Lit Fest

Lit Fest is our two-week celebration of the literary arts, with workshops in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and more. During Lit Fest, we host events day and night—including salons and business panels, free readings, visiting authors, a book fair, and the opening and closing parties.

Lit Fest 2016 will take place from June 3-17. Juried workshop instructors include returning faculty Steve Almond, Lidia Yuknavitch, Rebecca Makkai, and Emily Rapp Black, as well as newbies Ben Lerner, Jenny Offill, Jericho Brown, Alexandra Fuller, and Li-Young Lee. We'll also be offering a weeklong, non-juried workshop with Claire Vaye Watkins. 

We also welcome new faculty Chip Livingston, Christopher Merkner, Sibyl Gardner, Elizabeth Robinson, David J. Daniels, Jacob Appel, and many others, as well as the return of our all-star cast of Lighthouse regulars, including Shari Caudron, William Haywood Henderson, Erika Krouse, Denise Vega, Victoria Hanley, David Rothman, Ben Whitmer, Joanna Ruocco, Nick Arvin, John Brehm, and oodles more.

Browse the 2016 catalog of classes and the full Lit Fest schedule. Tickets and passes are on sale now!  

Our 2016 list of agents: 
Sally Wofford-Girand of Union Literary; Anna Stein of ICM Partners; Martha Millard of Sterling Lord; Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary; Sandra Bond of Bond Literary; Duvall Osteen of Nicole Aragi Literary; Renee Zuckerbrot of Lippincott Massie McQuilkin; Jonah Straus of Straus Literary; Thao Le of Dijkstra Literary Agency; Alexandra Machinist of ICM Partners; and Michael Taeckens (publicist) of Broadside PR. 

Editors available for meetings
Lindsey Drager of Denver Quarterly and Starcherone Books; A. Minetta Gould of Black Ocean Press; and Christopher Kondrich of Tupelo Quarterly

For details on how to schedule a meeting with an agent or editor, please see the Business Pass Information Packet (you must have a Gold, Silver, Bronze Festival Pass, or Full-Access Business Pass in order to meet with an agent or editor).

Out-of-town guests, please take a look at our list of recommended hotel options for available discounts and lodging nearby. 

Have questions? Learn more about our Juried Workshops or read the Lit Fest FAQ.

Please join us in thanking Tattered Cover, the exclusive bookseller for Lit Fest & the Book Fair, who donated a portion of book sale proceeds to Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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