Queer Creatives Fest

    The third annual Queer Creatives Fest will be held on October 25-27, 2024. This year's offerings will be live on Friday, July 26th!

    The Queer Creatives Fest is open to writers of all genres and creatives of all types who identify as members of LGBTQIA+ communities. We also welcome folks who are questioning their gender or sexual orientation and are in solidarity with LGBTQIA+ communities. Our intention is to center LGBTQIA+ people at the festival. 

    Make sure that you sign up for our mailing list to be notified of updates and future programs and events. Stay connected by attending our online, monthly Queer Creatives meet-ups.

     

    2023 Catalog

    Check out all of the info from the 2023 festival including class and event descriptions, pass breakdowns, and more!

    Intensives

    The 2023 Fest featured virtual and in person, three and two-day intensives focused on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. These intensives were taught by William Haywood Henderson, Jesaka Long, and Dino Enrique Piacentini. Intensives are a great place to build community, hone your craft, and dive deeper into your favorite genre or writing style.

    Craft Seminars

    Craft seminar classes are one-time workshops that will focus on developing and learning about a specific skill or particular element of a genre or writing technique. 2023's classes were taught by Ashley Cornelius, Aerik Francis, ​​Chip Livingston, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Grace Wagner, and Lisa Kennedy. 

    Events

    The Queer Creatives Fest 2023 featured a fantastic lineup of free and sliding-scale events ranging from a community dinner, dance party, readings, open-mic, brunch, a panel co-hosted by The Word featuring LGBTQIA+ authors talking about their publishing journeys and more! Throughout the festival, folks dropped into our in-person community art space, wrote in our lounges, or built community over conversation and board games. Saturday evening was (Chosen) Family Night with events suitable for all ages.

    Passes

    Passes are a great fit for creatives who want to take a two or three-day intensive and afternoon craft seminars each day or multiple craft seminars. Signing up for a Gold, Silver, or Bronze pass will allow you to get the full experience of the festival at a discounted rate. While tuition assistance is not available for passes, we do encourage you to look at our payment plan options which you can find on our Financial Assistance page. We still offer Writerships for individual workshops. 

    Accessibility Guide

    Attending the retreat in person? Check out our Accessibility Guide for an overview of the space. Contact us if you would like to request specific accessibility accommodations or visit the info booth for staff/volunteer support.