Writer's Bloc Writer's Bloc

Welcome to Writer’s Bloc, a column for guest writers to share their experiences with our readers.
Pressure on BC Liberals  Jan 28, 2022
Apathetic about Senate  Jan 27, 2022
Supporting family members  Jan 26, 2022
Skywatching Skywatching by Ken Tapping

Astronomer Ken Tapping shows you the sky and the stars.
Looking for other life  Jan 28, 2022
Blowing cosmic bubbles  Jan 21, 2022
Cosmic explosions  Jan 14, 2022
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.
Feeling the financial pinch  Jan 27, 2022
Stimulus spending  Jan 20, 2022
Proposed home equity tax  Jan 13, 2022
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.
Events and optimism  Jan 26, 2022
Why not icewine?  Jan 12, 2022
Time for soda sipping  Dec 29, 2021
In A Pickle In A Pickle by Doreen Zyderveld-Hagel

Doreen always has had a knack for getting herself in a pickle, whether it be with wild animals or difficult people. She thinks the problem might be herself.
Saving brother hawk  Jan 25, 2022
Facing the phantom music  Dec 27, 2021
Power of prayer  Dec 7, 2021
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.
Watch where you walk  Jan 25, 2022
Park, stop or stand  Jan 18, 2022
Driving lights  Jan 11, 2022
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.
Planning for retirement  Jan 24, 2022
Discuss retirement goals  Jan 17, 2022
Getting a better mortgage  Jan 10, 2022
The Happiness Connection The Happiness Connection by Reen Rose

Reen Rose shares strategies to help you find happiness.
Take a break  Jan 23, 2022
Snakes and Ladders life  Jan 16, 2022
Are you happy?  Dec 12, 2021
Mortgage Matters Mortgage Matters by April Dunn

April Dunn has been assisting clients to purchase, refinance, or renew their mortgages for over 20 years.
Mortgage approval tips  Jan 22, 2022
Mortgage check-up time  Jan 8, 2022
Money for home owners  Dec 25, 2021
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.
DIY meals vs. take out  Jan 22, 2022
Something we all share  Jan 15, 2022
New year, new food  Jan 8, 2022
In Your Service In Your Service by Tracy Gray

MP Tracy Gray serving her constituents of Kelowna-Lake Country
Something From Everything Something From Everything by Matthew Rigby

Staggered attempts to make meaning and connections.
Bracing for impact  Jan 20, 2022
Forced merriment  Dec 21, 2021
The price of love  Nov 23, 2021
By the ounce By the ounce by David Wylie

By The Ounce is written by veteran journalist David Wylie, keeping you in the know about the growing weed industry. Follow on social media: @okanaganz.
Top-shelf local weed  Jan 19, 2022
My first joint ever  Jan 5, 2022
'Wake-and-bake' Christmas  Dec 22, 2021
The Mortgage Gal The Mortgage Gal by Tracy Head

Mortgage professionals Laurie Baird and Tracy Head provide guidance for obtaining a mortgage, a new home, or planning a move.
Get a mortgage rate hold  Jan 17, 2022
New year, new mortgage  Jan 3, 2022
Mortgage like a mother  Dec 20, 2021
Heather's Horoscope Heather's Horoscope by Heather Zais

What's in your future? This is your horoscope stop, with psychic Heather Zais.
Horoscope unavailable  Jan 16, 2022
Horoscope: Dec. 19-25  Dec 19, 2021
Horoscope: Dec. 12-18  Dec 12, 2021
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.
One per cent at a time  Jan 15, 2022
A healthy you in 2022  Jan 1, 2022
The 12 Pounds of Christmas  Dec 18, 2021
Wilson on Water Street Wilson on Water Street by Adam Wilson

Columnist Adam Wilson takes a critical look at what's going on at City Hall.
Kelowna can do more  Jan 14, 2022
City service audit?  Dec 14, 2021
City missed an opportunity  Dec 2, 2021
The Art of Speaking The Art of Speaking by Wade Paterson

Public speaking and presentations are skills that can be learned and one of the most successful ways is through Toastmasters.
Be a winning wedding MC  Jan 10, 2022
Welcome to Toastmasters  Dec 13, 2021
Make an impact on LinkedIn  Nov 15, 2021
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.
Click bait  Jan 5, 2022
Fire the committee  Dec 29, 2021
Scroll past the negative  Dec 22, 2021
On Balance On Balance by Bill Downey

Traffic safety seen through the lens of motorcyclist experience and knowledge.
Knowing when to say when  Nov 18, 2021
Shiver me timbers!  Oct 7, 2021
Smokin' your stops  Sep 9, 2021
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.
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).