About the FOLD

The Festival of Literary Diversity was founded in 2014 by author Jael Richardson. In May 2016, the first festival devoted to underrepresented authors and storytellers was presented in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Since then, the festival continues to provide an important space for writers from marginalized communities to discuss their craft and the challenges involved in creating stories that ask difficult questions, expose hard truths and push literary boundaries. Register today for an individual pass, a bundle of passes, or as a school group.


For a complete list of speakers, check out the Festival of Literary Diversity

Ben Philippe

Brandon Wint

Eden Robinson

Francesca Ekwuyasi

Jasmine Guillory

Marci Ien

Nadine Matheson

Shani Mootoo

Shahir Massoud

Sheung King

Silvia Moreno Garcia

Sonali Dev

Tanya Boteju

Thomas King

Trey Anthony

Uzma Jalaluddin


May 01

12:00PM - 1:15pm

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Community and Isolation - Part 1

02:00PM - 03:15PM

FEATURE: Ask Eden Robinson

04:00PM - 05:15PM

WORKSHOP: Poetry and the Poetics of Hope

06:00PM - 07:15PM

WORKSHOP: Tough Topics for Teens

08:00PM - 09:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Community and Isolation - Part 2

May 02

12:00PM - 01:15PM

WORKSHOP: The No-Fear Approach to Writing Book Proposals

02:00PM - 04:30PM

FEATURE: Virtual Writer's Hub

06:00PM - 07:00PM

FEATURE: Off Script with Marci Ien

08:00PM - 09:15PM

FEATURE: Big and Beautiful Bodies

May 03

12:00PM - 01:15PM

PUBLISHING: Navigating the Publishing Industry

03:00PM - 04:15PM

PUBLISHING: Decolonizing Editing

05:00PM - 06:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Hope and History

08:00PM - 09:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Loss and Grief

May 04

12:00PM - 01:15PM

PUBLISHING: Anti-Oppressive Copyediting

02:00PM - 03:15PM

SCHOOLS: The Power and Possibility of Fiction

04:00PM - 05:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Danger and Uncertainty

08:00PM - 09:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Mystery and Magic

May 05

01:00PM - 02:15PM

SCHOOLS: The Spoken Word Showcase

04:00PM - 05:15PM

PUBLISHING: Lost in Translation

08:00PM - 09:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Truth and Curiosity

May 06

02:00PM - 03:15PM

YOUNG ADULT: Behind the Story of Dwayne "Dero" De Rosario

05:00PM - 06:15PM

WORKSHOP: Setting the Scene in Fiction

08:00PM - 09:15PM

FEATURE: Made In Brampton

May 07

01:00PM - 02:15PM

SCHOOLS: Illustrator Battle

05:00PM - 06:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on the Beauty of Transformation

08:00PM - 09:15PM

FEATURE: The Translation Duel

May 08

12:00PM - 01:15PM

FEATURE: Cooking with Shahir Masood

02:00PM - 03:15PM

WORKSHOP: Horror Writing and Indigenous Storytelling

04:00PM - 05:15PM

FEATURE: The Premiere of Sufferance with Thomas King

06:00PM - 07:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Fear and Monsters

08:00PM - 09:15PM

FEATURE: Poets on the Body

May 15

12:00PM - 01:15PM

WORKSHOP: Writing for Harlequin

02:00PM - 03:15PM

PANEL: Diversity in Romance Publishing

04:00PM - 05:00PM

FEATURE: One-on-one with Jasmine Guillory

06:00PM - 07:15PM

WORKSHOP: Building your Author Brand

08:00PM - 09:15PM

MOOD SERIES: Writers on Love and Longing


A New Virtual Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

You can buy tickets here, at fold2021.vfairs.com. Payments can be made through Paypal or with a credit card.
Tickets will go on sale March 25 and will remain available until May 31, 2021.
The 2021 Festival of Literary Diversity pass provides access to more than 35 different events, most of which will be offered live. Once presented, all of the events will be available on-demand until the end of the month.
In addition to the festival events, passholders will be able to access our virtual exhibition hall, which features booths from nearly 20 sponsors and partners. Guests will be able to chat directly with representatives and will also be able to shop for books and limited edition festival gear.
Passholders will be able to “see” and interact with other participants and through our chat function, you can also participate in chats after events where we talk about some of the conversations that took place in the Main Hall.
In addition to all of this, the 2021 festival includes an impressive festival leaderboard where passholders can accumulate points for participating in any number of activities.
The complete schedule is available here and on our website. This year’s festival includes over 35 different events with more than 60 authors and presenters. It includes a Mood Series, Writing Workshops, Professional Development Workshops for Publishing Professionals, and Feature Events.
The FOLD virtual space will be populated with Alt-Text. It will also have the option of increasing or decreasing font size. All festival events will be live-captioned.
The virtual festival space will include a number of halls and spaces that you can enter and explore. One of the halls is the Main Auditorium, where you can enter at any time and wait for the next event to begin. When the event begins a Zoom pop up window will appear for you to watch the panel discussion, workshop, or interview. After the event, you can return to the virtual lobby and join a chat, peruse the exhibitor’s hall or check out how you’re doing on the virtual leaderboard.
When the platform opens, there will be an information desk where you can ask festival staff for more information. There will also be a technical support team that can help you troubleshoot any issues you might have logging in or using the platform.
This website is continuously updated, so bookmark fold2021.vfairs.com and keep checking as the festival approaches. For year-round updates, be sure to sign up for our newsletter at thefoldcanada.org and follow us on social media.
We know that life and time zones may make it difficult for you to participate in every event as it happens. All videos will be available until May 31 to watch and re-watch on the platform at your leisure.
The videos will be available until May 31, 2021.
The booklist for FOLD 2021 is available now. For those residing at Canadian addresses, books can be purchased through our festival partner, Another Story Bookshop. All Canadian book orders received through ASB that include a FOLD 2021 author will come with a limited edition festival book pack, which includes a program and a few other festival goodies. For festival goers in the US and the UK, please check out the FOLD account at Bookshop.
The FOLD has a Board of Directors, a Planning Team, and a Kids Festival Advisory Committee, as well as a general volunteer pool for in-person events.