Help Keep the Momentum Going

If you enjoy everything Wordfest does to meaningfully connect audiences of all ages to the world’s best authors, please consider donating to our Legacy Fund. With support from our donors, we were able to produce 100 showcases that enabled Calgarians to think bigger, dig deeper, and build meaningful relationships.  

Beyond supporting the writing and artistic communities, you will also be fuelling a full-time team of four and the best contractors (with specific skill sets) supported by a volunteer board, a generous group of volunteers, and fantastic interns, to produce 90+ in-person author events in the most entertaining, creative, theatrical ways possible.

In 2023 alone, our youth program, which supports teen literacy, connected 4,600+ junior and high school students with leading authors (including Cherie Dimaline, Michelle Good, Waubgeship Rice, David A. Robertson, and Tegan & Sara). Donors like you enabled us to deliver much-needed class sets (1,625 books!) to Calgary schools, along with free busing.

We learn from our mistakes, work well with others, try to stay ahead of the curve, experiment (primarily with our sweat equity), and try really REALLY hard to help make Calgary an engaged and empathetic community for everyone.

Thank you for being such generous Wordfesters! We can’t wait to create more magic together in 2024.

If you are inspired to make a multi-year pledge to the Legacy Fund, please contact Everett Wilson, Wordfest’s Senior Director of Development and Operations, at


Contributions to the Legacy Fund go toward an unrestricted reserve that can be accessed to continue to innovate and design programs for long-term sustainability, as well as provide free tickets to those unable to access our programming.