Lit Fest

    Lit Fest is our annual summer celebration of the literary arts. Join us for two weeks of workshops, parties, seminars, salons, agent consultations, and more. We have something for everyone, including seminars in fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, and screenwriting, as well as courses for young writers, grades 3-12. Choose classes and events à la carte, or sign up for one of our festival passes for the full experience. This year’s Lit Fest takes place June 2-16, and tickets and passes go on sale the first week of April.

    This year, we're excited to welcome visiting authors Steve Almond, Geoff Dyer, Sarah Manguso, Renee Gladman, Rebecca Makkai, Elizabeth McCracken, Ada Limón, Jennifer Haigh, Andre Dubus III, Akhil Sharma, Daniel Goldfarb, and more. (Please note: David Henry Hwang's events have been replaced with Daniel Goldfarb's, and Merrit Tierce's events have been replaced with Jennifer Haigh's.)

    Agents attending include Rayhané Sanders (Lippincott Massie McQuilkin), Kerry D'Agostino (Curtis Brown), Sally Wofford-Girand (Union Literary), Duvall Osteen (Aragi), Renée Zuckerbrot (Lippincott Massie McQuilkin), Allison Hunter (Janklow and Nesbit), Shana Kelly (Einstein), Joanna MacKenzie (Nelson Literary), Julia Masnik (Watkins Loomis), and Margaret Riley King (William Morris Endeavor). Please see the Business Info Packet for details on agent schedules. 

    Have questions? Download the full catalog below, take a look at our Lit Fest FAQ and hotel recommendations, or give us a call (303.297.1185).



    Kickoff Party: June 2, 2017

    No-Level Poetry Weeklong Intensive

    How to Start a Novel You Can Actually Finish

    Salon: Minimalism vs. Maximalism

    Craft Seminars

    Lit Fest craft seminars give writers of all levels the chance to gain new insight into particular topics, techniques, or genres. Whether you’re interested in learning more about breaking into blogging, creating colorful characters, or perfecting that fight scene, we’ve got a class for you.

    Master Workshops

    Lit Fest Master Workshops are weeklong advanced courses taught by visiting authors of the highest caliber. Participation is by application only, and classes are limited to 10 students each. Master Workshop applications for 2017 closed on March 1.

    Salons + Readings

    Stick around after class for our nighttime salons, featuring a panel of authors talking about topics ranging from writing in the era of Trump to the benefits of unlikable characters. Or stay to hear a free reading from Lit Fest participants and instructors, including our visiting authors.

    Agent Consultations

    Need publishing advice? Our Full-Access Business Pass gets you a one-on-one consultation with Lit Fest's visiting literary agents and editors.

    Weekend Intensives

    Want to learn more about a specific element of craft? Dive into the work of a certain writer? Lit Fest weekend intensives offer participants the chance to spend one or two weekends in focused study on a particular topic.

    Young Writers

    Lit Fest has something for writers of every age! Kids and teens from grades 3–12 can choose from a variety of craft classes for young writers offered throughout the festival.

    Business Panels

    How do you submit to literary magazines? What’s the best way to find an agent? Our daily Brown-Bag Business Panels provide the advice you need to master the publishing side of writing. Bring a lunch and join us.


    The Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers support advanced writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing (one in each genre) who haven’t yet published a book-length work and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend a weeklong or weekend Master Workshop. The application deadline was March 1.

    Author Readings

    June 07, 2017
    Hear from our Lit Fest visiting authors at two nights of free readings! Geoff Dyer, Renee Gladman, Rebecca Makkai, Sarah Manguso, and Elizabeth McCracken will read on June 7, and Andre Dubus III, Ada Limón, Akhil Sharma, and Jennifer Haigh will read on June 13, both from 8:00 to 9:30 PM.

    A Literary Circus

    June 15, 2017
    It’s our 20th anniversary! See how far we’ve come, celebrate our numerous successes, and help us look ahead to the next 20 years. Lit Fest visiting authors will join us for circus-themed games and entertainment, dinner, drinks, and plenty of fun.

    Festival Passes

    Gold Pass


    Silver Pass


    Almond Pass


    Bronze Pass


    Penny Pass


    Glitterati Pass


    Craft Seminar Five-Pack


    Business Passes

    Full-Access Business Pass

    $240.00 / $240.00

    Business Panel Pass

    $180.00 / $180.00

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