Spreading the Word

It's about reading and writing, books and writers. It's eclectic, exciting, entertaining and thought provoking. Spreading the Word, the Vancouver International Writers Festival's schools program, offers K-12 students and teachers the rare opportunity to engage with internationally renowned writers at the Festival and in the classroom.

AT THE FESTIVAL there are 31 great events for grades K-12, in French and English. Find study guides for each event at www.writersfest.bc.ca/schools.
Generously supported by The Alan and Margaret Eyre Foundation and the Kinder Morgan Foundation.

are designed for teachers and senior students as well as for the general public.
Sponsored by Kidsbooks.

- Festival authors will visit local inner city classrooms during the Festival to inspire young readers and writers.
Sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada and Raise-a-Reader.

ROOKIE WRITER is a writing contest for secondary school students. Prizes include a day in the CBC studio, tickets to a Festival school event and a collection of books courtesy of Raincoast Books.
Rookie Reporter is produced in partnership with CBC British Columbia.

SPREADING THE WORD 4 - two Festival events will be filmed before a live school audience. The Spreading the Word 4 DVD will be distributed free of charge to schools and libraries throughout BC.
Sponsored by TELUS and is a partnership and mentorship initiative of CBC British Columbia, Langara College Film Arts Alumni and the Vancouver International Writers Festival.

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival acknowledges the Cynthia Woodward Development Fund, the result of many years of dedicated fundraising by Cynthia Woodward. Her vision and generosity enable us to subsidize tickets for school groups. A limited number of subsidies based on financial need are available. To inquire about a subsidy, please contact the General Manager at 604 681 6330 local 103, or at ahumphreys@writersfest.bc.ca.

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE connects a Festival author with a secondary school and BC community. This year Carrie Mac will be in residence in Terrace.
The Writer-in-Residence program is generously supported by the Michael R. Shaw Outreach Program and BC Transmission Corporation.

About the Michael R. Shaw Fund
Michael R. Shaw was a young man who loved the outdoors and whose life was cut short when he and some of his classmates were taken by an avalanche in BC in 2003. The Michael R. Shaw Fund was established through the generosity of the Woodward family and the Festival is honoured to lend Michael's name to this program.

SPREADING THE WORD is generously supported by our corporate, government and individual supporters.