About the Conference
The Fernie Writers’ Conference is a celebration of writers and writing with courses, readings, panel discussions and other events, forming a educational experience for writers and readers alike. The Conference brings award winning writers from across Canada to instruct, read and present to a diverse audience from BC and beyond. The Conference culminates with a two-day festival of writing and reading that is open to all.
The annual Writers' Conference began in July 2007, and each year has seen an expanded program of workshops and events. It is the intent of the organizing committee to increase the scope and quality of offerings each year in order to reach a broader range of writers of all ages and disciplines.
The Fernie Writers' Conference strongly encourages participation from the Elk Valley and Columbia Basin areas of BC, however we gladly accept students from anywhere in order to enrich the experience and diversity of the conference participants.
Fernie Writers' Conference Society
The Fernie Writers' Conference Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1997 under the BC Society Act. The Conference Society has a board of directors who, together with an enthusiastic group of volunteer members, plan and organize the annual conference.
All conference participants will automatically become members of the Fernie Writers' Conference Society. Membership privileges include nominating candidates and voting to elect the Society's board of directors.
The 2011 Board of Directors consists of the following volunteer members:
- Randal Macnair (Chair), Oolichan Books
- Scott Gilmet (Treasurer), Fernie Getaways
- Pierre Dupont, The Fernie and District Arts Council
- Natalie Fisher, The Fernie Academy
- Lisa Talavia-Spencer, The City of Fernie
- Peter Oliva, Author, Drowning In Darkness www.peteroliva.com