Whistler Writers Festival

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

The Whistler Writers Festival has concluded for 2021. Please visit again for updated information for 2022.

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 2021. Please check back for updated event information for 2022.

2021 Festival Highlights

In 2021, the Whistler Writers Festival hosts its 20th anniversary with an in-person and online hybrid event, with the theme: celebration of words and stories. The thought-provoking weekend is packed with 13 reading events, 16 workshops, 60 authors and publishers, speaker panels, music, webinars and more.

Friday, October 15

MMMMMMmint – Cyprus Cuisine with A Happi Twist
Time: 5 – 5:45 PM
Details: Learn to make Cypriot appies and a cocktail featuring locally grown mint to enjoy at the live event.

The Literary Cabaret
Time: 6 – 7:15 PM
Details: A night of words and music held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler as a watch party, and available to stream online. Host Stephen Vogler brings his band West Coast Front back to the stage to perform with a host of writers beamed in via Zoom for a night of improvisation, innovation, rich storytelling embellished by sweet and soulful sounds, and guest authors.

Saturday, October 16

Saturday Night Gala
Time: 6 – 7 PM
Details: This festival favourite features award-winning novelist and short-story writer Thomas King, author of The Back of the Turtle, The Inconvenient Indian and Indians on Vacation in conversation with Ojibwe author Tanya Talaga. King’s latest novel, Sufferance, is a bold and provocative novel about the social and political consequences of the inequality created by privilege and power &endash; and what we might do about it.

Thrills, Chills and Authors Who Kill: A Murder Mystery and Discussion with Five Thriller Writers
Time: 1:15 – 2:30 PM
Details: Amber Cowie investigates five new thrillers by award-winning authors Gail Anderson-Dargatz (The Almost Wife), Linwood Barclay (Find You First), Bill Deverell (Stung), Joy Fielding (Cul-de-sac), and Linden MacIntyre (The Winter Wives). This online suspense session is packed with dark secrets, sabotage, high-stakes trials and of course, murder. Attendees will be able to participate in a ‘whodunit’ fanfiction crime story based on one of the authors’ characters. One winner will take home all five featured books.

Sunday, October 17

A Walk to Lost Lake and Back
Time: 9 – 10 AM
Details: Take a guided walk through the forests of Lost Lake Park. Inhale a dose of fresh air, get a little exercise, and enjoy invigorating short readings and writerly conversation with guest authors Howard White (Here on the Coast), Darrel J. McLeod (Peyakow: Reclaiming Cree Dignity), and Alix Ohlin (We Want What We Want) and moderator Grant Lawrence (Dirty Windshields).

The Sunday Brunch
Time: 11 AM – 12:15 PM
Details: This watch party features Alix Ohlin moderating in an insightful, wide-ranging conversation with guest authors that delves into nuanced fictional stories and non-fiction subject matter, involving: a meditation on the socio-political and economic forces that created African-Nova Scotia; a view of the global refugee crisis brought down to the level of a child’s eyes; a magical being who struggles against his nature; a forbidden union between two enslaved men; and stories of characters negotiating distance.

View the complete 2021 Whistler Writers Festival Program Guide

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

  • Take a walk along the Valley Trail, reconnect with the natural world and enjoy the falling leaves
  • Find space to put pen to paper in one of Whistler's cozy cafes or lounges
  • 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

Celebrating 20 Years
of Stories

The little festival that could; The Whistler Writers Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary, with 13 reading events and 16 workshops.

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Photos from Past Whistler Writers Festivals