About Us

The Festival of Words should not exist. Located in the fourth-largest city (34,000) of a sparsely-populated hockey and bingo-loving province, a Festival that celebrates the imaginative uses of language would appear to have no raison d’etre. But the founding volunteers who laid the groundwork for the Festival were not easily discouraged; they were inspired and planned well.

In July of 1996, at the founding meeting, some zing was added to the traditional concept of a book-based literary festival, emphasizing all aspects of creative language use and promoting literacy. Books and writers would be the festival’s foundation, with variety added by storytellers, illustrators, book designers, journalists, editors, singer-songwriters, filmmakers, dramatists, actors, and the like. Other priorities were to provide programming for all age groups and to develop a year-round program promoting literacy, creative writing and life-long reading.

Building on the formula of a rock solid organization, a creative business plan, support from funding bodies and donors, and the willing work of a small, paid staff and over 140 volunteers, the Festival has become a remarkable success story.

Excerpts taken from a brief history written by Gary Hyland, Festival FounderProud Member of the Moose Jaw & Distrcit Chamber of Commerce

pdfBylaws (Sept 17 2013)