Whistler Writers Festival

October 11 - 15, 2017

The 2016 Whistler Writers Festival has ended. We look forward to bringing you details of the 2017 event when they are announced.

The Whistler Writers Festival (formerly the Whistler Readers and Writers Festival) is an annual fall event celebrating the written word. It's a chance to meet renowned authors, listen to lively speakers panels and attend workshops on publishing, comedy and word craft before gathering for evenings of music and great conversation with other readers and writers.

Whether you are an avid reader, aspiring writer or an established author, you'll find something special in the program. This year's offerings include evenings with food and wine, comedy and crime writing plus a special day-long publishing and pitching workshop. Over 70 performers will be entertaining festival go-ers including Bill Richardson, Emma Donoghue, Nick Bantock, Deborah Campbell, Ronald Wright and many more!

Festival Tips & Highlights

  • Bring your Comedy Quickies ticket and receive a 20% discount on food at The Brewhouse before the show.
  • Aspiring author? 10 publishers and agents will be present at The Speed Dating Publishing Session for participants to pitch book ideas to.
  • Don't miss events that sell out early: Murder Mystery/Crime Writers Lunch, Speed Dating Publishing Session, Book Club: How to Discuss a Book, Comedy Quickies, Literary Cabaret, Gala, Sunday Brunch. Get tickets.
  • Two new events are happening on the Sunday - Fiction vs. Non-Fiction Showdown and a discussion with award-winning authors, Ronald Wright and Deborah Campbell in conversation with the Globe and Mail’s Marsha Lederman.
  • Tasting the Divine: Cooks with Books will be featuring local talent, James Walt (Araxi) and Brian Misko (House of Q) at the acclaimed Audain Art Museum.

Whistler in Fall

Fall is a cozy time of year, where crisp air invites walks through the forest and fireplaces beckon for conversations with friends. Pack books and a notepad and take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet in the mountains.

Suggested activities

  • Find space to put pen to paper in one of Whistler's cozy cafes or lounges
  • Take a walk along the Valley Trail, reconnect with the natural world and enjoy the falling leaves
  • Relaxation is key to creativity - take time out to visit a spa
  • Find inspirations in Whistler's art galleries, Museum, Library and Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
  • Take home a book from the collection at Whistler's own independent book store - Armchair Books
Whistler Writers Festival 2017

Perseverance: Whistler Writers
Festival Celebrates 15 Years

From a local living room to a multi-day celebration of the written word - Whistler’s Writers Festival is a home-grown success.

Audain Art Museum Whistler

Moments of Inspiration:
Arts and Culture Itinerary

Prepare to be surprised and delighted when you uncover our creative side, where art is woven into everyday life and you're invited to join the fun.

Summer Lodging Deals - Stay Longer, Save More

Extend Your Weekend with a Midweek Stay
from $125 CAD / $95 USD per night

Sometimes it takes more than a weekend to actually enjoy your weekend. Plan and book your Summer stay early for the best rates and availability.

Photos from Past Readers and Writers Festivals