Whistler Writers Festival

October 14 – 17, 2021

Please visit again for information on 2021 events.

The Whistler Writers Festival is an annual fall event celebrating the written word. It's a chance to meet the very best Canadian and international authors, attend workshops, readings and speaker panels, 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.

Here's what happened for 2020. Please check back for updated event information for 2021.

2020 Festival Highlights

With a focus on intimacy and thoughtful discourse, the 2020 edition will continue to present popular events.

  • The Literary Cabaret, Saturday Night Gala and Sunday Brunch will run in a reimagined way
  • More than 50 authors, publishers and guest presenters in attendance
  • Authors and attendees come together for real-time conversations, including onscreen Q & A sessions during and after readings, live-streaming masterclass workshops, virtual pitching sessions and other digital opportunities and webinars to exchange ideas
  • Festival headliner is Wade Davis, joined by distinguished Canadian and international literary arts talents, Emily St. John Mandel, Marina Endicott, David Bergen, Waubgeshig Rice, Caroline Adderson, Dakshana Bascaramurty and Michelle Good

Don't miss events that sell out early:

  • Booklover's Literary Salon for book clubs, featuring Cherie Dimaline
  • Guest author readings from their spine-tingling works at the Crime Writers Lunch
  • Readings from some of Canada’s best-loved authors accompanied by live music at The Literary Cabaret
  • An invigorating walk and writerly conversation on Sunday's A Walk to Lost Lake
  • Sunday Brunch with a thoughtful conversation that goes beyond the headlines and sound bites

Whistler in Fall

Fall is a cozy time of year, where crisp air invites walks through the forest and fireplaces beckon to settle in with your favourite book. While the festival is virtual this year, why not partake from Whistler, where there is plenty of creative inspiration, outdoor space and fresh mountain air.

Pack books and a notepad and take some time to enjoy the peace and quiet in the mountains.

Suggested activities

  • 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
People discussing a book at Whistler Writers Festival

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Photos from Past Whistler Writers Festivals