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FREE | 2022 Spring Writes Literary Festival!

May 26, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

2022 Spring Writes Literary Festival!
14th Annual Spring Writes Literary Festival! 5/5 to 6/7. 40 events, some zoom, some live. 100 Writers. All Free!

About this event

The 14th Annual Spring Writes Literary Festival starts on May 5th!

Over 40 events. 100 Local Writers. Some on Zoom, Some Live. All Free!

Now in its 14th year, the Festival includes over 40 free literary themed events, both live in downtown Ithaca, and on zoom. Over 100 local and regional writers are participating! Events start on May 5th and run through the 21st, with writing workshops continuing through early June. Additional literary themed community events are folded in to the schedule as well!

There will be plenty of readings that include an open mic for poetry and prose, multiple thematic readings by established authors, performative readings, local teens sharing their stories of survival during a pandemic, a motherhood comedy showcase, afrofuturist speculative poetry readings, among others.

There’s a zine celebration, an “Inside Black Feminist Alchemy” lecture, and panel discussions that include subjects like the path to a first book, overcoming your inner critic, finding inspiration, creating communities through art, and writing about mental illness.

There will be performances that include staged play readings from local playwrights, stories from Lifelong’s Senior Theatre Troupe, a “Spin the Bottle On the Arts” that pairs musicians with actors reading writers’ work, a reading of a film script about race in America, a Comics Drama Radio Hour, and a local literary All-Stars Wordle showdown.

Workshops include zine making, writing speculative poetry, creating lyrics for musical theatre, taking a playful approach to rewrites, and “writing from the body.”

To find the full schedule, writer bios, and registration links for zoom events, visit


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