Sunday, January 20, 2019

20+ Literary Festivals in Canada

From BC to Newfoundland--a year full of literary festivals.

the panel discussion before the panel discussion--that's me on the right
photo by bdyck

I've greatly benefitted from attending writing festivals in so many ways--skill development and inspiration and encouragement and networking and improved self-esteem and... Whether you're attempting to write your first story or just released your 50th book, I highly recommend attending one or several. Here's a year's worth--for your consideration (this isn't a complete list, but I've tried). If you're disappointed by the brevity of the list--bless you--there are more extensive lists at the end of the post.


Galiano Literary Festival
Galiano Island, BC


Growing Room:  A Feminist Literary Festival
Vancouver, BC


Sidney Lit Fest
Sidney, BC


Festival of Literary Diversity (Fold)
Brampton, Ontario

Ottawa International Writers Festival
Ottawa, Ontario

Festival of Trees
'the largest literary event for young readers in Canada'
Waterloo, Ontario 
London, Ontario 
Toronto, Ontario 

Alice Munro Festival of the short story
Huron County, Ontario


Take a break. Read a book. Write a story.


Lakefield Literary Festival
Lakefield, Ontario

Read by the Sea
River John, Nova Scotia

Ochre Pit Cove
Conception Bay


Writers at Woody Point
Bonne Bay, Newfoundland

London, Ontario


Eden Mills Writers Festival
Eden Mills, Ontario

The Word on the Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Word on the Street
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Telling Tales Festival
'inspiring a love of reading and raising awareness of literacy'
Rockton, Ontario

The Winnipeg International Writers Festival (Thin Air)
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kingston Writers Fest
Kingston, Ontario

Word Vancouver
Vancouver, BC

Victoria Festival of Authors
Victoria, BC

Cabot Trail Writers Festival
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia


Fog Lit Festival
Saint John, New Brunswick

Whistler Writers Festival
Whistler, BC

Book Bash Canadian Literature Festival

Ottawa International Writers Festival
Ottawa, Ontario

Toronto International Festival of Authors
Harbourfront Centre
Toronto, Ontario

Stratford Writer's Festival
Stratford, Ontario

Surrey International Writers' Conference
Surrey, BC

November, December, January

Cuddle up with a good book and dream of next year's literary festivals

more extensive lists...

Canadian Festivals and Reading Series
The Writers' Union of Canada

Question:  (maybe you have the same one) Why are there no Canadian literary festivals in June? Huh?