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 mission: We connect people to exceptional books, ideas and dialogue through year-round programming that ignites a passion for words and the world around us.
Our vision: A world in which the transformative power of books and ideas is the foundation of an empathetic, inspired and just society.
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.
In its 33 year history, the Vancouver Writers Fest has presented multiple award-winning writers from Canada and across the world including: Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Madeleine Thien, Marlon James, Malcolm Gladwell, Roxanne Gay, David Sedaris, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Esi Edugyan, Alice Munro, Salman Rushdie, Rachel Kushner, Kevin Kwan, Kate Atkinson, Ian McEwan, Thomas King, Naomi Klein, Ian Rankin, Marilynne Robinson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and more.
The celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, and continues throughout the year with programs including: our free, Incite reading series at the Vancouver Public Library; special events with leading writers; and Youth Education Outreach programs at Metro Vancouver schools and in small BC communities.
The Festival was inaugurated in 1988 by founding Artistic Director Alma Lee. In 2010, under the Artistic Direction of Hal Wake, we received the honour of being named the best large literary festival in Canada by the Canadian Tourism Commission.
The Vancouver Writers Fest is a registered non-profit, charitable organization that operates with the support of public sector funding, ticket sales, advertising revenue, corporate sponsorships and donations.