How to Buy Festival Tickets

  1. Choose the event you would like to attend and add it to your shopping cart.
  2. If you want to add a second event to your shopping cart, click on OTHER EVENTS(This might be hidden under the shopping cart drop-down box!) Or, click on the MORE EVENTS on the left side of the screen.
  3. After you pay for your event, (or RSVP to free events), you will be emailed your in-person or online ticket(s), Zoom URL links, and Webinar or Meeting IDs.
  4. We will email you a reminder for your events both 48 hours before, and before the event.
  5. 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.
  6. To join an online event, click on the Zoom Webinar/Meeting URL Link we send you, or by going to and entering in the Webinar/Meeting ID. If you are joining by smartphone, download the Zoom app to your smart phone well in advance.
  7. When you receive your event ticket by email, click on View Livestream to go to your event. Or click on View Order to get the Zoom link and see all the info about the event.

Technical Information

This year the hybrid Whistler Writers Festival will be held in person at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and Whistler Public Library, and online via Zoom. Please review the program and website carefully to determine which options are available for each event. We also wish to keep our audiences and presenters safe, so the delivery of events may change depending on provincial health orders. 

We are excited to test drive the new hybrid model for our 20th Anniversary, which provides more ways to get involved than ever before! Whether you’re craving that in-person connection, or find it more convenient to hop into an online session, we remain committed to what we started two decades ago: workshops for emerging writers, readings that encourage and engage healthy, provocative and thoughtful debate and an intimacy and vibrant connection with as broad and inclusive an audience as possible. We look forward to celebrating our 20-year anniversary with you! 


This year we have different pricing options for in-person and online events. Ticket sales helps our non-profit organization to 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 a Zoom link to you if it is online. When buying a ticket, there is an option to scale up from the minimum price of $10 which helps to support the literary programs we deliver to our community and beyond. 

We do not have a reading pass or festival pass this year due to the complexities in programming.

On the web site. We are not offering ticket sales through Armchair Books this year, but we do encourage you to buy your books there if you live in Whistler, Squamish or Pemberton, or at their pop-up store during the festival.

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 a laptop, desktop computer or smart phone. All events will be available through the Zoom 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 a reminder the day before the 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. 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 the other participants will not be able to see your video as it will be a Zoom Webinar format. If you are attending a 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.

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

Our bookstore partner Armchair Books will have a pop-up store at the in-person events. Check out our Virtual Bookstore for all the guest authors’ current titles and the preferred bookstore seller links we have provided under each book title. If you live in Whistler or Squamish, we encourage you to purchase your book from our independent bookstore partner Armchair Books in Whistler. To find and support the independent bookseller in your local area, go to the Canadian Independent Bookstore Finder. Happy reading!

Absolutely. We look forward to welcoming you to Whistler to participate in our events both online and in-person, and  to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, local shops and services. Our in-person venues and events will comply with all current health orders, and we will be offering small gatherings to ensure everyone’s safety. Fun fact: the local Whistler population has a vaccination rate of 90%.

The Canadian Government recently announced the easing of border restrictions. Please ensure you have read, understood and complied with all Canadian requirements for American citizens and permanent residents travelling into Canada. This includes ArriveCAN’s proof of vaccination documents which are required before crossing the border into Canada. Travellers re-entering the US will need to be tested no more than 3 days before traveling by air into the United States and show a negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. 

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 good book at Scandinave Spa, located a 5 minute drive north of Whistler Village.

What if it rains? Pick up a 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.