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Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Collision with reality  May 23, 2019
Anxious about anxiety?  May 16, 2019
Face of the opioid crisis  Apr 11, 2019
Dan in Ottawa Dan in Ottawa by Dan Albas

Dan Albas, MP for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, keeps us posted on what's going on in Ottawa.
Okanagan Taste Okanagan Taste by Allison Markin

Allison Markin tastefully explores the wine, libations and food scene in the Okanagan, with thoughtful commentary and reviews of her favourite bottles.
Tastings can be elevating  May 22, 2019
What's in the bottle?  May 15, 2019
Wine gift ideas for mom  May 8, 2019
New Thought New Thought by Corinne Crockett

Food for the mind and the heart, to encourage an awakening of the power and potential within everyone.
Behind the Wheel Behind the Wheel by Tim Schewe

A veteran columnist and traffic enforcement officer with the RCMP, Tim writes on all things traffic-related.
Turning right in Sechelt  May 21, 2019
Watch the 4 corners  May 14, 2019
Distracted driving kills  May 7, 2019
Achieving Justice Achieving Justice by Paul Hergott

Lawyer Paul Hergott is most drawn to, and passionate about, pursuing fair compensation for injured victims.
Fleecing motorists?  May 21, 2019
That's just not ducky  May 14, 2019
The pain of soldiering on  May 7, 2019
MP Report MP Report by Stephen Fuhr

Stephen Fuhr proudly serves as your Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country.
It's Your Money It's Your Money by Brett Millard

Certified financial planner Brett Millard translates complex investment, insurance and planning jargon into language everyone understands.
Transitions Transitions by Ross Freake

Ross Freake is the columns editor at Castanet.
Planting in the garden of life  May 19, 2019
You wear the mask  Apr 26, 2019
You're really it!  Apr 12, 2019
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope: May 19-25  May 19, 2019
Horoscope: May 12-18  May 12, 2019
Horoscope: May 5-11  May 5, 2019
Bonnie on Stage Bonnie on Stage by Bonnie Gratz

Bonnie Gratz is the Artistic Director of Kelowna's New Vintage Theatre, and offers us an exciting insider's view of local theatre.
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Happy Gourmand Happy Gourmand by Kristin Peturson-Laprise

Happy Gourmand is about enjoying life and living in the moment, and sharing that joy to keep those good vibes going.
Toothbrush epiphanies  May 18, 2019
Ready, set, blow  May 11, 2019
Moms, May flowers, mint  May 4, 2019
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Drowning in data  May 17, 2019
Canada got there first  May 10, 2019
Dark energy matters  May 6, 2019
It's All About . . . It's All About . . . by Mark Jennings-Bates

Mark writes about ways to improve on success in our lives, with ideas to help stay focused for growth and development.
Directory of buttheads  May 17, 2019
When to quit?  May 10, 2019
A couch for all occasions  May 3, 2019
Fashion File Fashion File by Marla O'Brien

"Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."
High-tech style  May 16, 2019
Cross border E-shopping  May 2, 2019
Logo or No Go?  Apr 18, 2019
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Laurie Baird

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Honesty best policy  May 13, 2019
Mortgage-fee red flags  Apr 29, 2019
Timing your mortgage  Apr 15, 2019
FIT Talk With Tania FIT Talk With Tania by Tania Gustafson

The FIT Nutritionist, Tania Gustafson, educates and shares valuable tips to help people achieve their health and weight loss goals without dieting and live longer, stronger, better lives, naturally.
Diabetes: not a sweet life  May 11, 2019
Are you really doing keto?  Apr 27, 2019
Is your diet SAD?  Apr 13, 2019
Just Add Salt! Just Add Salt! by Lisa Salt

Lisa Salt, along with her husband Gord Fowler from Calgary, lead one of the most successful and dynamic real estate teams in the North Okanagan.
Dr. Oz's Vet Advice Dr. Oz's Vet Advice by Dr. Moshe Oz

Dr. Oz of Rose Valley Veterinary Hospital provides expert advice and information about our pets.
Watch for snakes  Apr 25, 2019
Grooming an act of love  Dec 19, 2018
Is your pet too fat?  May 23, 2018
Investment Real Estate Investment Real Estate by AJ Hazzi

