Schedule of Events


Friday, September  7, 2018
30th Anniversary Celebration with Dan Needles

Time TBA, Eden Mills Community Hall

Tickets on sale in July

Join “Canada’s funniest farmer”, Dan Needles, for an entertaining evening to kick off the festival! Additional programming to be announced.


Saturday, September  8, 2018
In Conversation with Jann Arden

1 p.m., The University of Guelph, War Memorial Hall (390 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON)

Tickets on sale in July

Jann Arden returns to the EMWF! 

Join the beloved Canadian icon and multiple Juno award-winning singer-songwriter as she shares her story and explores the inspiration behind her memoirs, including Feeding My Mother (2017) and Falling Backward (2011). Feeding My Mother is a frank, funny, inspirational and piercingly honest account of her experiences as primary “parent” to her mom, who is in the grip of Alzheimer’s.

If you were unable to attend the EMWF’s presentation of Jann Arden in February 2018 as part of Lit Music Brunch, you don’t want to miss this! 


Writing Workshops

Tickets on sale in July

Writing with Sheila Heti

Time TBA, The Delta Hotel, 50 Stone Road West

This workshop will deal with the many aspects of fiction writing; there will be time to write and the option to share what you’ve written. Sheila will lecture on various topics and discuss her writing process in order to help you find new attachments and intimacies to your own process.


Sensory Writing with Craig Davidson

Time TBA, The Delta Hotel, 50 Stone Road West

One of the best, but perhaps most underappreciated, ways to immerse readers in a piece of writing is by appealing to their five senses — smell, taste, touch, sight, auditory cues. This is a great way to anchor readers within, or otherwise flesh out, scenes that may be missing that crucial “something”.

In this workshop, we will talk about how to use sensory cues to immerse readers in a scene, helping them see better through your character’s eyes, in order to pull them deeper into the world of a story, novel or nonfiction piece.


Sunday, September  9, 2018
Festival Sunday

Noon-6 p.m., Village of Eden Mills

Now in its 30th year, the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival showcases the very best of emerging and established Canadian writing in an idyllic outdoor setting along the banks of the Eramosa River.

Join us for an afternoon of author readings for all ages, featuring more than 40 authors, including Cherie Dimaline, Esi Edugyan, Rawi Hage, Sheila Heti, Thomas King, Dennis Lee, Madeleine Thien and many more.

All reading sites are wheelchair accessible.


Monday, September  24, 2018
The Hundred Story Wood

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Eden Mills

Four outstanding Canadian authors – Claire Tacon, Amy Stuart, Pasha Malla and Catherine Graham – host writing workshops for high school students. Click here for more details.