Youth Program

April 10-11 School Bookings Now Open!

For the first time, schools and educators have the opportunity to book writers outside of our main Festival period in October. Wordfest is now bringing authors to Calgary for school visits throughout the year. And we have exciting news! We have just announced that David Alexander Robertson, Emma Donoghue and Susin Nielsen are coming to Calgary on April 10 and 11, 2017.

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April 10, 2017 Only

Emma Donoghue

Only on April 10, we have the Internationally acclaimed author Emma Donoghue – best known for her novel Room. In addition to her talk that evening at the Calgary Public Library’s Dutton Theatre, Donoghue will be doing two in-school events early that day presenting her new book — and first for kids — called The Lotterys Plus One. Geared towards young readers aged 8 to 12, this new title tells the story of a large, multicultural and diverse family.

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April 10-11, 2017

Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen is available for school visits in Calgary on April 10 and 11, 2017. Her new book, for grades 9 to 12, is Optimists Die First. Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High, working her way up to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show. Since then, Nielsen has written for over 20 Canadian TV series and YA novels such as Word Nerd, Dear Goerge Clooney: Please Marry My Mom, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen and We Are All Molecules.

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David Alexander Robertson

David A. Robertson is available for school visits in Calgary on April 10 and 11, 2017. His new book When We Were Alone was written for Grades K to 3. But the story, of a grandmother explaining her time in residential school to her granddaughter, and Robertson’s approach to storytelling, will appeal to students of all ages. Robertson has also created several bestselling graphic novels. He has long been an advocate for educating youth on indigenous history and contemporary issues, and has been recognized for his work in the field of indigenous education and reconciliation.

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Additional Questions?

Phone us at 403-237-9068 or email us at for more information on field-trip opportunities. You may also complete this form and a representative from Wordfest will get in touch within two business days.

What is Wordfest Youth?

Wordfest Youth supplies authors from across Canada and around the world to present fun, illuminating in- and out-of-school events that promote a love of reading and a deeper appreciation of the world of ideas and imagination.

Who Brings the Best Authors to Calgary?

Wordfest Youth connects Calgary students of all grade-levels with the world’s best YA and children’s authors. We are a high-calibre, not-for-profit idea-based event planner of the wordiest kind who, for more than 21 years, has given kids mind-bending opportunities to discover that life is brighter, funnier and juicier when creativity rules.

Why Does Meeting an Author Matter?

Meeting an actual person who wrote an actual book (especially one that students have read and enjoyed) is a rare, captivating and transformative experience. The opportunity to ask an author why a bird might wake up grumpy or learn first-hand what inspires a writer to write fosters self- confidence, sparks conversations and seeds imaginative potential.

What Happens?

Pure magic! Wordfest brings authors from across Canada and around the world to Calgary’s stages for captivating, interactive presentations. To get your students reading and pumped about seeing a favourite author on stage, we send a Wordfest Ambassador to your school in advance of the show! Our ambassadors are there to help you make those vital curriculum connections.

When Can the Authors Come?

For the first time in Wordfest’s 22-year history, you’ll have the opportunity to book your school into mind-blowing author events at various times throughout the year, rather than only during our Festival from October 10-15, 2017.

How Do I Book an Author?

Pricing starts at $500 for a 1-hour in-school presentation. Phone us at 403-237-9068 or email for more information on opportunities for your school.

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