Words shape our worlds. They can delight, inspire, provoke, comfort, and unite—as do the authors, journalists, and poets who wield them. At the Vancouver Writers Fest, we encourage readers of all ages to explore the power of storytelling, and books, through our dozens of events with local and international writers.
Our mission: We connect people to exceptional books, ideas, and dialogue through year-round programming that ignites a passion for words and the world around us.
Our vision: A world in which the transformative power of books and ideas is the foundation of an empathetic, inspired, and just society.
Our activities to achieve this include both year-round programming and our flagship, annual literary festival: one of the largest, and most prestigious, in North America which brings tens of thousands of audience members to see events with local and international authors during one week in October.
Funds raised at Whisky & Words benefits the Vancouver Writers Fest’s youth education programs which includes subsidized tickets and bus subsidies, Writers in the Classroom events, and our Youth Writing Contest.