Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

By Mail

The Writers Festival

201 des Peres Blancs Ave. 

Ottawa, ON K1L 7M1 


By Phone

(613) 562-1243

By Email

Community Relations Director

Leslie Wilson (


Artistic Director

Sean Wilson (


Development Director

Neil Wilson (


Social Media Manager

Nina Drystek (

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Author Patrons

(with thanks for the idea to our friends at the Kingston WritersFest.)


Looking for a way to help bring your favourite writer to the festival? Becoming an Author Patron is a great way to get involved and to support the Festival and the author of your choice! Patrons can be individuals, businesses, or groups such as book clubs or writing groups.


Donations contribute to the travel and accommodation costs of our authors. The amount of the donation varies, depending on the distance the author travels and the length of their stay at the festival. In general, Amounts range from $500 for a local author to $2,000 for an international guest. 


As an Author Patron, you will receive:

• reserved front-row seating at each of your author’s events

• a signed complimentary copy of your author’s featured book

• an opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with your author,

• your name listed on the Festival website