Schedule of Events

To purchase tickets to any of our events, click on the black ticket buttons below. If you do not wish to purchase your tickets online, you can call Showpass, our ticketing vendor, at 1-844-307-7469 and they will process your transaction over the phone. Festival Sunday tickets are also available at The Bookshelf in Guelph. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact [email protected] and we’d be happy to assist you.

Sunday, September  9, 2018
Festival Sunday

Noon – 6:00 P.M. • Village of Eden Mills

Advance tickets: $20 • Students $10 — At the gate: $25 • Students $15                                                                                      Admission is free for children under the age of 14

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 Esi Edugyan, Rawi Hage, Sharon Bala, Thomas King, Dennis Lee, Madeleine Thien and many more.

All reading sites are wheelchair accessible.

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Cherie Dimaline will no longer be attending Festival Sunday. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.

Friday, September  7, 2018
30th Anniversary Celebration

8:00 P.M. (Doors open at 7:30 P.M.) • Eden Mills Community Hall

Join Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates, which won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Literary Humour, and Patricia Oliver, author of The Gynesaurs, for an entertaining evening to kick off the 2018 festival! Folk-singer, Doris Folkens, who writes songs rooted in storytelling, and award-winning fiddler, Shane Cook, are our special musical guests for this lively evening of story and song. The night will begin with a Territorial Acknowledgement by Eden Mills residents Kieran and Teeka Rice, followed by a ten-minute reading from “The Cowgirl and the Indian”, a play about Native non-Native relations, written in collaboration with their mother, playwright Dale Hamilton and Coast Salish elder Shane Point. Cash bar. 

Please note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Dan Needles is unable to perform at our 30th Anniversary Celebration. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.

T I C K E T S • $20

Saturday, September  8, 2018
Jann Arden: In Conversation

1:00 P.M. (Doors open at 12:15 P.M.) • The University of Guelph, War Memorial Hall (390 Gordon Street, Guelph, ON)

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! 

Presented by the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in conjunction with the University of Guelph College of Arts, and The Bookshelf.


Writing Workshops
Writing with Sheila Heti (SOLD  OUT)

9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. • 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 (SOLD OUT)

1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. • 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.


Monday, September  24, 2018
The Hundred Story Wood

8:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. • Eden Mills

TICKETS: $35 per student

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