How-to Guide for WOTS2021

Welcome to our 2021 virtual festival. On this page you can find out how to register, attend, and engage with WOTS2021.

Interactions and engagement will take place via our:

  • WOTS Website: Access our full schedule and Watch Now theatre page
  • Live events on YouTube: Ask questions and leave comments for our panelists in the live chat!
  • WOTS social channel: Socialize with other WOTS attendees or comment on any of our events happening, @torontoWOTS, everywhere

Please read our Code of Conduct carefully before engaging in any of our online platforms.

It will be assumed that by engaging in any WOTS platform, you have read our Code of Conduct and agree to abide by it for the duration of the festival.

This year, our WOTS team has organized ten days of programming through our YouTube channel. This main programming will be hosted September 16-26, with more events happening on our festival weekends, September 18 & 19 and September 25 & 26!

On the weekends, you can register for free workshops from talented graphic artists, poets, writers, and more!

To read our full programming schedule, please click here.

Our newsletter subscribers will be receiving daily digests of all programming taking place (hint, hint: sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page)!

To register for our events via Eventbrite, visit our page here! If you did not register, do not worry! You will be able to check out the full programming schedule on our WOTS festival schedule. From there, you can select which panels you’re most interested in and head over to our YouTube channel

There is no registration needed for viewing, simply click the video and watch! You will, however, need to make a YouTube account if you’d like to leave comments or ask the panelists questions during the livestream.

If you miss a panel you’re interested in, all of them will be available for later viewing on our YouTube channel.

Yes, throughout this year’s festival, we are featuring a limited number of in person signings at local bookstores. You can find the schedule, here.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing public health crisis, we are unable to present in person programming or our outdoor festival marketplace in 2021

Yes, check out our WOTS for Kids page to find our  on demand WOTS Bedtime Sories series or to register for our workshops with Ripple Foundation and the Ontario Science Centre.

Looking for more great kids content? Check out the Telling Tales festival this month and the FOLD Kids Book Fest in November.

You can find the WOTS library through our official eBook and Audiobook partner, Rakuten Kobo.


You can purchase featured titles online or in person through our official booksellers:


Want to buy books in person? Check out our Bookstore Signings page for our schedule of in person author signings.

Help animate our social media channels by tagging your posts #WOTS2021 or tagging us @torontoWOTS on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Congrats on writing your book! If you have a publisher, you can send a request to our programming team through them. If you’re an independent author, make sure you’re subscribed to our Exhibitor newsletter for marketplace opportunities. You can also send us an individual pitch for openings in 2022! Here’s a handy article that talks about how programming decisions are made.