Penticton Writers


Welcome to Penticton Writers & Publishers

An organization of writers helping writers

News

News

Welcome to our news page. Check out the latest PWAP activities and download copies of PWAP’s QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER, The Penticton Scribe, below. Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP) monthly meetings, September to June, are held the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 pm at Leir House Cultural Centre, 220 Manor Park Avenue, Penticton BC. Visitors are welcome. For more information, check out the most recent copy of the PWAP newsletter (below). Current Events: Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP), conceived and organized by Yasmin John-Thorpe, with assistance from Jodie Renner and Dawn Renaud, has published an anthology of short stories and poetry by many Okanagan authors, as well as paintings, illustrations, and photographs by Okanagan artists. The cover art is by Lawrie Dignan. An Okanagan Tapestry: Images from the Okanagan, was launched on September 12, 2015, and is now available. If you would like to order a copy of this wonderful anthology, please drop into Hooked On Books bookstore in downtown Penticton, or for out-of-town orders, please contact Yasmin@yasminjohnthorpe.com. Bookstores, libraries, and other groups...

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About PWAP

About PWAP

Five housewives, wishing to fulfill their dreams of becoming authors, met on February 1, 1994 to discuss joining together to research, write, edit, market and sell a book about their area, and in the process learn the ins and outs about the writing and publishing industry. Janelle Breese-Biagioni, Cindy Fortin, Yasmin John-Thorpe, Lorraine Pattison and Penny Smith agreed that day to co-found the Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP). The project was to publish Penticton and Area Secrets and Surprises. Through the media the ladies sent a call out to other writers for stories and for ideas from resident on what to write about, which would showcase the surrounding hamlets, town, and village. Within weeks the women discovered they each had a distinct role in the success of the group and project: Janelle managed the business, Cindy set out to interview and write stories, taking photos, Yasmin fundraised and marketed the project, Lorraine became a phenomenal fact finder and researcher, and Penny edited the works. By marketing and pre-selling copies of...

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Community Programs

Community Programs

On this page … You’ll find information on: PWAP monthly meetings The British Columbia Youth Writers Camp Clem Battye Legacy Award writing contest (poetry and short stories) Mentorship Workshops and Conferences Raise A Reader PWAP Monthly Meeting Members host a monthly meeting on the third Thursday of each month, 7-9 pm at Leir House, from September to June, to encourage members and the public wishing to hone their writing and publishing abilities.  Contact Yasmin John-Thorpe for more information: Yasmin@yasminjohnthorpe.com * * * * * The British Columbia Youth Writers Camp Co-founder Yasmin John-Thorpe organized the first British Columbia Youth Writers Camp in 2008. Each July young creative writers, artists and readers from across Canada and the United States converge on Penticton to attend the one week day-camp. They are instructed in the writing, illustrating and publiFast Fictionshing industry by experts in the field. BC Youth Writers Camp 2016 runs from July 3-8, 2016 at Okanagan College in Penticton. Check out the Youth Writers Camp 2016 Rules_Registration  information, and the...

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Our Members

Our Members

PWAP is an organization of writers helping writers—a group of incredibly talented individuals from Penticton and the surrounding areas.

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Meet Our Members

They bring amazing writing skills to our organization!

Penticton Writers and Publishers & Raise A Reader Members

Penticton Writers and Publishers & Raise A Reader Members

Yasmin John-Thorpe

Yasmin John-Thorpe

Co-Founder – Active

Janelle Breese Biagioni

Janelle Breese Biagioni

Co-Founder – Retired

Lorraine Pattison

Lorraine Pattison

Co-Founder – Retired

Penelope Ann Smith

Penelope Ann Smith

Co-Founder – Retired

Chelsey Baron

Chelsey Baron

Active Member

Elizabeth Bartosinski

Elizabeth Bartosinski

Active Member

Gary Bazan

Gary Bazan

Active Member

Chris Boyle

Chris Boyle

Active Member

Lin Brian

Lin Brian

Active Member

Maxine Cumming

Maxine Cumming

Active Member

Carolae Donoghue

Carolae Donoghue

Active Member

Florence Dyck

Florence Dyck

Active Member

Ron Hepner

Ron Hepner

Active Member

Norma Hill

Norma Hill

Active Member

David Korinetz

David Korinetz

Active Member

Sandy Latka

Sandy Latka

Active Member

Alan E. Longworth

Alan E. Longworth

Active Member

Minke Mazzocato

Minke Mazzocato

Active Member

George (Herb) Moore

George (Herb) Moore

Active Member

Lester Patrick

Lester Patrick

Active Member

Gail Prior

Gail Prior

Active Member

Dawn Renaud

Dawn Renaud

Active Member

Jodie Renner

Jodie Renner

Active Member

Roberta Robertson

Roberta Robertson

Active Member

Fay Rothlander

Fay Rothlander

Active Member

Tracy Seeger

Tracy Seeger

Active Member

Joseph Seiler

Joseph Seiler

Active Member

Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson

Active Member

Klaus Sturze

Klaus Sturze

Active Member

Mahada Thomas

Mahada Thomas

Active Member

Richa S. Thorpe, BFA, Bed, MA

Richa S. Thorpe, BFA, Bed, MA

Active Member

Janey Volden

Janey Volden

Active Member

Raise A Reader Honourary Members

Raise A Reader Honourary Members

Karen Autio

Karen Autio

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

Michelle Barker

Michelle Barker

Raise a Reader Honourary Member

Rie Charles

Rie Charles

Raise A Reader Honourary Members

k c dyer

k c dyer

Raise a Reader Honourary Member

Lee Edward Fodi

Lee Edward Fodi

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

Kallie George

Kallie George

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

Ann Gregoire

Ann Gregoire

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

James McCann

James McCann

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

Darcy Nybo

Darcy Nybo

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

Lorna Schultz-Nicholson

Lorna Schultz-Nicholson

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

Laura Thomas

Laura Thomas

Raise A Reader Honourary Member

In Memory Members

In Memory Members

Clem Battye

Clem Battye

In Memory

Claire Festel

Claire Festel

In Memory

Margaret Ann (Mags) Hayes

Margaret Ann (Mags) Hayes

In Memory

Violet Smith

Violet Smith

In Memory

Helen Wyatt

Helen Wyatt

In Memory