Kamloops Writers Festival Returns November 4-6

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The Kamloops Writers Festival is a three-day event held every November that gives writers in the Central Interior an opportunity for learning, networking, and professional development, and gives readers a glimpse into the writing life. We welcome writers of all genres and at all levels.

This year’s readings and workshop facilitators include:

  • Richard Wagamese (poetry/memoir/journalism/fiction, Kamloops, Indian Horse, One Native Life, Medicine Walk),
  • Michael V. Smith (memoir/novel/poetry, BC’s Interior, My Body is Yours, Progress),
  • Ashley Little (adult and young adult fiction, Kelowna, Niagara Motel, Anatomy of a Girl Gang)
  • Elizabeth Bachinsky (poetry, New Westminster, The Hottest Summer in Recorded History, Home of Sudden Service)

Workshop descriptions available at www.kamloopswritersfestival.com.

Friday night’s In Conversation With panel discussion with our authors will take place at the Old Courthouse, 7 Seymour Street West, in Kamloops. Doors will open at 7 pm and the Conversation will begin at 7:30 pm.

Saturday’s workshops and readings will take place at the Old Courthouse at various times. See website for details (www.kamloopswritersfestival.com)

Sunday’s readings, which are free to the public, will take place at the Kamloops Library at various times. See website for details (www.kamloopswritersfestival.com)

Participants can also purchase a lunch, to be had at the Old Courthouse. The lunch break is a fantastic time to network and meet the authors.

This year’s Festival also includes a new event, a reading from award-winning novelist, Ami McKay (Nova Scotia, The Witches of New York, The Birth House), which will be held Saturday, November 5, at TRU, room still TBA, at 7:30 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at www.kamloopswritersfestival.com. Full festival passes are $105 ($90 for students), and all events can also be purchased a la carte, so that participants can choose which events they would like to attend.

The Kamloops Writers Festival is co-produced by the Kamloops Society for the Written Arts and the Kamloops Arts Council. Sponsors include the TNRD Library System, the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council, SFU The Writers Studio, and Chapters. Support from Kamloops Office Systems and the Interior Authors Group is also gratefully acknowledged.

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