Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Tickets for any workshops and/or luncheons are ONLY available on line and over the phone at 613 562-1243 in Ottawa. Workshops and luncheons are not included in passes.


Seniors age (65+).


Tickets are also available at the door, if the event is not already sold-out.   Tickets purchased at the door are $5 more than if purchased in advance.
Please note: refunds are available from point of purchase 48hrs in advance of event.

Buy Tickets Online

Programming and prices are subject to change without notice.


Online tickets sales are closed 2 hours prior to the start of any event.


When you buy tickets online, you must either print your ticket at home and bring it to the event, or present the confirmation email on your phone, to gain admission. Tickets purchased online are not mailed, and cannot be picked up at the door.


Thanks to Carleton's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, mainstage tickets are free for Carleton University students.  These tickets can be reserved online via the "get tickets" feature or by phone at 613.562.1243. 

Buy In Person

Tickets for all events are available at the following locations: Books on Beechwood (Cash Only, 35 Beechwood Ave.); Perfect Books (Cash Only, 258 Elgin St.) and Octopus Books (Cash Only, 116 Third Ave. location ONLY). 


Become a Festival Member

Become a Festival Member with a minimum monthly donation of $20 or more, to gain access to all events throughout the year, and other benefits. learn more »


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Become a Member
I want to support the Writers Festival and get these benefits:
  • Free tickets to all festival programming
  • Reserved best-in-house seats
  • No waiting in line
  • Be the first to know about events
  • 10% off book purchases
  • Invitations to exclusive events

For monthly payment options contact Leslie Wilson at 613 562-1243 or

Six-Month Membership

Valid from Feb 1, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018
Basic membership:
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