Whistler Writers Festival

October 17 – 20, 2019

The Whistler 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. Events include evenings with food, music and stories, plus several workshops.

2018 Festival Tips & Highlights

Here's what happened for 2018. Please check back for new 2019 event details.

  • Sample appetizers at Cooks with Books: Passionate Locavore Edition
  • Aspiring author? Seven publishers are 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 A Walk to Lost Lake with authors and readings.

Whistler Writer's Festival – Stay 2 Nights from $125 CAD per night

Don't miss out on any of the literary action. Extend your stay in Whistler with 2 nights available from only $125 CAD per night.

*$125 CAD rate based on a 2 adults sharing a standard hotel room. Rate based on availability and subject to change. All rates are transacted in Canadian dollars. USD $ rates are based on a 0.75 exchange rate and may change with fluctuations in currency.

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

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Photos from Past Whistler Writers Festivals