Ottawa's Festival of Ideas Since 1997

Write On!

We’ve bee n bringing the best storytellers and illustrators from around the world into contact with kids throughout the region since 1999. Our Write On! youth literacy program includes free in-school and in-library literacy events, along with a series of writing workshops with acclaimed authors.
 
In many ways, the workshops, author readings and energetic Q&A sessions with thousands of children each year—many from Ottawa’s most disadvantaged and challenged schools—is perhaps the most important program we offer. As our schools struggle to boost their standings in province-wide comparisons, and with reading showing the least improvement of ‘the three Rs’, our commitment is to intensify our efforts to build on the results we’re seeing from these programs.

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We’ve bee n bringing the best storytellers and illustrators from around the world into contact with kids throughout the region since 1999. Our Write On! youth literacy program includes free in-school and in-library literacy events, along with a series of writing workshops with acclaimed authors.
 
In many ways, the workshops, author readings and energetic Q&A sessions with thousands of children each year—many from Ottawa’s most disadvantaged and challenged schools—is perhaps the most important program we offer. As our schools struggle to boost their standings in province-wide comparisons, and with reading showing the least improvement of ‘the three Rs’, our commitment is to intensify our efforts to build on the results we’re seeing from these programs.

Write On!

Literacy is a birthright. Every donation opens the door for one more student. Click the button below to make a tax-creditable donation or call us at (613) 562-1243 for more information.
 
Last year, more than 3,000 primary and secondary students were able to participate - a huge increase from the 400 we reached in 1999. But demand for this important program far outstrips our funding to deliver it. 
 

To Apply

The Festival is pleased to offer grants covering all associated costs of school visits through our children’s literacy program.


To apply for a free school appearance this Fall, please email Leslie Wilson with the number and age range of students (Minimum 100) your preferred date and time and school contact information.