Schedule At A Glance

2022 Festival Program Guide

Onstage Events

Our Onstage Events were be held in-person this year. Our events include authors in conversation, solo presentations and readings, with some tweaks in mind.

Onstage Festival Pass
$180 (a value of $450!)
See over 20 regular onstage events. 
Look for the ticket icon to see all the eligible events including:
Morning coffee events (#11 & #19), #25. The Big Idea and #10. The Myth of Normal.
Exclusions: Separate tickets must be purchased for Writers Retreat Master Classes, Food events, and Trivia Night.  Virtual tickets are not available for our Food events and Trivia Night.

Writers Studio Master Classes

Our Writers Studio Master Classes offer you the opportunity to learn practical writing techniques from award-winning and critically acclaimed authors in an intimate, judgement-free environment.

Writers Retreat Packages  
$180 Two-Day Retreat
$360 Four-Day, 12 class Retreat 

Writers Retreat Individual Tickets
$40 Choose from a dozen classes

Exclusions: Separate tickets must be purchased for our Festival onstage events. Virtual tickets will not be sold for our Writers Retreat classes.

Ticketing Info

Prices include HST. Food Events include 15% gratuity. Handling fees extra. All events are unassigned seating. 

Advance ticket sales end at midnight on Tuesday, September 27. Door pricing in effect Wednesday, September, 28. We are happy to provide a discount of 10 – 20%, depending on the event, for our 60+ guests.

Passcode for Senior’s discount: KWF60. Please be sure to enter the passcode at the bottom of the page to get access to the discounted tickets.

Festival Tickets Are Available!

Use the button below to buy your ticket today!

We believe that all readers, regardless of economic circumstance, deserve access to Canadian books and author events. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Please email

*Please Note: All ticket dates on Brown Paper Tickers are tied to the Festival date (September 28th). Your ticket will be accepted as long as the purchased ticket is for the specific event (Number & Name). Please be mindful of the time and date for your own schedule. *

For more information, visit our FAQ page.

Festival Onstage Events | Festival Field Trips
$20 adv / $25 door


Morning Coffee Events

$25 adv / $30 door
(Included in Festival Pass)
The Myth of Normal with Gabor Maté | The Big Idea: War of the Words
$30 Advance tickets recommended.
(Included in Festival Pass)

Book Lovers’ Lunch | Last Chapter Brunch
$45 adv only 
Tickets must be purchased by Monday, September 19.
Cash Bar. Vegan / Vegetarian options available
Trivia Night
$40 Ticket + Drinks† / $25 Ticket ONLY 
† Includes 2 bar rail or domestic draught drinks.    

Show Your Support to Big Names and Exciting New Voices

We have some amazing authors and moderators still left! Click the button below to learn more and become a Patron today.

Meet the Authors

We are thrilled to welcome authors, moderators, and performers to the Festival each year.

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

2022 Festival Reading Guide

Listing all our Festival authors and their newest books,  grab your favourites at Novel Idea Bookstore.

Volunteer for the Festival

We always need help to support and run the Festival every year. Click the button below to join our amazing crew and learn more about the different positions available.

Youth Events

Kingston WritersFest opens the world to students through events designed to bring to life ideas discussed in the classroom, at home, and beyond.

We offer a wide range of nationally and internationally renowned authors chosen for their compelling subjects and their ability to connect with kids and teenagers, as well as adults.

Purchase deadline is 11:59pm, Friday September 16 for reserved tickets. Unpaid holds will be released for general sale on Monday, September 19.

TeensWrite! Master Classes
$10 adv / $15 door
Students 14 – 19 years only 
Enrolment limited to 40   

Festival Field Trip Events
High-school students and accompanying adults   
$5 adv / $10 door 

Free rush seats to onstage events for post-secondary students with valid ID. Available fifteen minutes before curtain. 

Exclusions: Writers Retreat Master Classes, Food events, and Trivia Night.

Festival Box Office

Digital tickets will be sold in the lobby of the Holiday Inn   

Onsite Festival Box Office Hours
September 28 – Oct 1st
Wednesday 5:30 – 8:15 pm 
Thursday 9:00 am – 8:15 pm 
Friday and Saturday 9:00 am – 9:15 pm

Exchange and Refund Policy
Please choose your tickets carefully. No exchanges or refunds.  

No flash photography, video or audio recording, please.  

Our event venues are accessible. If additional accommodations would improve your experience, please contact us at to discuss your needs. We are happy to work with you!