Canada’s Writing Conference

May 15-18, 2014. UBC Campus, Vancouver, BC.

UBC Campus

The 2014 conference is over now, but we’re keeping this page up to show what our conferences are like. Our next conference, the Canadian Writers’ Summit, is scheduled for June 15-19, 2016 in Toronto. Stay tuned for updates.

Writer? Teacher? Student?

Canada’s Writing Conference is for you. Join some of Canada’s most accomplished writers, educators and students on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia for a long weekend of readings, panels and seminars about the art and craft of literature.

keynotesKeynote Readings

Joseph Boyden, author of Born With a Tooth, Three Day Road, Through Black Spruce and The Orenda. Winner of the Writers’ Trust Fiction prize and the Giller prize, and most recently winner of CBC Canada Reads 2014. Joseph will read and be in conversation with Hal Wake, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

Lisa Moore, author of the short story collections Degrees of Nakedness, Open, and the novels Alligator, February and Caught. Her books have been nominated for the Booker, Giller, IMPAC Dublin and she won the Commonwealth Award for best book in 2006. Lisa will read and be in conversation with Aislinn Hunter, author of Stay.

Amy Bloom, author of Come to Me, Love Invents Us, A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You, The Story, Away,Where the God of Love Hangs Out and Lucky Us, as well as the children’s book Little Sweet Potato. Amy will read and be in conversation with Catherine Bush, author of Accusation.


Open to the public, this book and magazine fair features some of Canada’s finest literary presses and publications. Attendees include: UBC Bookstore, PEN International, Anvil Press & SubTerrain, PRISM international, Arc, Fiddlehead, Event, Geist, Rice Paper, filling Station, The Capilano Review, Eighteen Bridges, New Quarterly, Room Magazine, Malahat Review, Broken Pencil, Alberta Book Publishers, Association of Book Publishers of BC, UVic CRWR, McGill-Queens University Press, Granville Island Publishing, Reality Skimming Press, Kwantlen Creative Writing, Literary Press Group, UBC Press, Harbour Publishing, Nightwood Editions, Douglas & McIntyre, and Lone Pine Publishing.

Panels, Papers & Presentations

The conference events consist of an intriguing and stimulating blend of panel discussions, forums, readings, presentations and papers, about:

  • the process of writing
  • the pedagogy of teaching writing
  • the business of writing and publishing
  • creating and managing educational programs for writers
  • elements of craft and criticism


Downloadable schedule now available (9MB PDF). This is the final schedule for the event.


Note: schedule may change before the conference.