Thursday, May 2- Sunday, May 5
Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

Special room rates are available at the Coast Bastion Hotel until April 3. 

Everyone welcome


Registration is now open online at bcwriters.ca for the Federation of British Columbia Writers’ third annual Spring Writes writing festival, with an exciting lineup of workshops and presentations, featuring writers you know and love (Lorna Crozier, Kathy Page, Bill Stenson, Betsy Warland, Rhonda Ganz, Carleigh Baker and many more), a Saturday publishing event with a visit from Toronto publishing lawyer Warren Sheffer, plus opportunities to just hang out with other writers and network. This festival is accessible to everyone, with many free events and others affordably priced. 

 The Federation of BC Writers will host their third annual Spring Writes Festival in downtown Nanaimo May 2–5, 2019. This year the theme is “Where Will My Words Take Me?”


“Anyone who has ever put a pen to paper, has asked themselves that question,” says FBCW president, Ann Graham Walker. “Through four days of excellent workshops and presentations, Spring Writes will give writers the opportunity to explore where their words can take them, both literally and figuratively.”


What is the Federation of BC Writers Spring Writes Festival?

Spring Writes is a four-day immersive experience of workshops, presentations, networking opportunities and performances for anyone who loves, lives or is passionate about the written word.


Who will be presenting?

From Lorna Crozier’s presentation on Writing and Risk to publishing lawyer Warren Sheffer untangling the legalese in publishing contracts, and Mark Leiren-Young’s workshop on Writing and Activism, the festival features an eclectic mix of established literary talent, ready to forge connections with writers and share their honed skills. Peruse the event schedule that includes presenters’ bios.


How much does it cost to attend?

Event charges range from FREE for a book reading or a write in, to $73 for a publishing presentation that includes a full lunch and a trade fair featuring publishing professionals from across the province. Workshops range from $20–$50.


Who is The Federation of BC Writers?

The Federation of BC Writers is an organization of 800+ writers (400 reside in the Islands Region) and is committed to promoting excellence and professionalism in the literary arts in British Columbia.


Do I have to be a member of the FBCW to attend?

No, Spring Writes is a community writing festival open to everyone. FBCW members pay lower rates for workshops (but anyone is free to join, if they wish to).



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