* To bring Canadian writers together with readers at a summer festival in Sechelt
* To promote the Sunshine Coast as a literary and cultural community
* To promote literacy and the development of the craft of writing
About SUNSHINE COAST FESTIVAL OF THE WRITTEN ARTS
The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is Canada's largest and longest-running literary festival featuring Canadian writers exclusively. The Festival was to have celebrated its 38th year in August 2020 but the annual Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19.The Festival presents writers of diverse cultures and genres from all regions of the country. Festival events take place in the Festival Pavilion, a beautiful 450-seat open-air pavilion located in the historic Rockwood Gardens in Sechelt, BC., on the unceded territory of the shishalh Nation.
The Festival also works with School District No. 46 to promote literacy, reading and writing in schools. Celebration of Authors, Books and Community (CABC) brings Canadian writers into Sunshine Coast classrooms to support and inspire student development as readers, writers and storytellers. Through CABC, we publish Coastal Voices, an annual adjudicated anthology of writing by Sunshine Coast elementary and Secondary School Students.
The Festival has embarked on an ambitious fundraising initiative to increase its endowment funds, held by the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation, to $1,000,000 by 2022. We have reached over $850,000 in donations and pledges! For more information about the Legacy of Literacy Endowment Campaign, please visit our website.