Youth Education Programming
Vancouver Writers Fest offers students in Vancouver and across British Columbia the opportunity to interact with celebrated writers through a variety of programs. We reach more than 12,000 students across the province each year. Discover how your students can engage with world-renowned writers or keep up to date on the latest, recommended releases by exploring our offerings.
Our youth education programs are presented thanks to the generous support of Bonnie Mah, Robin Pascoe, and Rodney Briggs.
Writers in the Classroom
After two years, our Writers in the Classroom program—designed to connect children and youth to authors through live, interactive events—will take place in-person from October to December! Invite an author from our stellar 2022 Vancouver Writers Fest lineup to discuss their most recent title (and share secrets of the writing craft) with your class this fall.
These visits—offered FREE to schools—will enliven and enrich classroom discussion in the lead-up to the author’s appearance, and leave you much to unpack with your students afterwards.
We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2022 installment of Writers in the Classroom. Look forward to our spring Writers in the Classroom announcement in March 2023!
Writers in the Classroom has allowed and impelled my students to believe that anyone can become a writer and to stay passionate in writing. Authors have given students personal tips and advice that worked for them and ignited young minds to be open to new possibilities!
I would highly recommend becoming involved in the VWF for entertainment but also to impress upon students that they can write about anything and with practice, their writing will improve. It is wonderful to see reluctant writers become unstoppable authors.
Thank you to the Vancouver Writers Fest for the virtual ‘Writers in the Classroom’ event with Indigenous author Michelle Good. Having an experienced author from a marginalized voice was very empowering for our students. Good’s presence allowed my students to engage in the process of literary analysis from the back end; how does authorship work, what are intentions and imperatives set, the experience of being intentional with their message.
Kevin and Basil Sylvester’s virtual Writers in the Classroom event led us to some important conversations about identity and I love that the authors told my students that the message of their book is to love and accept yourself. It is so important for them to hear that.
Students from kindergarten to grade 12 joined us from schools across the Lower Mainland to hear from authors at our 2022 Festival. After two years of online youth programming, it was a joy to see students on Granville Island again, and to witness how excited they were to engage with authors and ideas.
With thanks to support from TELUS, we were also thrilled to make youth events at our 2022 Festival available for free livestreaming and on-demand viewing during Festival Week. Stay tuned for details on our October 2023 Festival events!