Whistler Writer’s Festival

It's almost time for the annual Whistler Writer's Festival. From October 11th -14th, the village becomes a place for celebrating the written word. Readers and writers unite over the course of the festival for workshops and readings, but the excitement doesn't stop there. The schedule is lined with ways to improve as well as enjoy the written art. Authors come from all over the world to speak and share their own experiences, experts discuss the how-to's of the literary world, and there are fun options that mix the admiration for words with other avenues such as food. If the literary arts is something you love, come to the mountains to share your passion with others during the Whistler Writer's Festival. 


The Whistler Writer's Festival was locally founded in 2001 and since, has steadily grown in size. Its aim was to help promote the literary arts in the Sea To Sky area through showcasing local, regional and internationally known Canadian writers. Additionally, there has always been an emphasis on helping local aspiring authors through workshops and exposure to other more established people in the literary industry. 

Must Attend Events

Canada’s Best Independent Authors

Date: Thursday October 11th

Location: Whistler Public Library

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. 

Speed Dating: Pitch your Book/Idea to Publishers

Date: Friday October 12th

Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Meet publishing decision-makers for 15 minutes to pitch your book or story idea one-on-one and receive feedback. Come prepared with a five-minute pitch and/or questions for the publishers. The session includes up to two pitches of your choice, on a first-come, first-choice basis.

Through the Eyes of a Child

Date: Saturday October 13th

Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Learn how to write stories for children by looking at writing through a child's eyes. In this workshop with Penny Draper use drawing to get in touch with your inner child!

A Walk to Lost Lake and Back

Date: Sunday October 14th

Location: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Take a walk to the beach and back through the forests of Lost Lake Park. While you hike, enjoy the short readings and writerly conversation with guest authors Dave Bidini, Charles Demers, Wayne Grady, and Merilyn Simonds. The flat gravel trail is a 4 km round trip. Rain or shine. 

The Whistler Writer's Festival is an exciting event happening during the fall that brings people together who love to read and write. This addition to the many other fall activities has made Whistler even more of a destination during the autumn months. To book your stay during the Whistler Writer's Festival, visit Whistler Reservations