escape into books

orcas island lit fest



The mission of the Orcas Island Literary Festival is to bring together people who love to read books with the authors who love to write them. April 13 to 15, 2018, festival goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our lit crawl, featuring exciting new literary voices, New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer-prize winning authors, beloved regional writers, award-winning poets, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island.


Upcoming Events

Calendar will be updated as we confirm participation by authors, poets and literary influencers.

Support The Literary Arts ON ORCAS

The Orcas Island Literary Festival is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to an annual world-class literary festival on Orcas Island organized by passionate volunteers. However, we can only succeed with the help of our fellow islanders and sponsors. The commitment by private citizens and the long-valued philanthropic notion of noblesse oblige is a long-standing tradition on our island and it is the thing that will make the festival a true success for years to come. To become a festival patron, please donate to our cause. 




Exclusive writing workshops with respected authors, editors and book whisperers.  



Meet your current favorite authors and poets and future ones, too. Writers and publishers who are interested in participating may apply for consideration.


Family programming

Meet children authors and enjoy readings, unique kid literary activities, and public readings by kids, for kids in connection with our Orcas Island Public Library.



A great way to support a shoulder-season festival that benefits Orcas Island local merchants, regional travel organizations, authors, and the readers who love them.  



Publishers, presses, authors and literary retreats and organizations may purchase table space in our festival book fair hosted at Orcas Center, our main venue.

Books are a uniquely portable magic.
— Stephen King