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Federation of BC Writers' Spring Writes Festival

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Nanaimo, BC


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The annual BC Writer’s Spring Writes Festival is being held in Nanaimo, BC this year. We welcome members as well as non-members to take part in our program. Some of the events are free, some are paid, but all the venues have space considerations, so registration is required for all events.

Become a Member! If you would like to receive the special members' rate, there's never been a better time to join the Federation of BC Writers. Sign up on our website, then return to Eventbrite to purchase your tickets at the special members' rate.

Be sure to check out the literary products and services featured in our Publishing Trade Fair. It runs all day from 10:30am to 3:30pm in the Ballroom Lobby of the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 80 Commercial Street, Nanaimo. And, it's FREE!

NOTE: For workshops and events taking place at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, be sure to enter at 80 Commercial Street. This will take you to the Spring Writes events featured at this venue.



11:00AM-3:00PM Letting the Poem Write Itself with Susan Stenson

2:00PM-4:00PM Beyond Google: Research Strategies for Fiction and Nonfiction with Lois Peterson


8:00AM-9:30AM Finding Your Voice-A Morning Writing Workout with Keith Liggett

10:30AM-12:00PM Write In

10:30AM-3:30PM Blue Pencils

10:30AM-12:00PM Writing Literary Fiction: What It Means and How To Get There with Bill Stenson

10:30AM-12:00PM What is Reconciliation Today and What Role Do Writers Play? with Wawmeesh Hamilton

10:30AM-12:00PM The Poetry of Writing with Joanna Streetly

10:30AM-11:30PM Writing with a Forked Tongue with Jan Drabek

10:30AM-12:00PM Writing from the Body with Carine De Kock

12:00PM-12:45PM Brown Bag Poetry Reading with Wendy Donawa

1:00PM-2:00PM Reading with Kathy Page

2:15PM-3:15PM Reading with Lorna Crozier

2:30PM-5:00PM Tips and Tricks to Writing Fantasy with Jo-Anne McLean

3:30PM-5:00PM Story Telling with Rachel McMillen

3:30PM-5:00PM Writing to Right: Can Your Words Change the World? with Mark-Leiren Young

4:00PM-6:00PM Meet & Greet

8:00PM-10:00PM Featured Readings: Where Will My Words Take Me?


8:00AM-9:30AM Morning Writing Workout with Keith Liggett

9:00AM-10:30AM Negotiating Your Publishing Contract with Warren Sheffer

10:30AM-12:00PM Write In

10:30AM-3:30PM Blue Pencil Sessions

10:30AM-3:30PM Publishing Trade Fair

10:45AM-12:15PM Publishing Panel – How/Why to Publish Your Book and Boxed Lunch

10:30AM-12:00PM The Language of Poetry: Drinking from the Source with Derek Hanesbury

10:30AM-12:00PM Making Scenes: the Building Blocks of Fiction with Judy LeBlanc

12:30PM-1:30PM Saturday Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Jennifer Manuel and Jude Neale

2:00PM-3:30PM Exploring the Places You’ve Been with Yvonne Blomer

2:00PM-3:30PM Cut to the Chase – The Art of Brevity – a Flash Fiction Workshop with M.A.C Farrant

2:00PM-3:30PM Writing About Our Culture with Carleigh Baker

2:00PM-3:30PM Manuscript Consulting Workshop with Betsy Warland

2:00PM-3:30PM The Deeper Loam: A Creative Non-Fiction Workshop with Trevor Carolan

2:00PM-4:00PM Myths about editing: Why isn’t my editor perfect, and do I really need one? Editing Presentation with Lenore Heikkamp

2:00PM – 4:00PM Young Writers get together

4:30PM-6:00PM Federation of BC Writers Annual General Meeting

8:00PM-10:00PM FBCW Open Mic Reading


8:00AM-9:30AM Morning Writing Workout with Keith Liggett

10:30AM-12:30PM How to Layer Your Narrative Details – A Fiction Workshop with Jennifer Manuel

11:00AM—2:00PM Make Your Poems Sing – A Poetry Workshop with Wendy Donawa

1:00PM-2:00PM Sunday Brown Bag Lunch Reading with Trevor Carolan

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