Whistler Readers & Writers Festival

The Whistler Readers and Writers Festival

– Newsletter #2
October 18-20, 2013

This year marks the 12th annual Whistler Readers and Writers Festival. Each year we strive to bring the very best Canadian and international authors to Whistler for a weekend packed with readings, workshops and lots of opportunities for you to meet some of your favourite authors. This weekend provides a chance for readers and writers alike to renew and recharge. And what a beautiful place to get inspiration, tucked in the mountains listening to and talking with your favourite authors. This year our opening night jazz and books gala hosted by local scribe, Stephen Vogler will include award-winning writer Patrick deWitt, Mary Swan, Peter Zuckerman, Janet Love Morrison, Roberta Rich and our 2013 Writer in Residence Ania Szado. The evening will see a fireside chat with guest authors who will also read snippets from their latest books.

We’ve added three new reading events, including one featuring poets, another showcasing crime and mystery writers, and a special Saturday night main stage reading with Giller prize winning author, Will Ferguson, in conversation with award winning broadcaster and best-selling author Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC’s Q. Jian will join us again on Sunday, October 20th to host a brunch and discussion with award winning authors Lisa Moore, Richard Wagamese, Jane Silcott, Meg Tilley, Genni Gunn and our very own Sue Oakey-Baker. Our signature workshops on journalism, memoir writing, writing for young readers, and writing historical fiction will be back with new instructors and new material. We’ve also added a publishing workshop on Friday afternoon, which will explore the various publishing options available to a writer who has a completed manuscript.

Is there any better time or excuse to enjoy Whistler in the autumn and renew your literary pursuits? Welcome to our festival.

Stella Harvey, Festival Director

For a complete look at the line-up and to buy tickets visit: www.whistlerreadersandwritersfestival.com

In the gear up to the festival we ask local writers and the visiting authors to put pen to paper for our blog page. So far we’ve had posts on the process of renewal, a writers time management skills and the trials and tribulations behind writing a book. Read more here.

Competition – Want to win some books?
As part of this exciting festival we are giving away a book from one of our guest authors every Wednesday starting September 1, 2013. All you have to do to get involved is “LIKE” us on Facebook, “FOLLOW” us on Twitter or sign up for our newsletter. A winner will be selected randomly each week from the festival followers.

The Book & Bed Festival Rate
In partnership with the Fairmont Chateau Whistler the festival is offering the “Book & Bed” special rate to festival attendees, press here to book

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch via email: writers@theviciouscircle.ca

About Shaleeta Harrison

I am the Executive Director of the FBCW.

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