s been received.
  6. The Contest Coordinator will process the entry to ensure it’s in the correct group.
  7. Please include:

Cover/Information Page: this is to be included with your entry as page one. It will include: Title as it appears on your manuscript, author’s legal name (no pseudonyms , address, email address, phone number, category entered, and word count.

Contest closes on SUNDAY AUGUST 15, 2021 AT 2359 PST

If you have any questions or concerns, contact me (Faye) at

Thanks All!