2022 Festival
October 17–23

Volunteer Benefits & Policies 2021

This year, our festival will be like no other and we are doing everything we can to ensure a positive experience for everyone involved, including our valued volunteers. Please read all the information on this page before submitting an application to volunteer.

All events are SUBJECT TO CHANGE and in-person events may become hybrid or digital events at the last minute as authors and hosts adjust to Covid requirements. Reduced capacity at our venues and a slightly shorter list of events may have an impact on how much we can offer volunteers by way of appreciation. 

We appreciate our volunteers more than ever this year, amid the uncertainty and constraints of Covid. The Fest has updated our Covid protocols to maximize the safety of everyone involved. 

Volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks while indoors as well as in congested areas outdoors. 

In addition, there will be Covid Health-Check signs posted at the entrance to all venues. There will be masks and sanitizer available at the entrance to all venues. We will not be selling concessions at events.  The Members Reception, Literary Cabaret, Poetry Bash, and Afternoon Tea will be the only events with food and beverage.  No concessions will be sold at other events (we will have signage to this effect). 

We are intending to offer volunteers scheduled for a minimum of 12 hours one free ticket to a Festival event, awarded through the Volunteer Ticket Lottery. Scheduled volunteers who have confirmed a minimum of 12 hours of shifts will be notified about how to submit lottery choices. 


12-hour minimum commitment required; volunteers committing to the 12-hour minimum receive priority scheduling. 

Shift times vary depending on your assignment. Some shifts start as early as 7:30 am and evening shifts can run until (and occasionally past) midnight! Click here to read our Volunteer Job Descriptions and decide which role is best for you. 

Volunteer Jobs

Volunteers are accepted, assigned and scheduled according to the interests, activity preferences, availability, qualifications, experience and skills as indicated on their registration form, along with our vacancies and needs. 

Here are thumbnail descriptions of the assorted volunteer roles we assign:  


Author Hospitality


Box Office


Event Assistants


Food & Beverage

Festival Ambassadors

Front of House


Raffle Ticket Sellers

Special Events


Click here to see our volunteer opportunities and apply.