Kingston WritersFest

Did you know that ticket sales only cover 18% of Kingston WritersFest's annual operating costs? Your donation plays an essential role in supporting quality programming, no-cost recovery children and youth programs, literacy, arts, and culture in our community. Our four-day readers' and writers' festival featured more than 60 top Canadian and international authors in 50 events – readings, onstage conversations, performances, and Writers Studio master classes for emerging and established writers. Among our author alumni are Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, Paul Auster, Annie Proulx, David Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Joseph Boyden, Roméo Dallaire, Jane Urquhart, Anita Rau Badami, Richard Gwyn, and more. We promote literacy in the schools through a TeensWrite! contest; Festival Field Trips, which bring high-school students to special youth events; and Authors@School, which takes writers into elementary schools. We collaborate with Queen’s University and numerous local arts partners, and offer all students free rush seats to onstage events.

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