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.

WordPlay in the Park — Save the Date!

The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts is excited to announce its 35th Anniversary gift to the community: WordPlay in the Park, a free storytelling celebration for all ages.

WordPlay in the Park will take place in the Festival Pavilion at the Rockwood Centre in Sechelt on Sunday, June 25, beginning at 11 am. Performers include Kung Jaadee, an accomplished Haida storyteller who performed in our Aboriginal Storytelling Festival in 2014; award-winning singer/songwriter/storyteller Rick Scott who combines music, stories and wacky humour in his concerts for all ages; and renowned spoken word artists Jillian Christmas and Ronnie Dean Harris (aka Ostwelve) who have performed around the world and right here on the Sunshine Coast, at the Festival and in our schools.

More details to come! We thank the BC Arts Council (Youth Engagement Program) for their support of this event.


Workshop for Writers

The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts will host a workshop for writers on Saturday, April 1 from 9 am to 12 pm at the Rockwood Lodge in Sechelt. Workshop facilitator Trena White of Page Two Strategies will cover the following:

Writing a killer query letter

Query letters are some of the most important 300 words you’ll write: they are required to get the attention of agents and publishers. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll talk through how to write a killer query letter, and we’ll workshop your own to make it as strong as it can be.

Agent tips, tricks, and know-how

Everything you need to know about finding and working with a literary agent: the best ways to find one, how to evaluate an agent’s fit for you, why work with an agent anyway, when you might not need an agent; how to know when it’s time to break up with your agent, and more.

The fee for this workshop is $40 and registration/payment in advance is required.

Contact Jane Davidson at 604-885-9631 or to register or for more information.