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Whistler Writers Festival

2017 Festival Pass

Whistler, BC
The Festival Pass includes access to all reading events and workshops. Must choose one event when there are concurrent events.(SAVE 16%)

2017 Reading Pass

Whistler, BC
The Reading Pass includes access to all reading events. Must choose one event when there are concurrent events.

WORKSHOP 1: Tales from the Trenches Lunch

Summit Lodge, Whistler, BC
Bring your questions and your appetite to this informal round-table discussion of modern publishing realities. A panel of successful fiction and non-fiction authors, both independently and traditionally published, will sha... read more

WORKSHOP 2: Out of the Attic: Engaging Your Audience

Summit Lodge, Whistler, BC
How do you establish yourself as a successful author in today’s crowded marketplace? How do you connect with prospective readers? This hands-on workshop will help you position your book, create opportunities to meet reader... read more

READING EVENT 1: Canada’s Best Independent Authors of 2017 FREE

Whistler Public Library,Whistler, BC
Accomplished writers are increasingly turning to independent publishing as a financially and creatively satisfying alternative to the traditional model. Meet some of the best independent authors in the country as finalists... read more

READING EVENT 2: Comedy Quickies

Maury Young Arts Centre,Whistler, BC
Part writing-contest, part irreverent variety show, Comedy Quickies features bite-sized sketch, stand-up, songs and monologues in a competition to see who can make us laugh the most. Cash and prizes are awarded for Best Co... read more

WORKSHOP 3: Publishing Alternatives

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Caitlin Press and Vivalogue Publishing. Caitlin Press will present a brief overview of trade publishing in Canada. Topics will include shaping a manuscript for publication, finding the right publisher, preparing the p... read more

WORKSHOP 4: Panel Discussion: Publishers Roundtable Discussion

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
We invite seven Canadian publishers Lynn Henry (Penguin Random House), Karen Haughian (Signature Editions), Taryn Boyd (Touchwood), Vici Johnstone (Caitlin Press), Don Gorman (Rocky Mountain Books), Suzanne Sutherland (Har... read more

WORKSHOP 5: Speed Dating: Pitch your Book/Idea to Publishers and Editors

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Get smack-dab in front of publishing decision-makers for 15 minutes to pitch your book or story idea one-on-one and receive feedback. Don’t have a book to pitch? Take this opportunity to ask questions about what the publis... read more

READING EVENT 3: The Booklovers’ Workshop & Literary Salon I

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Caroline Adderson will lead an invigorating conversation with best-selling author Frances Itani on how to get the most out of a book discussion. Participants and book clubs are encouraged to read Itani’s latest book That’s... read more

WORKSHOP 6: 50 Is the New Writer

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Lenore Rowntree. Have you been writing alone in obscurity for years? Do you think everyone else but you knows how to push forward? Ever thought maybe you should give up now because you’re not young enough anymore to b... read more

READING EVENT 4: Tasting the Divine: Cooks With Books

Audain Art Museum, Whistler, BC
A chefs’ reception and book signing with Caren McSherry, and Leah Garrad-Cole. Meet chefs Caren McSherry, cookbook author and owner of The Gourmet Warehouse, and local entrepreneur Leah Garrad-Cole, author of her cookbook,... read more

READING EVENT 5: Literary Cabaret

Maury Young Arts Centre,Whistler, BC
Local musicians provide a vibrant and improvisational accompaniment to our guest authors as they read and perform from their masterworks. Featuring authors David Chariandy, Leanne Dunic, Terry Fallis, Steven Heighton, Hele... read more

WORKSHOP 7: Awakening Your Inner Teen

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Novels for youth with Susin Nielsen. The juvenile fiction market is booming, and more and more books are crossover hits that appeal to adults as well. But writing well for tweens and teens means being able to create realis... read more

WORKSHOP 8: Memoirabilia

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Miji Campbell. This memoir workshop invites you to explore the possibilities and power in your own writing. You will be given suggestions to create a story, along with tips and tools to tell it in a meaningful way. No... read more

READING EVENT 6: Writers of Fiction

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Lenore Rowntree, Jane Eaton Hamilton, Jim Nason, and Joan B. Flood and the fiction winner of the Whistler Independent Book Prize. Author Claudia Casper explores the essential elements of fiction through our guest authors’ ... read more

