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Exciting events to bookmark this year at Vancouver Writers Fest

Calling all book lovers and writers!
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Vancouver Writers Fest is taking place Oct. 17 to 23, 2022, and will feature 80 events.

For book lovers, passionate writers, and aspiring authors, this Vancouver festival is the place to be. 

But, the Vancouver Writers Fest is also more than many books and authors under one roof, and there are just as many notable, fun events to attend at the festival.

Here is everything you need to know about this year's Vancouver Writers Fest and which events to bookmark:

The week-long, nearly fully in-person event takes place October 17 to 23 at various locations on Granville Island (depending on which event you are attending). A fundraiser 80s-themed dance party takes place ahead of the fest itself on Sept. 22 at the Fox Cabaret.

There will be 80 VWF events this year, including "discussions about the state of modern journalism, the loss of reproductive rights for women, and a conversation about the rise of Indigenous storytelling around the world," according to the festival website. 

Events vary in price, but those in theatres cost $25 (except where indicated) and members, seniors, and youth under 30 years old get a discount. Youth events are $10 per person and digital youth events are free or pay-what-you-can. 

VWF events to bookmark

  • 80s Dance Party - Spet. 22, 7 p.m. at Fox Cabaret; Tickets $35
  • Authors Do 80s Lyrics (authors perform lyrics from popular 80s songs, but in serious poetry) - Oct. 20, 8:30 p.m. at Performance Works - 1218 Cartwright St; Tickets $25
  • Queer Little Nightmares - Oct. 21, 8:30 p.m. at Revue Stage - 1601 Johnston St; Tickets $25
  • The City of Vancouver Book Awards Ceremony - Oct. 21, 1 p.m. at The Nest - 1398 Cartwright St; Free to attend
  • The Sunday Brunch - Oct. 23, 11 a.m. at Performance Works - 1218 Cartwright St; Tickets $55
  • The Afternoon Tea - Oct. 23, 4 p.m. at Performance Works - 1218 Cartwright St; Tickets $55
  • UBC Creative Writing Workshop - Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. at Waterfront Theatre - 1412 Cartwright St; Tickets $25
  • The State of Women (discussion between journalist and author, Elizabeth Renzetti, and First Lady of Iceland, Eliza Reid) - Oct. 22, 2 p.m. at Revue Stage - 1601 Johnston St; Tickets $25

Vancouver Writers Fest 2022

When: Oct. 17-23

Where: Various locations on Granville Island (dependent on event)

Cost: Various prices; theatres $25; youth events $10; digital youth events free or pay-what-you-can