Orcas Island Lit Fest

The Orcas Island Lit Fest (OILF) is an annual celebration of literature and community held in an inspiringly beautiful place. With the San Juan Islands as our backdrop, we bring together renowned authors and avid readers, visitors and locals, for a weekend of panels, readings, and events that highlight the vibrant literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. From Pulitzer Prize winners to gifted new voices, our featured artists from across the country represent the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and more. The Orcas Island Lit Fest is your opportunity to engage with world-class writers and their work in an intimate, inclusive setting that welcomes everyone who loves books.

We hope you’ll join us.

Diverse lineup of authors

features a diverse range of authors from across the country, representing various genres like contemporary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and more. You can expect to hear from established literary figures and exciting new voices, all offering fresh perspectives and insights.

Intimate and engaging setting

 The festival takes place in the charming village of Eastsound on Orcas Island, creating an intimate and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees can easily connect with authors, participate in discussions, and forge meaningful connections with fellow book lovers.

Variety of events

OILF offers a plethora of events to cater to different interests. You can attend panel discussions on current literary trends, listen to author readings and interviews, participate in writing workshops, or enjoy a magical evening of music and storytelling at the Word Play event.

Family-friendly atmosphere:

The festival welcomes families with a dedicated Kids’ Fest featuring activities and readings geared towards young readers. This makes OILF a wonderful opportunity to spark a love for books in children and create lasting memories together.

Support the literary arts on Orcas Island

The Orcas Island Lit Fest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to producing an annual world-class literary festival on Orcas Island organized by dedicated volunteers—and supported by book lovers like you. We depend on the generous help of our donors and sponsors.