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 34 great events for grades K-12, in French and English. Find study guides for each event at www.writersfest.bc.ca/schools.

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

READING WITH WRITERS – Festival authors visit local inner city classrooms during the Festival and throughout the year to inspire young readers and writers. Reading with Writers is sponsored by HSBC Bank Canada and supported by the Raise-A-Reader fund.

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. This year the contest will take place in Kelowna area and Lower Mainland schools. Rookie Writer is supported by the Chris Spencer Foundation and is produced in partnership with CBC British Columbia.

SUBSIDY FOR SCHOOL GROUPS The Vancouver International Writers Festival acknowledges the Cynthia Woodward Development Program, 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 generalmanager@writersfest.bc.ca.

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE Festival authors spend a week in residence in a small BC community working with creative writing students at a secondary school, and reading at elementary schools and in the community. In May, Chris Humphreys was writer-in-residence in Lantzville and in October authors Marie-Louise Gay and David Homel will be writers-in-residence. The Writer-in–Residence program is sponsored by BC Transmission Corporation and supported by the Michael R. Shaw Outreach Program.

ABOUT THE MICHAEL R. SHAW FUND Michael R. Shaw was a young man who loved the outdoors and whose life was cut short in 2003 when he and some of his classmates were taken by an avalanche in BC. 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 Kinder Morgan Foundation, Vancouver Airport Authority and by our corporate, government and individual supporters.