2020 Festival

Dear NorthWords members and friends,

The full festival line-up and program are now live. NorthWords Writers Festival will be hosted online from June 19 to June 28, 2020 with 10 live workshops and panel discussions, and 12 on-demand readings and storytelling.

This year’s lineup includes 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award and nominee for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, David A. Robertson; 2016 Governor General’s Academic Medalist, Jesse Thistle ; poet, novelist and author of three memoirs on mental illness, Leif Gregersen; award-winning writer, editor and activist Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair;andpoet and former editor of the literary journal, Event, Calvin Wharton. NWT authors Richard Van Camp, Tunchai Redvers and Catherine Lafferty, along with many others, will join the festival and contribute their unique stories and voices from their northern perspective.

In its 15th edition, the NorthWords Writers Festival will explore a wide variety of writing genres. In addition to the live panel discussions and workshops, a reading by guest authors and northern authors will be released each day over 10 days.

Registrations for workshops and panel discussions are available through the schedule of events.

Schedule of Events

Guest Authors


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