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Whistler Writers Festival

2018 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 20%).

2018 Reading Pass

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

Reading Event 1: Canada’s Best Independent Authors

Whistler, BC
Meet some of the best independent authors in the country as finalists for the Whistler Independent Book Awards read from books nominated in fiction and non-fiction categories. Winners will be announced at Friday night’s Li... read more

Reading Event 2: An Evening of Stories and Songs

Whistler, BC
An Evening of Stories and Songs with host Grant Lawrence and special guests Dustin Bentall, Dave Bidini, Esi Edugyan, and Janet Marie Rogers

Workshop 2: Insights from Insiders: Trade Publishing in Canada Today

Whistler, BC
Amy Black, Kate Cassaday, Laurie Grassi, Vici Johnstone, Brian Kaufman, Douglas Richmond & Andrew Wooldridge

Workshop 3: Speed Dating: Pitch your Book/Idea to Publishers

Whistler, BC
Amy Black, Kate Cassaday, Laurie Grassi, Vici Johnstone, Brian Kaufman, Douglas Richmond & Andrew Wooldridge

Reading Event 5: The Literary Cabaret

Whistler, BC
Sharon Bala, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Kevin Chong, Lorna Crozier, Bill Gaston, Wayne Grady, Joel Thomas Hynes, Patrick Lane, Darrel J. McLeod, Merilyn Simonds, and Carolyn Marie Souaid

Reading Event 12: A Walk to Lost Lake and Back

Whistler, BC
Dave Bidini, Charles Demers, Wayne Grady, and Merilyn Simonds. Moderator: Grant Lawrence.
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Past Events

Spring Reading Event: Illuminating Worlds

Spring Reading Event: Illuminating Worlds

Whistler, BC
Doors & Drinks: 7pm  |  Show: 7:30pm Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre  |  Tickets $22 A memoir, a book of short stories, a long poem, and a novel. Come join us for Illuminating Worlds, an evening of readings and discussion in four genres with four authors: Chelene Knight, John Mavin, Arleen Par...
Friday, June 22 2018 7:00 PM 9:30 PM

SPRING READING EVENT: Outdoor Endurance & Survival

SPRING READING EVENT: Outdoor Endurance & Survival

Whistler, BC
What kind of physical and mental grit does it take to endure extreme conditions and situations faced outdoors? Come sit on the edge-of-your-seat with us at an evening with authors Erik Bjarnason, Kate Harris, Jan Redford and Paul Suter as they reveal tales of their personal explorations on the bo...
Friday, April 13 2018 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

READING EVENT 15: Doug Saunders in Conversation

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 Million Canadians Aren’t Enough), Barbara Gowdy (Little Sister), Monia Mazigh...
Sunday, October 15 2017 11:00 AM 1:00 PM

READING EVENT 14: A Walk to Lost Lake and Back

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 a little exercise, and enjoy invigorating writerly conversation with our gu...
Sunday, October 15 2017 9:00 AM 10:00 AM

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

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, in the case of our guest authors, why they choose a particular kind of st...
Saturday, October 14 2017 8:00 PM 11:00 PM

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

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 most out of a book discussion. Participants and book clubs are encouraged to...
Saturday, October 14 2017 4:30 PM 6:00 PM

READING EVENT 11: Book Launch – The Kawai Scrolls FREE

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 Ainu people in Japan and examines the concept of indigenous culture from a f...
Saturday, October 14 2017 4:00 PM 5:00 PM

READING EVENT 10: Writers of Non-Fiction

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, and the process and approach to bringing particular subject matter and experi...
Saturday, October 14 2017 3:00 PM 4:30 PM

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

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 great vividness and sensual intensity. To work re-enactively is to embody—in t...
Saturday, October 14 2017 2:30 PM 4:30 PM

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

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

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, BC
With Rodger Cove. 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 networks and original programing for the internet, in addition to the increasing opp...
Saturday, October 14 2017 2:30 PM 4:30 PM
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