“Set in a picturesque town on the river, among some of the warmest and most welcoming book-lovers I’ve ever met, this is a gem among writers’ festivals.”

– Festival Patron, Terry Fallis


Experience a reader’s and writer’s paradise in the heart of the beautiful 1000 Islands, in the charming historic town of Gananoque, Ontario. The 1000 Islands Writers Festival opens the door to a weekend full of opportunities for wonderful stories, conversations with Canada’s most talented authors, live local entertainment, and writing workshops.

Up close and personal!  The 1000 Islands Writers Festival’s signature Living Room Sessions offer truly unique opportunities to meet and engage with guest authors in the relaxed and intimate ambiance/settings of some of the finest B&Bs of the region.

Join us at the renowned Thousand Islands Playhouse for the 2018 1000 Islands Writers Festival.  We are delighted to partner with the Thousand Islands Playhouse to celebrate the vibrant arts community in Canada.  This beautiful theatre on the St. Lawrence River will be festival central for book and ticket sales, as well as host for many of our Festival events.  In the summer months the Thousand Islands Playhouse hosts one of the top summer theatre festivals in Ontario, presenting engaging and professional shows since 1982.

The Gananoque Public Library is a leading partner in the 1000 Islands Writers Festival and host of the 2018 writer’s workshops. In our popular writing workshops, we create opportunities for new and seasoned writers alike to explore new themes and develop skills with some of Canada’s most talented authors.

Past workshop topics include knowing your audience, working with an editor, blogging, food writing, creative nonfiction, children’s story writing and illustration, and writing slam poetry.

The warm and friendly 1000 Islands community is brimming with book lovers and storytellers alike. Join us in the 1000 Islands this April to discover an experience that is sure to engage and entertain