READING EVENT 7: The Places Children’s and YA Literature Dares to Go FREE

Whistler Public Library,Whistler, BC
With Susin Nielsen, Sara Leach, Cary Fagan and Drew Hayden Taylor. Publishing trends are leaning towards diverse voices, fresh setups, and unique people, places and events. How do you create a voice that mesmerizes, or fin... read more

WORKSHOP 9: Engaging People with Place through Biography

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Some practical and philosophical tips with Briony Penn. This workshop is for non-fiction writers (especially in science and environment), interested in biography as a novel way to engage and inspire. Briony Penn is an awar... read more

WORKSHOP 10: Songwriting

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Shari Ulrich. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring a song to share, either self-accompanied, recorded onto CD, or lyrics. This provides an invaluable vehicle for discussing the wide range of elements that ser... read more

READING EVENT 8: Speaking Our Silence – The Poetry of Courage

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Roo Borson, Kevin Connolly, Sandra Ridley and Suzannah Showler. Life’s most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. But the inexpressible can also transform us. Poets Roo Borson (Cardinal in the Eastern White Ceda... read more

READING EVENT 9: Crime Writers Lunch

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
John MacLachlan Gray, Sheena Kamal, Michael Redhill, Alisa Smith and Jenny D. Williams. Feet Banks steals us away through the deceptive twists and turns of the crime, mystery and thriller genres. Join us for stories that e... read more

WORKSHOP 11: Writing as Re-enaction: Prose that Engages the Senses

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Steven Heighton. Writing as re-enaction is a crucial, if largely invisible technique that good poets use, but it can be vitally important to prose writers as well. It allows them to create sentences or passages of gre... read more

WORKSHOP 12: So, You Want to be a Screenwriter?

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Michael Baser. What are the basics of screenwriting story structure? How do you create compelling characters? Is your idea a television series or a movie? With new cable channels, streaming services, satellite network... read more

WORKSHOP 13: Writing Workshop for Young Writers FREE

Whistler Public Library,Whistler, BC
With Susin Nielsen (must be under 19 to attend). In this hour and a half long session, Susin Nielsen will talk about how she became a writer, and do a short reading from one of her novels to open up a discussion on charact... read more

READING EVENT 10: Writers of Non-Fiction

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
A festival favourite, this event showcases the diversity that is non-fiction writing, from memoir to biography, investigative reporting to creative non-fiction. Panel and audience discussion will centre around readings, an... read more

READING EVENT 11: Book Launch – The Kawai Scrolls FREE

Whistler Public Library,Whistler, BC
Join us for the offcial launch of The Kawai Scrolls, winner of the inaugural Whistler Book Prize for Independent Authors. The Kawai Scrolls charts the picaresque adventures of a young American anthropologist studying the A... read more

READING EVENT 12: The Booklovers’ Workshop & Literary Salon II

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
The Literary Salon is designed especially for book lovers and book clubs who crave frank and enlightening discussion about reading. JJ Lee will lead a provocative conversation with author Doug Saunders, on how to get the m... read more

READING EVENT 13: When Reality Looks Like Fiction, How do you Write Your Way to the Truth?

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Doug Saunders, Leslie Anthony, Claudia Casper and Gurjinder Basran.  The festival’s gala reading event sees Grant Lawrence lead a conversation about why authors choose fiction or non-fiction to tell a particular story. And... read more

READING EVENT 14: A Walk to Lost Lake and Back

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Terry Fallis, Shelley O’Callaghan and Mark Leiren-Young. Solvitur ambulando. “It is solved by walking.” Take a walk with us to the beach and back through the pine forests of Lost Lake Park. Inhale a dose of fresh air, get ... read more

READING EVENT 15: Doug Saunders in Conversation

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Barbara Gowdy, Monia Mazigh, Frances Itani, Michael Harris and Lee Maracle. Join us for a delicious brunch and indulge your literary cravings during a conversation between moderator Doug Saunders (Maximum Canada: Why 35 Mi... read more
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Past Events

