“If I can write one sentence, simple and true every day, I’ll be satisfied.”  ― Paula McLain, The Paris Wife

Readings, Conversations, and Performances!

When was the last time someone read you a story? Our brains are hard-wired for this – the history of storytelling and listening dates back to the primal campfire. It’s how we learned about ourselves and our world.

Every year the festival has a fresh new vibe and energy. For the past seven years the festival has enriched the culture of our city and established itself as a major Canadian festival, characterized not only by the caliber of guest authors, but also by the enthusiasm and engagement of the audience.

We bring together the very best local, national, and international writers of contemporary fiction and non-fiction: historians, explorers, journalists, and poets to explore the written world, and share stories and brilliant conversation.

Tickets can be purchased from the Grand Theatre Box Office — online, in person, or by phone 613-530-2050.

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Take a look at our Program-At-A-Glance (PDF) to help get a flavour of the 2015 Festival or explore in depth with our full 2015 Festival Program (PDF).


  • Ann-Marie MacDonald in Kingston on Thursday, June 25

    Kingston WritersFest and Agnes Etherington Arts Centre present Ann-Marie MacDonald on Thursday, June 25 at 8:00 pm. Learn more about the exciting September Festival line up and see award-winning Canadian playwright, novelist, and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald read from her new novel, Adult Onset. Where: Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, 36 University Avenue, Queen’s University Buy your […]
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