The first events of Incite, a free reading series at VPL, have been announced! Join us for our second Incite of the season on February 14th for a literary look at marriage.

Madeleine Thien Chapbook

Purchase a signed copy of the limited-edition chapbook of “Hiroshige Takes the SkyTrain,” an original short story by Madeleine Thien, commissioned by the VWF.


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The Vancouver Writers Fest now has a blog! Join us for sneak peeks of events, book recommendations, our favourite Granville Island hideaways, interviews with volunteers, and more.

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Upcoming Events

  • Incite: Love Me True

    Incite: Love Me True

    Wednesday, February 14

    On February 14, Incite will feature work from the forthcoming anthology, Love Me True: Writers Reflect on the Ins, Outs, Ups and Downs of Marriage. Join us for a witty, wondrous, and love-filled event that’s bound to make this Valentine’s Day more memorable than the last.

  • Incite: New Voices of CanLit

    Incite: New Voices of CanLit

    Wednesday, February 28

    On February 28, four of the newest voices in CanLit take the stage to read from their anticipated new works. Award-winning authors Kim Fu and Guillaume Morissette join debut authors Sharon Bala and Djamila Ibrahim…

  • The Dram

    The Dram

    Friday, March 9, 2018

    Join us for an evening of discovery and sophistication at The Dram. You’ll enjoy unlimited drams of whisky from distilleries around the world, including Canada, Scotland, and Japan, and taste local craft spirits and beer. Custom cocktails will be served, alongside delicious food by Jamjar.

  • My Roots: Free Writing Workshop

    My Roots: Free Writing Workshop

    Saturday, March 10

    Through a mix of writing exercises and easy lessons on how to write well, workshop facilitator Aislinn Hunter encourages writers working at all levels to think imaginatively about places and landscapes called ‘home’.

  • Incite: Homegrown

    Incite: Homegrown

    Monday, March 12

    Join acclaimed Indigenous author from Seabird Island Terese Mailhot, and Vancouver born-and-raised Chelene Knight as they read from their new hauntingly beautiful memoirs…

  • Incite: Turn the Pages, Lock the Door

    Incite: Turn the Pages, Lock the Door

    Wednesday, March 14

    Authors Tyrell Johnson, Sheena Kamal, Nathan Ripley, and Sam Wiebe share tales of survival in a frozen dystopia, a mother’s search for her runaway daughter, a detective hobbyist with a penchant for digging up bodies, and a Vancouver PI in the thick of downtown corruption.

From the Blog

Nominate a Poet to become Vancouver’s next Poet Laureate!

Do you know an accomplished, local Indigenous poet who has engaged with the Vancouver literary community? Does that description fit you?

Until December 15th, the city of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library are seeking nominations for the 2018 Poet Laureate of Vancouver.

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Introducing our Education Coordinator: Nafiza Azad.

In January 2018, the Vancouver Writers Fest is thrilled to welcome our new Education Coordinator, Nafiza Azad. Nafiza takes over for long-time Festival staffer Ilona Beiks, who held the position for more than 15 years.

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Waiting for First Light by Romeo Dallaire: An Excerpt

In anticipation of our inspiring evening with General Romeo Dallaire on Thursday, November 16, we are honoured to share this excerpt from Dallaire’s highly-acclaimed new memoir, Waiting For First Light.

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About Us

Words shape our worlds. They can delight, inspire, provoke, comfort and unite—as do the authors, journalists and poets who wield them. At the Vancouver Writers Fest we encourage readers of all ages to explore the power of storytelling, and books, through our dozens of events with local and international writers.

Our activities to achieve this include both year-round programming and our flagship, annual literary festival: one of the largest, and most prestigious, in North America which brings tens of thousand of audience members to see events with local and international authors during one week in October.

Our other programs include Incite: a free, spring reading series in partnership with Vancouver Public Library; Spreading The Word education programs for schools across British Columbia; and writing contests.