Federation of BC Writers’ Spring Writes Festival

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.

Click on the links below to see more information about each presentation and each presenter.

Register for your choices here.

Downloadable schedule for your convenience.



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 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 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       

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-3:30PM Box Lunch and Exhibits

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 Hietkamp      

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

Register to attend Spring Writes now

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