Special Events

Throughout the year, the Festival hosts several special events. Subscribe to our email notification service, and we’ll let you know when updates are posted to this site.

An evening with Monique Gray Smith

Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. at Chatelech Secondary School
Admission is by donation.

Monique Gray Smith is of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She is an award-winning author, storyteller, and consultant who travels the world to speak about reconciliation and resilience.

Monique’s first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. She has written two books for young children, My Heart Fills with Happiness and You Hold Me Up. Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation is “a medicine bundle of hope and a treasury of hard truths. We are witnesses together who can all do our part in the great healing ahead.” (Richard Van Camp).  Monique and Richard have just published The Journey Forward, two novellas on reconciliation.

“You hold me up. I hold you up. We hold each other up.”

We are proud to present this very special event with our partners, School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) and the Sunshine Coast Literacy Coalition.

For more information contact the Festival of the Written Arts at 604-885-9631 or info@writersfestival.ca.


#diversecanlit Book Club

Books by past festival authors

#diversecanlit Book Club with Jael Richardson

Tuesday, November 7 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Sunshine Coast Arts Centre

Perhaps you’ve heard Jael Richardson’s book recommendations on CBC Radio’s Q. This event will offer an opportunity to both recommend and learn about books written by a diverse range of authors. Share what you’ve been reading and hear about the books others have discovered. This event is free! Questions? Please call the Festival office at 604-885-9631.

Jael Richardson is an author, playwright and the Founding Artistic Director of the Festival of Literary Diversity.

Organizational Development: Diversity and Inclusion

Jael Richardson

A workshop with Jael Richardson, Founder and Artistic Director of the Festival of Literary Diversity

Monday, November 6 — 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden

“Diversity is not a trend, mandate or a buzzword. It is the necessary next step for a global, forward-thinking culture.” (Jael Richardson)

This workshop will look at how we can approach organizational development, capacity building, and Board and volunteer recruitment with a view to increasing diversity and ensuring our organizations are inclusive and reflect diverse communities. This workshop will be of interest to representatives of local non-profit societies and has been made possible through the support of the Sunshine Coast Community Foundation. Fee: $30.

Register at www.share-there.com or by calling the Festival office at 604-885-9631.