Vancouver Writers Fest

The 2022 Vancouver Writers Fest has concluded for the year. 

For more information about upcoming events happening around the year check out our website at


Volunteer recruitment for the 2023 Fest will begin likely in August of 2023.



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Mission Statement

The Vancouver Writers Fest is one of North America's premier literary events, held annually over seven days in late October. 

Inaugurated in 1988 as the brainchild of founding Artistic Director Alma Lee and now under the artistic direction of Leslie Hurtig, Vancouver Writers Fest attracts the world's best writers to Vancouver. Internationally renowned and undiscovered authors mingle with 17,000 readers of all ages in intimate, interactive and informal settings on Granville Island, an urban oasis in the heart of Vancouver. 

In January 2011, the Festival launched a twice-monthly reading series entitled Incite that is housed at the Central Library, downtown Vancouver. The series, which is free to the public, features a wide range of Canadian and international authors in events for readers.

Spreading the Word, the Festival's schools program, is the largest children's literary event in Canada. Each year we present great children's writers to more than 7,000 BC children and young people. .

The Vancouver Writers Fest is a registered non-profit charitable organization that operates with the support of public sector funding, ticket sales, advertising revenue, corporate sponsorships and donations.