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Vancouver Writers Fest


The Vancouver Writers Fest turns literature into a community experience, bringing people together to share thoughts, explore ideas, and witness brilliant conversations.

For the past 30 years, the Writers Fest has touched and inspired thousands by creating a forum for authors to connect with readers, and by offering a vibrant exchange of ideas and conversation.

The Festival is a celebration of story as told by authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. For six days in October, this celebration takes place in the cultural oasis of Granville Island. Our programming continues throughout the year with the Incite reading series at the VPL, special events with leading writers, and our Spreading the Word education outreach programs at Lower Mainland schools and in small BC communities.

Through Spreading the Word, the Festival can reignite a teacher’s passion for teaching, mesmerize a teenager who rarely looks up from her phone, or engage a child who is a reluctant reader. Festival events encourage discussion and reflection, connect old friends, and introduce new ones.

Ideas create books, but people create our Festival. The Writers Fest brings people of all backgrounds together—writers, children, adults, staff, and hundreds of volunteers—all of whom love to read. They also love what reading represents: the stirring of ideas, the sparks of recognition, and the realization that we are all connected.