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orcas island lit fest

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NEWS

The submissions window for our 2019 festival is now open!  You can submit a proposal here.

About

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 5 to 7, 2019, festival-goers will be able to participate in dynamic panel discussions, writing workshops, and our Lit Walk, featuring exciting new literary voices, bestselling authors, award-winning poets, beloved regional writers, and publishers on beautiful Orcas Island.

VenueS

The Orcas Island Lit Festival is in partnership with Orcas Center. The majority of featured panel conversations and the Book Fair will all take place at Orcas Center, on Center Stage or in the Black Box. Our Preferred Bookseller and sponsor, Darvill's, will have books available in the lobby. The Festival's Friday evening Lit Walk will take place in the village of Eastsound, along with Battle of The Genres at Odd fellows Hall and our Eco-Sapiens panel at Seaview Theatre.

 
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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. 

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Offerings

Workshops

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

 

AUTHOR PANELS + READINGS

Meet your current favorite authors and poets and future ones, too. See our paperless program and schedule with listings of all panels, conversations and events.

 

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.

 

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Immerse yourself in one of our intimate literary conversations, dynamic panels, our lit walk or more.

 

BUSINESS SPONSORS

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.  

 

BOOK FAIR TABLES

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

 

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH:

OUR FOUNDING CIRCLE patronS:

MEDIA SPONSOR:

gold patronS:

 

silver patrons:

 

Bronze Patrons + iN-KIND DONORS:

 

PREFERRED BOOKSELLER & SPONSOR:

PLEASE VISIT OUR SPONSORS PAGE TO SEE MORE OF OUR SPONSORS AND THE PEOPLE HELPING US CREATE OUR FESTIVAL.

 
 
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
— Stephen King
 
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