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Something’s coming, something big!

No, it’s not a movie, it’s the Annual Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival that takes place April 29 to May 1 at beautiful Sorrento Centre.

The last newsletter introduced one-half of the slate of accomplished authors and word industry presenters: Gail Anderson-Dargatz, Kelley Armstrong, Anna Comfort O’Keefe, Charles Demers and Dr. Norma Dunning.

Here is the other half of the stellar cast:

Scott Fitzgerald Gray is a writer of fantasy and speculative fiction, a fiction editor, a story editor and an editor and designer of roleplaying games — all of which means he finally has the job he really wanted when he was 16.

Anne Fleming is a B.C. fiction writer, poet, and children’s author whose writing has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award, the Journey Prize, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, and the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. She teaches at UBC’s Okanagan Campus.

Kat Montagu‘s latest book came out in paperback in December 2020 and was an Amazon Bestseller in three categories within a few days. It is now being used to teach screenwriting all over the world. Kat works as a screenwriter in the film and TV industry and as a screenwriting instructor in diploma and degree programs.

Ed Peekeekoot is a skilled and seasoned performer. His performances range from blazing guitar work to foot-stomping fiddle and haunting Native flute – all sprinkled with his Cree humour and philosophy. He takes people on a wildly varied musical journey from country folk to a touch of classical and jazz.

Jacqueline Turner is the author of a book of poetic philosophy that critics call, “a quiet tornado: riveting, expansive, and profoundly moving on multiple levels.”

She is a writing specialist at Emily Carr University of Art + Design where her research investigates the role of generous curiosity in creating conditions for collaboration.

Ian Weir is a multiple award-winning playwright, screenwriter, TV showrunner and novelist. His first full-length play, The Idler, won a Jessie Award for Best New Play in 1987 and went on to several other productions across Canada. Discovering that he seemed to be doing this full-time, he has since written more than a dozen plays and has been produced internationally.

Sam Wiebe is the award-winning author of the Wakeland novels, one of the most authentic and acclaimed detective series in Canada. Wiebe’s work has won the Crime Writers of Canada award and the Kobo Emerging Writers prize and been shortlisted for the Edgar, Hammett, Shamus, and City of Vancouver book prizes. His original film/tv projects have been optioned and his short stories have appeared in a variety of places.

don’t miss this amazing event that will be held in the stunning natural South Shuswap setting.

Learn more about all the presenters and get details of the festival online at

And, while you are there, register for the festival. Early registration and the savings that go with it end on April 10.

And registering by that date comes with the opportunity to win a beautiful gift basket containing $200 worth of local products. The draw will take place on April 11. Regular Registration continues until April 24.





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