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.

La Joie de Lire est à la fois le titre et l’objectif des programmes en français du Vancouver International Writers Festival.  Les activités de La Joie de Lire sont principalement destinées aux écoliers.  Quatre auteurs québécois y participeront dans le cadre des activités offertes aux élèves de la maternelle à la douzième année.  Elaine Arsenault, François Barcelo, Sylvain Hotte, et Dany Laferrière seront en vedette lors des activités scolaires.

Spreading the Word is supported by the Kinder Morgan Foundation and RBC Foundation.

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.


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 fi nancial 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.

Veuillez noter qu’une quantité limitée de subventions sont disponibles et sont accordées en fonction des besoins financiers par l’entremise du Cynthia Woodward Development Fund. Composez le 604-681-6330, poste 103 ou écrivez au generalmanager@writersfest.bc.ca.


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.

YOUTHWRITES is a writing contest for secondary school students. Prizes include a day at Youthink magazine, tickets to a Festival school event and a collection of books.
YouthWrites is supported by the Chris Spencer Foundation and is produced in partnership with Youthink Magazine.

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. This October Rukhsana Khan will be writer in residence in Prince Rupert.
The Writer-in–Residence program is sponsored by BC Transmission Corporation and supported by 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.