Penticton Writers and Publishers
Our Impact Why We Exist
Penticton Writers and Publishers (PWAP) - We are a group of volunteer authors and writers, using our creative knowledge to educate writers of all ages and to promote literacy.
Our Story What We Do
PWAP was founded on February 1, 1994, by four women wishing to learn about the writing and publishing industry. The cofounders formed PWAP to educate other writers about the process of the industry. Today, cofounder Yasmin John-Thorpe volunteers with members continue to educate through classroom visits, workshops, monthly meetings from September to June at Leir House, youth writers camp and literacy programs for babies to adults.
Our Programs How We Do It
PWAP's Programs :-
The British Columbia Youth Writers Camp - An annual one week day-camp, for 8 - 18 year old writers and readers, held at Okanagan College, Penticton Campus.
The Clem Battye Legacy Award Contest - Mr. Clem Battye left PWAP a legacy which the group turned into an annual short story or poetry contest for emerging writers of all ages from across Canada.
Raise a Reader (RAR) - A Penticton Herald South Okanagan literacy program run by PWAP volunteers, which takes authors and their books into schools. Students each receive a copy of the authors' books courtesy RAR.
RAR Baby Books - With partners (Valley First Credit Union, Penticton Kiwanis Group, S.O. Literacy Now, businesses and individuals) gifting a canvas bag with baby and siblings' books to newborns visiting the Penticton Nurses Unit.
RAR To School Libraries - Gifting money to area schools to purchase new books for school libraries.
RAR Books for Treats - Purchasing publishers' copies to gift books instead of candy to trick-o-treats on Halloween Day.
RAR Literacy Day - Purchasing publishers' copies to gift books to children (babies to Grade 12) during Lit Day at the mall.
RAR at the annual Peach Festival Parade - Purchasing publishers's copies to gift to children along the parade route.
What You Can Do
PWAP members are educators, promoters of literacy and publishers of books.