Whistler Writers Festival

October 11 – 14, 2018

Whistler Writers Festival has finished for 2017. Check back for updates on the 2018 event.

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 craft beer, comedy and crime writing plus a publishing and pitching workshops.

Festival Tips & Highlights

  • Sample appetizers and craft beer at the Chef's Reception for Tasting the Divine with cookbook authors Caren McSherry and Leah Garrad-Cole.
  • Aspiring author? 7 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: Crime Writers Lunch, Panel Discussion: Publishers Roundtable Discussion, Comedy Quickies, Literary Cabaret, Gala, Sunday Brunch. Get tickets.
  • The special Saturday night main stage event will host CBC's Grant Lawrence in conversation with the Globe and Mail's Doug Saunders, Leslie Anthony, Claudia Casper and Gurjinder Basran.
  • The Book lovers' Workshop & Literary Salon II: Pick up your copy of Why 35 Million Canadians are Not Enough for the discussion at local bookstore Armchair Books.

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

Whistler Writers Festival
The Penultimate Fireside Book Chat

Insider Feet Banks chats with author, musician and CBC radio personality Grant Lawrence about the upcoming Whistler Writers Festival.

Whistler Village in Autumn

Autumn in Whistler:
September to Snow

Gloriously colourful, laid-back and offering dining specials, sales and festivals with an artistic twist - it's hard not to fall for this time of year.

Whistler Summer Lodging Deals

Whistler Summer Lodging Deals
Midweek Rooms from $99 CAD per night

Book early and save on summer in Whistler. Plus, book 3+ nights and receive a free $25 adventure voucher.

Photos from Past Readers and Writers Festivals