Welcome to the 2019 Kingston WritersFest. View and download the program guide, view all festival events and buy tickets online, read about the authors taking part in this year’s festival, book your stay with us, and view our Kingston visitor’s guide. The festival takes place September 25-29, 2019 with more than 60 writers in 50 events over 5 days! Tickets now on sale!

2019 Festival Guide

Click here to view and download the 2019 Program guide. To see a list of locations where you can pick up a printed copy of the guide from July 11 – September 24 click here.

Festival Events

We’ve programmed the most diverse festival yet with 49 unique events for readers of every age and taste, designed for maximum audience participation, with time for questions and a chance to engage with authors as they sign books.

We’ve included the stories of women, the stories of Indigenous writers, Métis writers, writers of different experiences, cultural backgrounds, and orientations.

We haven’t forgotten our roots in good story-telling, presenting a variety of uplifting, entertaining, and thought-provoking fiction and non-fiction events.

See all the events taking place at this years festival.

Buy Tickets

Start by viewing the event listings to find the events you are interested in. Ticket prices are clearly displayed on each event, along with a “Buy Now” button. Once you click Buy Now you will be directed to the Kingston Grand Theatre website to complete your purchase.

View Authors

We are thrilled to welcome nearly 70 authors, moderators, and performers to the 2018 Festival.

Visit our Authors page for full bios, and to discover their events!

Stay with Us

The Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront is looking forward to welcoming guests of the festival to stay with them in September! Secure your special group rate of $172.99/night*: Last day to book your reservation is September 6 2019, after this date we cannot guarantee the group rate will be available.

Call the Holiday Inn directly at 1-613-549-8400 for reservations and ask to book inside the “Kingston WritersFest Open Block” or block code “WRI”.
Or book online: Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront Accommodations

Plan Your Visit

Part of the fun of coming to Kingston WritersFest is exploring beautiful downtown Kingston.

While enjoying the festival, take advantage of the unique pleasures the city has to offer.

Check out our visitor guide for more information.