Whistler Writers Festival

Did you know that each October, event organizer and published Author: Stella Leventoyannis Harvey and her team organize one of the best Authors, Writers, Industry Speakers & participant annual events in Whistler, British Columbia.

Update for 2020 – the (19th Annual) Whistler Writers Festival Website is going “On line – Oct. 15 to 18, 2020”

Stella notes – moving to a ‘virtual festival’ this year will showcase not only readings, workshops, events, but also Whistler as a community as we expect the national, international community to also join us this year, on line.

Stella Leventoyannis – Author, Whistler, BC Canada

Here is the recent press releases

International bestseller: Wade Davis to headline virtual 2020 Whistler Writers Festival

Click Here to review the August 13, 2020 article in the Pique Newsmagazine
Tickets go on sale August 31
We’re thrilled to release the lineup of authors and publishers attending this year’s special virtual edition of the Whistler Writers Festival, including headliner Wade Davis and distinguished Canadian and international literary arts talents Emily St. John MandelMarina EndicottDavid BergenWaubgeshig Rice, Caroline Adderson, Dakshana Bascaramurty and Michelle Good. In total, more than 50 authors, publishers and guest presenters are confirmed to attend the action-packed, online literary festival.

To help get you excited about all of the guest authors coming this October, we’ve created an online Reading List & Virtual Bookstore where you can buy or pre-order books in advance of the events to support authors at this time.

It’s important to keep audiences safe in 2020, so we’ve transitioned the festival to an entirely digital format from Thursday, October 15 to Sunday, October 18, 2020. So mark your calendars, because tickets go on sale August 31st!

With a focus on intimacy and thoughtful discourse, we’ll have all your event favourites – the Literary Cabaret, Saturday Night Gala and Sunday Brunch – and we’ll be bringing together authors and attendees for real-time conversations, including onscreen Q&A sessions during and after readings, live-streaming masterclass workshops, virtual pitching sessions and other digital opportunities and webinars to exchange ideas.
Check out the Whistler Writers Festival Reading List and Virtual Bookstore here.Festival BookstoreCopyright © 2020 Whistler Writing Society, All rights reserved.
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Previous Press Release:

June 4, 2020: Whistler, B.C. – The Whistler Writing Society is excited to announce the Whistler Writers Festival is transitioning to an online festival of literary workshops and readings October 15–18, 2020. Known for its intimacy and encouraging thoughtful discourse, the festival is seeking to build the same atmosphere in a virtual setting.

“We want to keep our audiences safe, yet still bring the literary arts to the community that has supported us for the last two decades,” said Stella Harvey, Founder and Artistic Director. “Although it feels like we’re breaking new ground going virtual, the festival remains true to its roots, by connecting storytellers and audiences for conversations even though we can’t get together this year in person.”

The Whistler Writers Festival will feature many of its popular readings and workshops with celebrated authors from across Canada, in sessions that encourage dialogue between participants. There will be opportunities for Q&A during and after readings, masterclass workshops, digital face-to-face pitching sessions, and marquee events such as the Saturday Night Gala and Sunday Brunch. Headliner details will be announced in August.

To learn more about the Whistler Writers Festival, visit www.whistlerwritersfest.com.

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Now in its nineteenth year, the Whistler Writers Festival takes place October 15-18, 2020 and brings together the very best Canadian and international authors online for a weekend packed with readings, workshops, speaker panels, spoken word events, music and more.


Stella Harvey

Director of the Whistler Writers Festival




Stella’s latest novel, Finding Callidora is available in fine bookstores, Signature Editions, Amazon, and Chapters Indigo. Watch the Finding Callidora Book Trailer

Extra note from Stella: … here is an interview and video done that includes me and two other authors talking about our books. Stella has also received a grant to produce another video for book clubs specifically.

And here is a recording of the livestream can now be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/2rIqAedbQPU as well as the Signature website on the book pages for After LightNever, Again, and Finding Callidora.

Back to the previous interview notes I had with Stella in Spring, 2020:

Some of the best outcomes of the Whistler Writers Festival may be for a future writer / author to get their work evaluated and obtain a potential publishing company book writing opportunity!

Over the years, Stella and family have enjoyed living in Whistler and walking the local nature trails, cross country + downhill skiing. Tip for life and career: she finds insightful ideas written in a journal notebook for later reference when creating a novel, and also helpful for the event to-do lists!

Here’s our Spring, 2020 Interview on Anchor FM and YouTube

Another great community give-back is that Stella offers her author consultation services, through a booked appointment at the Whistler Public Library …. who knows where her insights, guidance will lead!

Connect with Stella Leventoyannis Harvey’s website and we’re hoping that you’ll donate, sponsor and/or participate at the future Whistler Writers Festivals!

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