Schedule of Events


Friday, September  7, 2018
30th Anniversary Celebration

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

Join “Canada’s funniest farmer”, Dan Needles, as well as 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. Cash bar. 

T I C K E T S • $20

Saturday, September  8, 2018
Jann Arden: In Conversation

1:00 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.

T I C K E T S • $10

Writing Workshops
Writing with Sheila Heti

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

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.

T I C K E T S • $35 per workshop • Both for $60

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 Cherie Dimaline, Esi Edugyan, Rawi Hage, Sheila Heti, Thomas King, Dennis Lee, Madeleine Thien and many more.

All reading sites are wheelchair accessible.

T I C K E T S • $20 • Students $10

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.