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Bringing together emerging and established Canadian writers since 2010

Real Vancouver exists to provide a platform for Canadian writers to share original thought-provoking work with a world that needs new perspectives.

About Real Vancouver

Our story

Real Vancouver, originally known as the Real Vancouver Writers’ Series (RVWS), has been curating, producing, and promoting literary events on the traditional, ancient, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations since 2010.

The series was initially conceived as a celebration of the diverse and talented local literary community of writers, small presses, and independent bookshops 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 that during that time.

44 Canadian writers were featured over four weeks, representing a diverse range of local communities, forms, sensibilities, genres, and perspectives.

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

Real Vancouver today

While the series was only intended to run throughout the 2010 Olympic Games, we continued to produce events at the W2 Storyeum and W2 Woodwards locations until late 2012. 

Between 2012 and the arrival of the Covid-19 global pandemic Real Vancouver became a peripatetic organization and hosted countless events at art galleries and improvised spaces across East Vancouver and the Downtown Eastside (DTES). We’ve also hosted a variety of accessible events at the Russian Hall in East Vancouver’s Strathcona neighborhood.

In 2020, we adapted our series to include online events and continued to collaborate with Iron Dog Books to produce events that featured Indigenous authors such as Sara and Robert Davidson, Daniel Heath Justice (with Jeff Vandermeer), and poets Dallas Hunt, Selina Boan, and Molly Cross-Blanchard.

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.  We launched the Real Vancouver Writing School in 2022, in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Festival.

Today, Real Vancouver has grown into an integral part of Canada’s literary landscape. Our literary events provide a space for meaningful dialogue and collaboration, offering writing workshops, readings, networking events, professional development opportunities, projects with other organizations, and more.

Land Acknowledgment

Real Vancouver recognizes and honors the deep history and ongoing presence of Indigenous peoples on this land and the importance of acknowledging and respecting their sovereignty. We are committed to the process of reconciliation with Indigenous communities and to working towards a more equitable and just society for all.

We live and work on the ancient and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Our People

Sean Cranbury

Founder and Board Chair

Dina Del Bucchia

Artistic Director

Former Board Members

Katie Stewart, Heidi Schiller, Maureen Gillis, Candie Tanaka, Britt Laidman, Dan Pon, Laura Matvichuk, and Jeffrey Bryan.

Our Partners & Collaborators

Iron Dog Books

Iron Dog Books

partner bookstore

Ad Mock

poster designer

SAD Mag Logo

SAD Mag

event partner

marimba designs

web design and vibes

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Help preserve and promote Canadian writers by contributing to Real Vancouver. Your donation helps us run our events and provide writers with resources, mentorship, and opportunities to grow their craft.