Wordfest Youth is dedicated to creating collective, community experiences that are inclusive and inspirational. Look who’s coming so far in 2020!

Belong – SOLD OUT

Performance by Mark Tewksbury

Wordfest is thrilled to bring Mark Tewksbury to Calgary for a free performance of his one man show BELONG. Don’t miss this unforgettable learning experience for your students. Gr. 7-12

COMING JANUARY 14-17 & MARCH 4-6, 2020


Phone our Youth Programming Associate, Rita Sirignano at 403-260-2706 or email her at youth@wordfest.com for more information on in-school author visits in 2019.

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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 YYC?

Wordfest! Wordfest Youth connects Calgary students with the world’s most compelling authors. We’re a high-calibre, not-for-profit event planner of the wordiest kind who, for more than two decades, has given kids opportunities to experience life-changing ideas.

What Happens?

Pure Awesomeness! Wordfest brings the best authors from across Canada and around the world into schools for captivating, Ted-talk style presentations, as well as larger, We-Day like gatherings at theatrical venues.

Why Does Meeting an Author Matter?

Meeting an actual person who wrote an actual book can be a captivating and transformative experience, one that fosters self-confidence, sparks conversations, and seeds imaginative potential. This past year, students had the opportunity to ask NASA astronaut Dr. Dave Williams about his record-breaking, longest walk in space; hear Caldecott Medal-winner Lindsay Mattick’s story of how a real-life bear cub adopted by her great grandfather was the inspiration for the fictional Winnie the Pooh; and learn about indigenous heroes and how to move forward with Truth and Reconciliation with Wab Kinew. (He even did an impromptu rap for them!)

When Can the Authors Come?

In addition to our annual fall festival, Wordfest connects students with authors throughout the year. Join our mailing list to be the first to receive our notifications on who’s coming to Calgary next!

What is the Cost to Book an Author?

The cost for an in-school visit is $600 for a one-hour presentation; in-theatre presentations cost a subsidized rate of $6 per student, with teachers and chaperones free. Each experience also includes two signed, complimentary copies of the author’s book for your school library. To ensure that as many students as possible can participate in these life-changing experiences, we’re pleased to provide full or partial subsidies to schools that require financial support. As funding is limited, please contact us as soon as possible to inquire about subsidized events. If your school can cover the cost of an author visit – thank you! Please know that your payments enable us to pay it forward to other less fortunate schools.

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Nominate a School for Priority Funding: Did you know that Wordfest receives donations from individuals and private organizations to help deserving schools and families gain access to Wordfest Youth programming? Complete this form to nominate a school for consideration.