How to Buy Festival Tickets

  1. Choose the event(s) you would like to attend and add it to your shopping cart.
  2. After you pay for your event, (or RSVP to free events), you will be emailed your in-person and/or online ticket(s), plus any Zoom or YouTube URL links, and Meeting IDs.
  3. You will receive an email reminder for your online events both 48 hours before, and one hour before the event.
  4. If you have any questions or need support, please contact We will be monitoring this email during the festival. For more info, read our FAQ below.
  5. To join an online event, click on the Zoom or YouTube livestream link we send you, or go to and enter in the Webinar/Meeting ID. If you are joining by smartphone, download the Zoom app to your smart phone well in advance of your event.
  6. Tickets will also be available for purchase at our Welcome and Information Desk at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler during the festival on a first come first served basis. 

Technical Information

In 2022, the Whistler Writers Festival will again be presented as a hybrid of in-person and online events.  Join us in Whistler, with sessions held at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Maury Young Arts Centre, and Whistler Public Library, or from the comfort of your home via livestream. Please review the program and website carefully to determine which options are available for each event. We wish to keep our audiences and presenters safe and healthy, so the delivery of events may change depending on provincial health orders. 

We look forward to sharing stories, together. 


This year we have different pricing options for in-person and online events. Ticket sales help our non-profit organization cover our minimum costs for guest author presentations, while keeping the events affordable and accessible. Some events are free, but you do need to RSVP so that we can meet venue capacity requirements or send you a livestream link if it is online. When buying a ticket, there is also an option to make a donation, which helps to support the literary programs we deliver to our community and beyond. 

We do not have a reading pass, or all access festival pass this year due to the complexities of hybrid programming.

On our website, or during the festival at our Welcome and Information Desk in the lobby of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

If you are attending in-person, come to the venue and our volunteers will direct you to the event room. If you are attending online, you need internet access, a laptop, desktop computer or smart phone. Almost all events will be available via livestream, through the Zoom or YouTube format. We recommend downloading the Zoom app to your smart phone device well in advance. If you plan to attend using a laptop or computer, you can access your event via the Zoom link we will be providing you with, and don’t need to download the Zoom app. We’ll also send you reminders one hour and 48 hours before the online event.

All times noted in the program are PDT – Pacific Daylight Time, or UTC – 7 (Coordinated Universal Time). Do you need to convert your Time Zone to Whistler, BC? Click here.

Yes! Use the Q&A button on the Zoom toolbar at the bottom of your screen, or the chat section of YouTube. There will be a Q&A session at the end of each session, and our moderators will refer to them at that time.

If you are attending a reading event online the other participants will not be able to see you. If you are attending an online workshop, these are held in the Zoom Meeting format, and the other attendees will be able to see and hear you, but only if you turn your camera and mic on.

Yes. All our venues are wheelchair accessible. If you require additional audio or visual supports, please contact us in advance at

We know life can get in the way, so we’ll post the virtual sessions for replay within two weeks after the festival, so you won’t miss a thing. 

The in-person tickets are non-refundable. If you were unable to attend, we can send you a video link within two weeks after the festival to watch the event.

Our bookstore partner Armchair Books will have a pop-up store at all in-person events. Check out our program for all the guest authors’ current books. If you live in the Sea to Sky Corridor, we encourage you to purchase your book from Armchair Books in Whistler or order online at (local delivery to Squamish is free!). If you are joining us from afar, support the independent bookseller in your local area by visiting the Canadian Independent Bookstore Finder. Happy reading!

Our in-person venues and events will comply with all current provincial health orders, and we will update our policies as needed to keep people safe and healthy. Check our website for the latest information.

Please ensure you have read, understood and complied with all Canadian requirements for American citizens, permanent residents and others travelling into Canada. This includes mandatory completion of proof of vaccination documentation via the ArriveCAN app. To help your travel go most smoothly, we recommend that you complete your ArriveCAN app documentation up to 3 days prior to arriving in Canada.

Email We will be monitoring the email during the sessions.

Yes, the Host Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Whistler has special rates for the festival. For reservations, contact Fairmont Chateau Whistler quoting the Whistler Writers Festival for rates during the festival, or click here to book.

Visiting Whistler?

Whistler is open for business and welcomes visitors for a safe, respectful experience – now and during the festival. Come stroll the Valley Trail along the lakes or go for a hike or bike in the fresh air of the mountains.

Stay at our partner hotel the Fairmont Chateau Whistler or shop at one of our many sponsors’ businesses to help support our local economy.

We highly recommended these activities:

Visit the Audain Art Museum to take a transformative visual journey of West Coast Art from the late 18th century to the present. 

Take an hourly guided tour with a Cultural Ambassador at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

Hike the trails of Lost Lake, only minutes from Whistler Village or rent a mountain bike from the Cross Country Connection located at the Lost Lake PassivHaus.

Relax for a few hours with a good book at the Scandinave Spa, a 5-minute drive north of Whistler Village.

What if it rains? Pick up a new book from Armchair Books and cozy up in the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the Whistler Public Library, or one of Whistler’s fabulous local coffee shops.

Planned Giving

Please consider making a planned gift to The Whistler Writing Society such as:

A bequest in your will
A simple way to make a lasting gift to the community is to include a charitable bequest in your Will. We can establish a personal Fund that becomes your personal legacy of giving.

A gift of securities
By giving eligible appreciated stocks to The Whistler Writing Society, you can avoid capital gains taxes that would otherwise arise from the sale of the stock. Donors also receive a tax receipt for their donation.

Gifts of life insurence
The assignment of ownership of an existing life insurance policy will be accepted by the charity. A tax receipt will be issued for the cash surrender value of the value at the time of donation. The payment of annual premiums is also a gift that generates an official receipt for income tax purposes.

Please contact Rebecca Wood Barrett at to arrange a planned gift.