June 1961, the “Okanagan Summer School of Fine Arts” became a Society, a decision that was seen as an act of faith in the future of the school. The 1961 Summer School brochure stated:
Born of a dream, nurtured by enthusiasm, developed by dedication- this is the story of the “Okanagan Summer School of the Arts”.
W.O. Mitchell was the main attraction of the faculty teaching the Creative Writing class and attracting professional writers.