Spring Reading Series: Sea to Sky Discovery

Spring Reading Series: Sea to Sky Discovery

Whistler, BC
Sea to Sky Discovery invites four established Canadian and Indigenous authors to share the stage with local Sea to Sky Corridor writers and musicians to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. Authors Joan Haggerty (The Dancehall Years), Susan Juby (The Fashion Committee), Bev Sellars (Price Paid: T...
Friday, June 30 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Spring Reading Series: Historical Fiction

Spring Reading Series: Historical Fiction

Whistler, BC
Ride back into the recent and distant past in the Spring Reading Series: Historical Fiction reading event with authors Janie Chang, Kate Quinn, Roberta Rich and Jennifer Robson. History is anything but ho-hum in their latest novels, set in times and places of shocking upheaval. We visit China, fr...
Thursday, June 29 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Spring Reading Series: Open Lives

Spring Reading Series: Open Lives

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
The door is opening, and four authors are beckoning you in to hear tales of extraordinary times in their lives: traveling the world as lead singer in the notorious Vancouver band The Smugglers; chucking the secure life and ski-bumming through nine countries in a never-ending winter; confronting t...
Friday, May 5 2017 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Reading Event 14: Marsha Lederman in Conversation

Reading Event 14: Marsha Lederman in Conversation

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Ronald Wright and Deborah Campbell. How do we make sense of a complex world, and why should we try to understand other cultures? Join the Globe and Mail’s Western Arts Correspondent Marsha Lederman as she asks these questions and more of historian, novelist and essayist Ronald Wright, and aw...
Sunday, October 16 2016 2:00 PM 3:00 PM

Reading Event 13: Bill Richardson in Conversation

Reading Event 13: Bill Richardson in Conversation

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Satisfy your literary cravings with a conversation between Bill Richardson and Emma Donoghue (Room), Gary Geddes (Falsework), Affinity Konar (The Illustrated Version of Things), Cea Sunrise Person (North of Normal), Anosh Irani (The Parcel) and Madeline Thien (Dogs at the Perimeter).  This sessi...
Sunday, October 16 2016 11:00 AM 1:00 PM

Reading Event 12: Fiction vs Non-Fiction? Really?

Reading Event 12: Fiction vs Non-Fiction? Really?

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Richard Van Camp, Jennifer Manuel, Craig Davidson, Endre Farkas, C.S. Reardon. It won’t exactly be arm-wrestling, but more like watching these two meta-genres go head-to-head in a lively pas de deux highlighting writing’s essential dichotomy. What drives a writer into either camp? When do you cho...
Sunday, October 16 2016 9:30 AM 10:45 AM

Reading Event 11: Marsha Lederman in conversation with Jane Urquhart

Reading Event 11: Marsha Lederman in conversation with Jane Urquhart

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
The festival’s feature presentation sees Marsha Lederman in conversation with Jane Urquhart, the award-winning author of seven internationally acclaimed novels: The Whirlpool, which received Le prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book Award) in France; Changing Heaven; Away, winner of t...
Saturday, October 15 2016 8:00 PM 10:00 PM

Workshop 12: The Lives of Writers: Carol Shields, A Legacy

Workshop 12: The Lives of Writers: Carol Shields, A Legacy

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Anne Giardini and Nicholas Giardini. In the course of her extraordinary career, which included the novels The Stone Diaries, Larry’s Party, The Republic of Love and Unless, as well as poetry, short stories, biography and plays, Carol Shields was unfailingly encouraging of other writers. Auth...
Saturday, October 15 2016 4:30 PM 6:00 PM

Reading Event 10: Writers of Fiction

Reading Event 10: Writers of Fiction

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
Join award-winning author, and moderator Genni Gunn as she traverses the diverse themes and subjects of the guest authors’ books, including: a collision of mental illness and the death of a killer whale; the reunion of an estranged family during a sailboat race; the delicate dynamic between First...
Saturday, October 15 2016 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

Workshop 10: Character Bootcamp

Workshop 10: Character Bootcamp

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Susan Juby. Does your character have what it takes to star in your full-length novel? This workshop will help you find out. We will review the elements that unforgettable characters have in common and learn a series of exercises and techniques that can take under- performing characters and m...
Saturday, October 15 2016 2:30 PM 4:30 PM
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