Vancouver Writers Fest Key Volunteering Information

Key Volunteering Information:

The Vancouver Writers Fest welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds and experiences. We are proud to work with a diverse team. Thank you for considering joining us.

A detailed overview of policy, expectations, and key volunteering information will be able to be found in the volunteer handbook, which should be accessible to accepted volunteers by early October. Volunteers are expected to review the handbook in full before their first shift.

Some key highlights:


A 12 hour minimum commitment for Festival Week volunteers; those committing to at least 12 hours receive priority scheduling.

Full-time students are only expected to commit to a minimum of 6 hours of shifts.

Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. 

*Full-time students are required to work only six hours but will not be included in the ticket lottery (unless they commit to 12 hours), although they still may use their volunteer badge for other volunteer benefits. 

*Volunteers who work all of their hours prior to the Festival are asked to serve at least 15-20 hours. This is because they will be free during Festival Week to see events, whereas Festival Week volunteers will be busy fulfilling their assignments.

Shift times vary depending on your assignment. Some shifts start as early as 7:30 am (even on Saturday and Sunday) and evening shifts can run until (and occasionally past) midnight!

Cancellation policy: If you cannot make a shift which you have confirmed, please let us know as soon as possible! Please call 604 682 6330 x 101 or email or 

*If you inform us ahead of time, it gives us the opportunity to try and fill the shift. Your fellow volunteers, Festival authors and staff depend upon you showing up and fulfilling your assignment. Please don't let us down! We take a dim view of No Shows. Please inform us of issues to your being able to fulfill/complete a shift as soon as you are able.



Volunteers who fulfill their commitment receive one free ticket to a Festival event, awarded through the Volunteer Ticket Lottery. Accepted volunteers who have confirmed their schedules will be notified about how to submit lottery choices.

*Volunteers can sometimes see events which they are working, but this depends on the assignment and the event and is at the discretion of supervising staff. 

*Free admission is also possible for events where unsold seating is still available. Show your Volunteer ID badge to the event box office and sign-up on the venue wait list. Tickets are released on a first-come first-served standby basis. 

*10% discount at the Festival Bookstore (Origins Coffee, 1245 Cartwright St.) - show your volunteer badge.

*Free travel on False Creek Ferries (not AquaBus) during Fest Week (Oct 17-23rd)  - show your volunteer badge

*Volunteer party with open mic - if possible, considering covid and capacity limits

*Reference letters on request

Please note:

Parking is limited on Granville Island, with free parking only before 11 am and after 6 pm anywhere on the island, even in the covered parking lots!

 *We are not able to give out bus tickets or reimburse for parking and cannot pay parking tickets.

We communicate almost entirely via email - please register using an email that you check and use regularly.

Many thanks! We look forward to working with you!!

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