tidewater-logoTidewater Book Festival

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 November, 2014

Nanaimo, BC

The Tidewater Book Festival for Independent Authors features a book fair showcasing BC authors and a full day of essential and informative workshops for writers about successful self-publishing. Tidewater Book Festival follows on from last year’s successful inaugural Raindance Book Festival, held in Richmond, BC.

Now a two-day event, this is a full weekend for everyone who loves reading and writing. On Saturday, meet the writers, join in the book launches, listen to the authors and discover who wrote the Best First Chapter of the Festival.

The expanded workshop program offers 10 information-packed sessions, led by experienced publishing and industry professionals.

Saturday 1 November – Nanaimo Museum

  • Book fair featuring independent authors: fiction, non-fiction, young adult and children’s
  • “Book-in-a-Day” project
  • “Best First Chapter” contest
  • Author readings
  • Prize ceremony

Sunday 2 November – The Painted Turtle Guest House

  • Full program of workshops for writers and authors (10 sessions)

Shaw TV’s Go! Island program covering “Book-in-a-Day” at Tidewater Book Festival

It’s the Winter Solstice and someone has come to Nanaimo in search of a mysterious lost item. That is the premise of a children’s book which will be ‘crowd-sourced’ and written on Saturday, November 1 as part of the Tidewater Festival for Independent Authors. Writers and illustrators of all ages are invited to drop into the Nanaimo Museum between 11 am and 4 pm to contribute plot ideas, dialogue, descriptions and illustrations to turn this basic premise into a full book. Written and edited during the event, the finished Christmas story, including professional layout and cover design, will be available online shortly after the festival concludes. All contributors will be credited as authors and the printed book will be available for purchase, with net proceeds being donated to Frontier College in support of literacy.

What participating authors said about the inaugural Raindance Book Festival for Independent Authors





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