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 Writers Fest'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.

Download the 2014 Spreading the Word festival preview brochure.


Festival School Events

Festival events are lively, intimate and thought provoking, with plenty of opportunity for discussion and for audience members to ask questions of the writers. The authors at Festival events are carefully selected for their ability to engage students and get them excited about reading. Events cover a wide range of subject areas and mesh with BC curriculum goals.



Reading with Writers

Local and visiting writers talk to students about reading and writing , and engage in lively discussions about books and the writing process. Reading with Writers events focus on disadvantaged schools and introduce students to authors who discuss what a writer does, how a book is created and how it ends up on the library shelf.


Writer in Residence

Spreading the Word outreach programs introduce young learners to a diverse range of engaging writers and books, both in and out of the classroom, in new and exciting ways. The Writer in Residence program offers a one week experience for students to work intensively with an author, and for the author to give readings at local schools and community centers.


La Joie de Lire

La Joie de Lire est à la fois le titre et l’objectif des programmes en français du Vancouver Writers Fest.


Spreading the Word Youth Writing Contest

The poetry and short story writing contest is open to students in Grades 8-12 from across BC. Winners will receive a cash prize and have their work published in The Claremont Review, a magazine that showcases aspiring young adult writers.