2018 Festival Dates

Are you as excited as us about the 2018 Vancouver Writers Fest? The full lineup will be announced in August, and tickets go on sale in September, but for now we recommend you add these dates to your calendar. Stay tuned for further information about key announcements.

Spreading the Word

The Vancouver Writers Fest’s annual youth writing contest is now open! Students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia can submit either fiction or non-fiction short stories.

Donate

The Vancouver Writers Fest relies on individual donors like you to present world-class authors in events all year-round. Donate today!

Blog

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.

Contact Us

Have a question? Want to share some feedback? Get in touch! Our emails, phone number and mailing address is just a click away.

Upcoming Events

    We don’t have any upcoming special events. Please check back shortly. We’re working on some exciting author conversations for next season.

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.

Media, Government Support, Festival Supporter

  • BC Government
  • City of Vancouver Cultural Services
  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Canadian Council for the Arts
  • BC Arts Council