Youth Programs

Through our Spreading the Word educational outreach programs, we offer students the opportunity to interact with celebrated writers from across the globe in more than 40 events designed specifically for young people, teachers, schools and student groups. Each year, we reach more than 7,000 students across British Columbia—in the classroom or at the Festival.

Spreading the Word includes:

30+ weekday Festival events featuring presentations and discussions with engaging authors from Canada and around the world, programmed with BC curriculum goals in mind.

6,000 student attendees from the Lower Mainland, the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island.

Reading with Writers: 20 classroom based events where writers visit schools across the Lower Mainland to engage students in important conversations.

Writer in Residence: Weeklong author residencies in outlying BC communities, providing interactive workshops at schools and community centers.