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Calling all writers and readers.

After two long years, the Word on the Lake Writers Festival is going live in a beautiful new venue. And it’s just 40 days away, from April 29 to May 1 at Sorrento Centre.

The Shuswap Association of Writers has assembled a stellar cast of presenters and, as always, the festival will include both skill development workshops and open forums based on questions and answers – in a relaxed and intimate setting.

Here’s the first half of the not-to-be-missed presenters:

National and international award-winning author Gail Anderson-Dargatz writes best-selling books in several different genres. It is not uncommon for her to have several books underway at a time.

Gail, who mentors writers and hosts courses and edits on her website, will be a keynote speaker and share her knowledge in two workshops.

Kelley Armstrong has published 31 fantasy novels to date. She has also published three middle-grade fantasy novels  and is the author of three crime novels. She has also written several serial novellas and short stories, some of which are available free from her website.

After graduating from UBC in 2000 with a degree in philosophy, Anna Comfort O’Keeffe came to the position of publisher at Douglas & McIntyre with nearly 20 years’ experience in the publishing industry. In 2020, she assumed the role of publisher of the company, directing the development of Douglas and McIntyre’s national publishing program.

Charles Demers is a comedian, author and voice actor. One of Canada’s top stand-up comedians, he is also a regular performer on CBC radio’s The Debaters, is one of the stars of two Emmy-winning Netflix animated series and his iTunes Canada #1-selling stand-up album was nominated for the 2018 Juno Award. He is a best-selling author whose comedic crime novel, Property Values, has been optioned for development as a feature film by Pioneer Pictures of Los Angeles.

A much-anticipated presenter and keynote speaker, Dr. Norma Dunning is a proud Inuk writer, scholar, researcher and grandmother. She is a professor at the University of Alberta and in 2021, won the Governor General’s Award for her short story collection Tainna: The Unseen Ones.

Norma does not shy away from the painful burden effected by the often terrifying world of residential schools and continuing overt racism. But her characters do not dwell in self-pity. Refreshingly, they share their experiences about life in a White world from their own cultural perspective.

The second half of the amazing cast will appear in the next newsletter. In the meantime, there is so much more to say about these talented presenters, so get the goods at wordonthelakewritersfestival.com.

And, while you are there, register for the festival. This is a great time to join SAW! Word on the Lake early registration runs to April 10 and is $245 for members and $270 for non-members. 

Early registrants will be entered to win a delightful gift basket created with $200 worth of local products. The draw will take place on April 11. Regular Registration continues until April 24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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