The Ottawa International Writers Festival, 2022 Fall Edition

October 19, 2022 – October 26, 2022

Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario



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The imagination is our most valuable renewable resource. So, twice a year we convene an international celebration of ideas to recharge our imaginations. From politics to poetry, science to music, history to thrillers, we celebrate the full diversity of the word and the gifted writers who guide us in our exploration of the world. Our year-round special events keep the ideas coming between Festivals.

We believe that a love of reading and learning should be nurtured throughout our lives and that literacy is a birthright. Whether offering writing workshops to the homeless, hosting a Nobel Laureate, organizing our biannual literary celebrations or bringing authors into area schools, our goal is the same: to create an environment that activates creativity and encourages the love of reading, learning and self-expression.

The Ottawa International Writers Festival is dedicated to providing a welcoming, respectful and comfortable environment for all. In response to complaints of harassment or inappropriate behaviour that are brought to the attention of staff, guests may be asked to change their behaviour or to leave, at the discretion of the festival. Festival staff will use their judgment to respond to any incidents or allegations.

Diversity is a fundamental feature of our community and our programming. All races, religions and sexual orientations have and will continue to play a prominent role on and off our stage. We affirm and acknowledge that fundamental human rights include protections from harassment and discrimination. We are committed to empathy, compassion and respect in all our interactions.

Our work is rooted in a recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. These fundamental rights are the very foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world, and we are committed to continuing to work to ensure that our community is welcome, respected, and safe. Our performance venue is fully accessible, hearing assist technology is available to all patrons, and accommodations will be made to ensure no one is excluded from participating in our activities. If you have any questions or concerns about equity, access, or safety please do not hesitate to contact us.
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