Real Vancouver Writers’ Series

curated, inclusive, independent | emerging and established writers | since 2010


Jordan Abel performs at Real Vancouver Paper Hound 2014 (Paper Hound Bookshop). Photo by Sean Cranbury

The Real Vancouver Writers’ Series (RVWS) is a curated literary arts reading series and registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to curating, producing, and promoting literary events that feature emerging and established authors from Vancouver and across Canada.

RVWS was originally conceived as a response to the lack of free public literary event programming in Vancouver during the Winter Olympics Games of 2010.

A small group of volunteers harnessed the power of social media and, in partnership with W2 Community Media Arts and the W2 Culture and Media House, promoted and produced four events during February 2010.

Those four events featrued a total of 44 writers over four weeks. These writers represented a diverse range of local communities, forms, sensibilities, genres, and perspectives. Emerging and established writers shared the stage, reading and performing before standing room only crowds in Vancouver’s Downtown east side.

The very first Real Vancouver event occurred on Wednesday February 3rd 2010 at the Perel Gallery on 100 block West Hastings Street.

The Series, though originally intended to last only throughout the 2010 Olympic Games, produced events at the W2 Storyeum and W2 Woodwards locations until late 2012. After that time RVWS became a peripatetic organization and hosted countless events at art galleries and improvised spaces across east Vancouver and the downtown eastside. In recent years RVWS has hosted accissible events at the Russian Hall in east Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood.

In 2020 RVWS adapted to the new realities of the COVID-19 pandemic by taking their events online and has continued to produce four events per year (plus a few extra events with authors and bookstores who needed support). You can find out more about our upcoming and archived video events from the past year at our crowdcast page.

Though we’ve always been a volunteer-powered organization in 2014 Real Vancouver became a registered non-profit society and developed a Board of Directors.

In the past we have partnered with many respected literary organizations from across the country, such as Griffin Poetry Trust, The Literary Press Group, Frontier College, W2 Community Media Arts, and many excellent Canadian publishers