The Winnipeg International Writers Festival is a charitable non-profit organization which promotes reading and literacy in Manitoba by curating the annual THIN AIR festival and showcasing writers throughout the year.

Coming Up

  • THIN AIR KIDS Classroom Visits!

    Our dynamic THIN AIR KIDS website is now open, so young readers (and the adults who support them) can explore original videos by a great group of CanLit heavy hitters. The site is open 24/7 throughout the month of February, so visit any time, and keep coming back!

    Now, for the first time since the pandemic, we’re thrilled to be arranging classroom visits, both virtual and in-person, for many of these writers!

    Between February 13 and March 24, you can book a writer to share their work, talk about writing, and perhaps even give your students some writing exercises and tips. We’re particularly excited to be partnering with MYRCA this year: all of our English-language titles for middle years and YA readers are on the current MYRCA list, so young readers can watch original videos by these writers, and you can supplement their experience by hosting one or two of them in your school.

    What else do you need to know before you book a writer?

    • Virtual / in-person visits: Offering both virtual and in-person classroom visits allows us to reach students across the province while minimizing our carbon footprint. To that end, in-person classroom visits are available ONLY for Winnipeg schools hosting a Winnipeg-based writer. All other classroom visits will be hosted via our Zoom platform.
    • Classroom visit length: We’re booking one-hour slots (but we can offer two consecutive half-hours for kindergarten or grade one classes).
    • Cost: We will invoice you $300 per visit after your visit is complete.
    • Group size: We recommend a cap of 50 students per classroom visit.
    • Total number of visits: In order to spread the love, we are limiting bookings to two visits per school.

    Booking a writer is a streamlined process. In our registration form, you will inform us of the grade and size of your group, your preferred visit type, and your preferred times or dates. Our School Program Coordinator Evan will be in touch directly and fit you into our master schedule. (You’re also welcome to reach out to him directly at schoolprogram@thinairwinnipeg.ca if you have questions before registering.)

    BOOK YOUR ENGLISH CLASSROOM VISIT HERE

    RÉSERVEZ VOTRE VISITE EN CLASSE DE FRANÇAIS ICI

  • Celebrate I Love to Read Month with THIN AIR KIDS and MYRCA

      We’re very excited to announce that THIN AIR KIDS/Livres en fête junior is partnering with the Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards (MYRCA) this year! All of our middle-years English-language books (grades 4-9) are current MYRCA titles, so young readers can find out more about the MYRCA books they’re reading on our make-your-own-adventure website, thinairkids.ca. […]

  • Manitowapow Award / Prix Manitowapow

    Submissions open Monday, November 21st and close Monday, January 20, 2023. Presented every two years to two Indigenous writers or oral performers who demonstrate excellence in writing, storytelling or spoken word and who also actively support Indigenous verbal arts in Manitoba. Call for Nominations – Manitowapow Award PDF  Sponsor: ​The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral […]

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