Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Eden Mills?

Eden Mills is a hamlet 12 km east of Guelph, Ontario, and 80 km west of Toronto. We offer a map and more specific directions here.

Is there parking?

Yes, there’s lots of free parking for the Thursday evening concert and Festival Sunday. On Sunday, the parking areas are a short walk from York Street, where the Festival takes place. There is a shuttle bus from the west parking lot (Wellington County Rd. 29 & Barden St.) to York St.
For events held at the University of Guelph, there is free parking in lots P10/P11/P12.

Is the Festival wheelchair accessible?

Yes. There is parking in the centre of the village for cars displaying the wheelchair logo. All the reading sites are wheelchair accessible.

What should I bring with me?

Bring a folding lawn chair, blanket or waterproof ground cover, a hat, an umbrella (just in case!), a water bottle and an inquisitive mind.

When will the schedule be announced?

The reading schedule is posted in August on our SCHEDULE page.

Where does the Festival take place?

Most events take place in Eden Mills, Ontario. The Thursday Opening Night event is held at the Eden Mills Community Hall at 104 York Street. Festival Sunday takes place from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. at several outdoor sites along York, Chapel and Barden Streets, which are closed to car traffic for the day.

Do I need to buy tickets to attend the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival events?

We recommend that you buy tickets ahead of time since they often sell out. But you may buy tickets at the gate or in advance at The Bookshelf, Guelph or online at emwftix.ca.

Can I buy books?

Yes, indeed. The Bookshelf has a booth on Publishers’ Way from where they sell the work of our guest authors. Small publishing houses, booksellers, magazine publishers and non-profit groups also showcase their wares along Publishers’ Way.

Is there an ATM?

There is no ATM. Unreliable Internet and cell phone reception in our little village limit our ability to offer electronic payment options. Please bring cash. The Bookshelf does accept credit cards using a manual credit card swipe machine.

Is water available?

Yes, and it’s free. Bring your own container, please.

Is food available?

Yes, there’s a food court where vendors sell a variety of scrumptious food. You can sit at the food court’s picnic tables to eat or you can take your lunch with you to the sites to hear the authors. Our food court avoids using plastic and Styrofoam, so please help us out by placing your dishes and cutlery in the appropriate containers. We’ll wash and dry them in commercial dishwashers.

Can I volunteer?

Yes, of course! We would welcome your help. Each year, the Festival recruits a team of approximately 100 irreplaceable volunteers. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer page.

Can I present my work at the Festival?

The Festival is a curated event that brings in writers by invitation only. We receive hundreds of unsolicited submissions from authors wishing to read at the festival and hundreds of recommendations from enthusiasts. Though we are grateful for this interest in our festival, and though we do take the time to consider unsolicited proposals, we are often unable to respond to every submission or recommendation or to return material submitted.

Can I recommend an author for the Festival?

Yes, you may recommend a favourite author or present an idea for an event, as many people and organizations do every year. We will not be able to respond to every request or pitch, however, so please do not interpret our silence as negligence. A committee of readers will consider your recommendation.

Can I bring my work to the Festival to show the publishers on Publishers’ Way?

Many publishers attend Sunday’s event, participate in the festival and sell their works along Publishers’ Way, but most are not prepared to receive manuscripts on this day. We suggest that you approach a publisher through the usual channels, finding out first what their submission requirements are.

How do I get my work published?

There’s lots of great advice out there regarding the Canadian publishing market. The Canadian Authors Association offers lots of good advice, as does the Association of Canadian Publishers.

Can you put me in touch with an author on the program?

Authors sign their books after the set in which they read (at tables set up along Publishers’ Way), so you can certainly approach them then. To protect their privacy, we do not give out their contact details to anyone, and we cannot pass on messages. The best ways to contact our guests are through their websites, publishers or agents.