‘Spring Writes’ festival offers workshops, readings this weekend

This year the theme is “Where Will My Words Take Me?”

There are many, many writers in the Cowichan Valley, and some of you may be interested in this note that came to my desk recently.

The Federation of BC Writers is currently hosting their third annual Spring Writes festival in downtown Nanaimo May 2–5. 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 makes up The Federation of BC Writers?

The Federation of BC Writers is an organization of 800-plus 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).

For more information, contact Ann Graham Walker at anngrahamwalker@gmail.com

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