Wired Words Festival in Victoria

Just back from yesterday’s fantastic Wired Words Festival in Victoria, BC, held in the 19th century Law Courts housed in what is now the Maritime Museum in Victoria’s Inner Harbour.

Talk about a steampunk experience! Sixty writers discussing and learning about the latest digital technology in a historic courtroom built in 1887.

The building has the oldest working bird-cage elevator in North America, and we all used it to ascend to the Third Floor Law Courts, which housed BC’s original Supreme Court.

For our event, the space was decked out with MacBook and digital projector for Powerpoint presenations on a screen above the judge’s stand.

Attendees were tweeting up-to-the-minute conference proceedings from their iPhones. Check the #wiredwords hashtag on Twitter for details.

We had a great line-up of presenters giving us the goods:

Lorne Daniel – “What E-Books Mean for Writers”
Melody Poirier/Island Blue Printorium – “Print-On-Demand Publishing”
Mandy Leith – “Social Media Strategy”
Kim Nayyer – “Blogging & CBC Citizen Blogging”
Kim Goldberg – “Marketing Your Book Online for Free”
Mandy Leith – “Film Editing for Writers”

Thanks to the Federation of BC Writers for mounting this festival, and to Alison Gair who made it all happen. Check out Fed President Craig Spence’s blog posting after the Festival including video interviews with two of the presenters: Lorne Daniel and Mandy Leith.

About Kim Goldberg

Kim Goldberg is a poet, journalist and the author of 8 books of poetry and nonfiction. Latest titles: DEVOLUTION (poems of ecopocalypse), UNDETECTABLE (her Hep C journey in haibun), RED ZONE (poems of homelessness) and RIDE BACKWARDS ON DRAGON: a poet's journey through Liuhebafa. She lives in Nanaimo, BC. Contact: goldberg@ncf.ca
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3 Responses to Wired Words Festival in Victoria

  1. Lyn Hancock says:

    You are a dynamo Kim, good for you! Any possibility of finding out what YOU had to say? I had to buy a new computer and two new cameras and learn how to use them in the light of all the i-Luddite troubles (I learned a new word I in front of Luddite from reading Craig’s post), Keep up the good work, Lyn Hancock

    • Kim Goldberg says:

      Thanks, Lyn! My presentation wasn’t recorded, and I just worked from notes. But I do give talks and workshops on this subject quite a bit, so I am sure you will have another chance to catch me. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Wired Words festival jumps on social media bandwagon | benjaminyong.ca

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