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Kingston WritersFest

Registered Name: Kingston Writersfest

Business No: 801516824RR0001

Our charitable cultural organization brings writers to Kingston to inspire, educate and exchange ideas with audiences and other artists.

Kingston WritersFest


Our Vision

To be a community that celebrates the power of the written word by connecting readers and writers in inclusive conversations that inspire, engage, and expand our worldviews.

Our Mission

To promote diverse literary expression, develop and grow an audience for the literary arts, and foster the artistic development of writers of all ages.

About Kingston WritersFest

Kingston WritersFest is a five-day readers' and writers' festival featuring more than 60 top Canadian and international authors in 45+ events – readings, onstage conversations, performances, and Writers Retreat master classes for emerging and established writers.

Among our author alumni are Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, Thomas King, Wayne Grady, David Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Louise Penny, Jane Urquhart, Camilla Gibb, Richard Gwyn, Esi Edugyan, Lawrence Hill, Omar El Akkad, and Lawrence Martin.

We promote literacy in the schools through Festival Field Trips, which bring high-school students to special youth events; TeensWrite! master class workshops for youth, 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.


209 Wellington Street

Suite 202A


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