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Conferences & Festivals

Last checked February 28, 2023, by Aliya Nurani, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum student


  • ABPBC Events: The Association of Book Publishers of BC (ABPBC) is a provincial association of BC owned and controlled book publishing companies. The ABPBC works to support the long-term health and success of the Canadian-owned book industry in British Columbia. Visit Site
  • Alberta Magazines Conference: An annual seminar series and conference hosted by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association. Visit Site 
  • American Library Association Conference & Midwinter Meeting: Conference and meeting in June/July and January of each year in major cities in the continental U.S. Includes exhibitor area. Visit Site
  • American Copy Editors Society Annual Conference: ACES is a yearly conference which is focused on essential fundamental skills of copy editing and the discussion of issues related to future trends of the industry. The discounted conference fees are applied for other communications associations, including Editors Canada. Visit Site
  • Canadian Imaging Conference & Expo: This conference is a yearly photographic conference and trade show for professional and enthusiast photographers from various sectors. Visit Site
  • Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Organized yearly by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at locations throughout Canada. Includes exhibitor space. Congress Site
  • Editors Canada Conference: Editors Canada Association is an organization which promotes professional development through seminars, online training and conferences. The conference is held in spring in a different city each year. The goal of the conference is to create an opportunity for members to build connections and networks. It is open to both members and non-member attendees. Visit Site
  • MagsWest: The Magazine Association of BC’s annual conference, typically held each year in Vancouver. Sign up for our newsletter to find out the latest about our next conference. With plans to resume the program for 2023.
  • Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Conference: The SWCC annual conference has been organized by the Canadian Science Writers’ Association since 1971. The conference is open to media professionals, technical writers, journalists, and any others who are interested and involved in communicating science and technology to non-specialist audiences. Visit Site
  • Surrey International Writers’ Conference: An annual development conference and festival of literature, happening every October in Surrey, BC. Visit Site
  • TMAC Conference & AGM Update: Travel Media Association of Canada is a non-profit organization whose goal is to create connections and opportunities for industry and media travel professionals. The conference is held annually and occurs every May. Visit Site


  • Elephant Mountain Literary Festival: The event is set in the town of Nelson, BC. EMLF is an annual Canadian Literary event held in July. Visit Site
  • FOLD | Celebrating Diverse Authors and Storytellers: Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and storytellers, held in historic downtown Brampton. Visit Site
  • The Ottawa International Writers Festival: Ottawa’s Festival was started in 1997. The festival occurs annually twice a year, in Spring and Fall. It takes place in Wakefield, Quebec. Visit Site 
  • Paper Covers Rock: Salt Spring Island Readers and Writers Festival. Featuring Canadian authors, writing workshops, plus speakers in publishing, marketing and business. Visit Site
  • Sidney and Peninsula Literary Festival: The festival first began in 2013 in Sidney, BC. The activities feature literary arts in and around the Peninsula. Visit Site
  • Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts: An annual festival of literature, happening every August in Sechelt, BC. Visit Site
  • Vancouver Writers Festival: Vancouver’s premier literary event, happening every October on Granville Island. They also hold special events year-round.  Visit Site
  • Whistler Writers Festival: The festival takes place in Whistler annually in October. The festival gathers Canadian and international authors through a series of activities: workshops, speaker panels, spoken word events, music and more. Visit Site
  • Wiscon Feminist Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention: May of each year. Madison, WI – Now ONLINE. Visit Site
  • Word on the Lake Writers’ Festival: The festival occurs annually at Salmon Arm, BC. The event brings together writers, publishers and editors. Visit Site
  • WORD Vancouver Readers and Writers Festival: Held the last week of September every year. Visit Site

Lists by other organizations

Canadian Festivals and Reading Series. Writer’s Union of Canada.

Literary Festivals and Reading Series. Read Local BC.

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