Whistler Writers Festival

October 11 – 14, 2018

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 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 Whistler Writers Festival program. This year's offerings include evenings with food, music and stories, a crime writing lunch, plus several craft workshops and a pitch your work to publishers session.


Festival Tips & Highlights

  • Sample appetizers at the Chef's Reception, Tasting the Divine.
  • Aspiring author? Seven publishers will be present for pitches at The Speed Dating Publishing Session.
  • Don't miss events that sell out early: the Literary Salon specially designed for book clubs, Crime Writers Lunch, Panel Discussion: Publishers Roundtable Discussion, Literary Cabaret, Gala, Sunday Brunch, Sunday's walk to Lost Lake with authors and readings. Get tickets.

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

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Photos from Past Readers and Writers Festivals