This just in from our friends at the Community Arts Partnership!

The 12th Annual Spring Writes Literary Festival is happening virtually in November! 

The Spring Writes Literary Festival, now in its twelfth year, features over 80 regional writers, and 23 literary themed events and performances – all taking place virtually from November 18th through the 29th.

All events are free, with zoom registrations required. 

The Festival’s line-up was juried from an open call for proposals, and curated by this year’s Artistic Director Jennifer Tennant. There is truly something for everyone! There are numerous readings of all genres, panel discussions, impactful performances, and an open mic. To see the full lineup of participating local writers and events, visit

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (CAP). The Festival got its start in 2009 from a desire to shine a light on the abundance of literary talent across the Finger Lakes Region, and bring writers and audiences together.  Since then, it has grown from 14 events that first year, to 43 in 2019. This year’s festival was originally scheduled to take place in May at ten downtown Ithaca locations, and was postponed due to the pandemic. CAP is very pleased to be able to preserve 30 events from the original line-up, now all virtual. (In addition to the 23 events during in November, 7 writing workshops will be held from December through April.)

A 2019 attendee wrote to CAP to say: “This was my first year attending the Spring Writes Literary Festival and I was completely unprepared for how powerful an experience it would be. We are so fortunate that we have such amazing artists in our community that so generously share their stories and their expertise!”

The impact on our writing community is also strong. “There is a groundswell of writers who want to participate, to help plan and organize events, and to get even more writers on board” says Robin Schwartz, CAP Program Director. “Writers typically work in isolation, so the excitement generated by bringing this community together with each other and audiences is palpable.”

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is supported with grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and Poets & Writers.  We thank our 2020 Sponsors: Ithaca College, M&T Bank, the Marriott in Ithaca, Odyssey Bookstore, and Wegmans!

Wednesday, November 18

Spring Writes Literary Festival Schedule at a Glance

Visit for full descriptions and registration information, and artist bios.

Wednesday, November 18

6:00 to 7:00pm: Reading: Poetry and Prose Open Mic

6:00 – 6:50pm: Reading: Writing the Memoir – The Personal is Always the Political

7:00 – 8:00pm: Panel: Code-switching: Exploring Multilingualism in Writing and Literature

Thursday, November 19

6:00 – 7:00pm: Film Screening: Motherhood is A Joke

7:15 – 8:45pm: Panel: Total Submission: Understanding the Kinks and Quirks of Literary Magazines

 Friday, November 20

6:00 – 7:00pm: Panel: Changes Quickly Become A Parent: Learning to Write While Raising Kids

6:00 – 6:50pm: Event/Performance: Three Seasoned Wild Women Speak

7:00 – 8:00pm: Performance: Othello in Black and White

Saturday, November 21

5:15 – 5:50pm: Reading: The Thursdays Read

6:00 – 6:50pm: Reading/Panel: Crafting the Life In Progress

7:00 – 8:00pm: Performance: Life’s A Joke: A reading to Make You Laugh – If it Doesn’t Make You Cry

Sunday, November 22

3:00 – 3:50pm: Panel: How Books Make a Person: On the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Reading to Write

4:00 – 4:50pm: Reading: Life Studies

5:00 – 6:00pm: Panel: Succeeding in an Alternate Universe: Pros and Cons of Independent Presses and Self Publishing

6:15 – 7:15pm: Reading/Event: Bob Proehl in Conversation with Thom Dunn

Friday, November 27

6:00 – 6:50pm: Of Course: An Exploration

7pm-8pm: Group Reading: Writing Across Genres and Borders

Saturday, November 28
6:00 – 6:50pm: Reading: Dr. Nia Nunn presents Youth Poems

7:00 – 8:00pm: Reading: Concretizing the Double-Unreal: Dream-like Scenes in Fiction

Sunday, November 29

 5:00 – 5:50: Performance: Senior Troupe of Lifelong presents: Movies, an intergenerational telling of our stories

6:00 – 6:50pm: Group Event #2: Prose and Poetry Reading

7:00 – 8:00pm: Performance: Feasting the Sea-God: Stories from The Odyssey

7:00 – 8:00pm: Reading: Ithaca College Writing Students’ Senior Project Showcase

Workshops from December through April!

The Art of Fear: How Authors Create Riveting Experiences Through Suspense and Terror

Life’s A Joke: Find the Funny,” a Joke Writing Workshop

Emily Writes Back: Letting Loose Your Inner Advice Columnist/Essayist

Running Around the Writer’s Block

Writing Fantasy Fiction and Poetry

Secret Syllabics: A Poetry Workshop for Sneaky People

Writing From the Body

Spring Writes Literary Festival Nov 18-29