We believe that #StoriesMatter

Whether it’s an edge-of-your-seat adventure, a fascinating memoir, or a tale of true love, stories are what bring us together and shape our understanding of our world. At the Stratford Writers Festival, we invite readers and writers to come together to experience stories – and meet the authors – through intimate and interactive events which can only be held in Canada’s Premiere Arts Town of Stratford, Ontario.

The Stratford Writers Festival makes #StoriesMatter through intimate and interactive festivals and events.

To tell these stories, we offer a variety of programming with the highlight being the annual Stratford Writers Festival. With thought-provoking panel discussions, educational workshops, and inspiring literary lunches, the Stratford Writers Festival brings hundreds of avid readers and writers together around a common bond: their passion for stories.

Our other programs include:

· The Appetite for Words Festival: a literary festival with a culinary twist.
· Write Now Retreats: a team of award-winning authors to lead intensive writing retreats.
· The Songwriter’s Circle Series: a celebration of Canadian songwriting with performances from some of Canada’s best songwriters.
· Youth Programs: we bring some of Canada’s top authors into regional schools.

… and much more.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create a positive, welcoming, and—most importantly—respectful space in which readers and writers can interact. We strive to:

-promote a diverse range of Canadian writing to Stratford residents and visitors
-establish an empathetic space where various opinions can be comfortably expressed
-contribute to the cultural landscape of Canada’s premier arts town
-provide safe and accessible venues in which to showcase literature

Come Join Us!