With a well-deserved reputation as a real estate renegade, AJ Hazzi has been shaking up the Kelowna real estate scene since 2002.
Investing with $50k  Apr 19, 2019
A chance to make money  Mar 22, 2019
Where we're going next  Aug 21, 2018
Ordinary Heroes Ordinary Heroes by Richard James Deacon

Richard James Deacon has a finger on the pulse of those doing good in the Okanagan.
Into the silence  Apr 5, 2019
Moms are family heroes  Jan 17, 2019
Angels among us  Dec 13, 2018
On Your Father's Side On Your Father's Side by David Trifunov

David Trifunov is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Kelowna. He’s the proud father of three girls and the humble author of three middle-grade books for reluctant readers.
Shouldering the load  Mar 14, 2019
It's chickenpox, run!  Feb 28, 2019
Everyone needs a Kelly  Feb 20, 2019
How's Your Waste Line? How's Your Waste Line? by Rae Stewart


You can get the right fix  Feb 22, 2019
A conversation about gifts  Dec 20, 2018
Recycle your textiles  Oct 31, 2018
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
A common tongue  Feb 11, 2019
What was I saying?  Feb 1, 2019
The art of conversation  Jan 11, 2019
Tech Talk Tech Talk by Trevor Sharp

Trevor Sharp, an information technology specialist, guides you through the ever-changing world of high tech, making your computing experience secure, functional and relevant.
Big Brother is watching  Jan 18, 2019
Shopping the tech way  Dec 21, 2018
Don't throw away the gold  Dec 7, 2018
Mindful Communications Mindful Communications by Christy Lehmberg

Christy Lehmberg focuses in on the ups and downs of reality and how to navigate this bumpy road we call life.
This is Life, Based on a True Story This is Life, Based on a True Story by Tanya Gunderson

Tanya is a single parent to two teens, a mini dachshund, and somehow a cat. They cohabitate mostly happily in West Kelowna, despite the transit system being so bad.
Getting Along With Your Computer Getting Along With Your Computer by Cate Eales

The Technology Shaman helps make your online computing safe, accessible and fun.
Cate's final column  Jul 2, 2018
A quiet word  Jun 25, 2018
Write it down  Jun 11, 2018
Grind My Gears Grind My Gears by Landon Bradshaw

Bringing out the points of views from cyclist, drivers, and pedestrians. How to play safe on the roads out there.
Network to nowhere  Jun 29, 2018
Safety, no compromising  Jun 15, 2018
And the wheels roll on  May 25, 2018
Talk to Me Talk to Me by Fiona Patterson

Fiona Patterson is a clinical psychotherapist in private practice who specializes in the treatment of trauma, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, and addictions.
Suffering has purpose  Jun 8, 2018
The meaning of life  Apr 6, 2018
Losing a child  Mar 12, 2018
The Joy of Travel The Joy of Travel by Joy McGinnis

Joy McGinnis shares her personal wanderlust and professional insight for emerging travel trends, destinations and useful "what now?" tips.
Your travel bucket list  May 22, 2018
Cuba, Part II  Feb 14, 2018
Cuba bound  Jan 31, 2018
Design Chick Design Chick by Crispin Butterfield

Crispin Butterfield owns Urban Theory Interior Design, a full-scale design firm with savvy projects spanning Western Canada.
Real cost of renovating  May 16, 2018
Must-visit design shops  Apr 11, 2018
White hot interior design  Feb 28, 2018
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Writer submissions

Are you a writer, looking for a home to showcase your work?

We occasionally have openings for new columnists.

Successful writers will show that they have a solid plan for a column, and demonstrate that they can generate fresh ideas weekly or bi-weekly. You will have good writing skills, the ability to meet deadlines, and a willingness to work with us on changes that we deem necessary.

If accepted, your submissions will be kept in the range of 500 to 800 words.

As a Castanet columnist, you will have your own columnist page with masthead, along with excellent exposure to your work in the Okanagan region, as well as further afield.

Our columns are weekly and bi-weekly. We also have a Guest Column for occasional submissions.

To query for information or to submit your idea, please e-mail [email protected]. If submitting an idea, please give a brief write-up of the idea along with a short sample of your writing (paste sample directly into the body of the email).
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