Vancouver Writers Fest

The 2021 Vancouver Writers Fest this fall will be a lively combination of in-person, digital and hybrid digital/in-person events, all on Granville Island. 

A familiar mix of author interviews, panels, and collaborations will be offered during Festival Week Oct 18-24. 

Our volunteer needs will be dramatically reduced, thanks to the reduction in the number of in-person live events. 


For more information, check the Festival website


For details about he festival’s full author lineup, as well as the name of this year’s guest curator, click here



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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. Our 2021 Festival runs from Monday evening Oct 18 through Sunday Oct 24.

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.