Youth Education

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. We reach more than 7,000 students pear year across British Columbia—in the classroom or at the Festival.

This year, we continue to offer these programs virtually.

Sign-up here for more information on educational programs, or discover our offerings below.

Festival Youth Events

This year’s Vancouver Writers Fest will be brought to you on a variety of digital platforms. Our physical stages may be replaced with Zoom screens or podcast episodes, but the ideas, mirth, collaboration, intrigue, discovery and excitement that stem from our conversations and performances remain. Youth, students and family members can connect with authors via our live-streamed and recorded events. We continue to offer Writers in the Classroom—albeit with authors joining students remotely.

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Writers in the Classroom

Our Writers in the Classroom program—designed to connect children and youth to authors through live, interactive events—continues in 2020 in a virtual format.

Invite an author from our stellar 2020 Vancouver Writers Fest lineup to discuss their most recent title (and share secrets of the writing craft) with your class this fall.

These digital visits will enliven and enrich classroom discussion in the lead-up to the author’s appearance, and leave with ideas to expand upon afterwards.

This program is presented thanks to the support of the Government of British Columbia.

To book an author, please apply by September 30, 2020. You can find the form at https://writersfest.bc.ca/education/writers-in-the-classroom.

Please note: bookings are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Writing Contests

Every year, the Vancouver Writers Fest launches a children’s writing contest for both fiction and poetry. A jury of writers judges the entries each year, awarding both cash prizes and publication.

Many winners have subsequently had their works published—either by a publisher or in major literary journals.

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