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A huge thank you to all of our supporters! Wordfest relies on government funding, sponsorships from corporations and foundations, volunteer support and charitable donations from individuals like you to ensure that we are able to continue our 20-year history of sparking live experiences for readers and writers.

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Whether as a volunteer, an individual donor, a community partner or sponsor, your contribution is an investment in our city — helping to build communities through a shared love of reading, writing, learning and exchanging ideas.

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Help the Festival prepare for another year of igniting ideas and building community in Calgary – one inspiring story at a time.

Donations can be made online through or by personal cheque, payable to Wordfest and addressed to Wordfest, 117-200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 4R5. Wordfest is a registered charity (CRA# 850647835rr0001). Gifts made to Wordfest before year-end, are eligible for a tax credit when filing for the 2015 tax season.

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Now 20 years strong, our Festival is known for its creative energy and open minded programming, whether it’s our trademark roundup of international best-sellers or the chance to discover ground-breakers and up-and-comers from all genres. Join over 15,000 Calgarians each year who discover pure fun, live authors and great reads at our October Festival and year-round events.

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Wordfest needs volunteers for a variety of positions throughout the year and during the Festival week each October, including a Read and Review program in which volunteers submit book reviews and recommendations year-round. For further information about volunteering, contact the Wordfest office at 403 237 9068 or by e-mail at

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Support the Youth Program

Each year, more than 10,000 students experience the magic of interacting with live authors during Wordfest. Thanks to targeted contributions from sponsors and donors like you, the Festival is able to make these experiences accessible to schools and parents who otherwise would not have the ability or resources to participate.

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Make a General Donation

Wordfest keeps it’s programming fun and accessible, with free events held throughout the Festival week. One example is the OctoberFEST LAB, which debuted at the 2015 Festival, and offered nightly free programming that featured the city’s highly respected local writing community. Help Calgary’s #1 Readers Festival prepare for another exciting year of programming with a general contribution.

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To get in touch with us about supporting the Festival as an individual donor, foundation or corporate sponsor or if you are already a supporter and are looking for assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us at or by phone at 403 237 9068.