The Saskatchewan Festival of Words is just around the corner, and it is shaping up to be a full house. Tickets for the event are selling out quickly. 

“We sold out of some passes, our full and student passes, yesterday. We’ve managed to find a little more space, so we opened up a few more today (Thursday) but they are selling as quickly as we were putting them online,” said Executive Director of the Festival of Words, Amanda Farnell.  

While the full-event and student passes—which get you full access to everything at the festival—may be sold out, there still are passes available explains Farnell. 

“We will still have our day passes for Friday and Saturday. A Friday pass to get you into everything except trivia night is $45, so very reasonable for a full day of entertainment,” said Farnell.  

“For Saturday, it’s $85 for the day and that gets you the Brent Butt comedy special and interview afterwards as well, so still great stuff available.” 

She notes that considerable interest has been shown to the numerous workshops and programs at the festival. 

“We still have some workshop spaces, but two of our workshops are sold out. But we still have one if you’re interested in trying to learn how to public speak, we’ve got one available for you,” explained Farnell. “(There is a) great poet who’s done this for years and is giving a master class at the festival.” 

Farnell took a moment to speak about a panel that is being sponsored by Golden West Broadcasting that is taking place at the festival. 

“(The panel) is such a great fit. It is what happens when your book accidentally becomes political,” said Farnell.  

“So, we have a few writers who have young adult, graphic novels, fiction, novels, and for whatever reason, their books have been banned or taken into the political sphere when they didn’t want them to, and it’s kind of how you deal with that.” 

To find out more about the Festival of Words you can do so on their website, or by calling them 306-691-0557.