Media Release
May 2021

A Book Festival for Covid Times: Denman Looks to Connect Writers

Denman Island – The Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival is looking for writers who have been inspired, frustrated – or both – by Covid times. The annual event has developed a reputation as one of the best, and friendliest, small venue literary festivals in the country. Organizers were committed to keep it going through Covid, so they expanded the online workshop format to connect aspiring writers with award-winning BC authors with a view to improving their craft. The workshops take place from July 12-18.

“If you have been writing during Covid and are ready for input, inspiration, and the perspective of published authors then our program fits the bill, “says Cindy Critchley,co-chair. “We are keeping the groups small so that participants can get the attention they need and learn from some of the best authors in the province while meeting other emerging writers.”

Five BC writers are heading up 3-hour online workshops on topics ranging from spoken word, poetry, writing in a pandemic, memoir, creative non-fiction and more. The authors will talk about their own work and lead short writing exercises and group discussions.

The Festival is also sponsoring its popular The Writing Week. This is the fourth year award-winning author Caroline Adderson is teaching the five-day course. This year’s workshop is online and limited to 8 people. Participants will be asked to submit their work a month ahead of the July 12-16 start date.
For more information: Cindy Critchley (250) 331-3665