Lit Fest 2018

    June 1-15, 2018

    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'll have something for everyone—fiction, nonfiction, memoir, poetry, 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. Tickets and passes go on sale April 2nd. 

    This year, we're excited to welcome visiting authors Alexandre Philippe, Steve Almond, Lydia Millet, CAConrad, Jenny Offill, Emily Rapp Black, Min Jin Lee, Halley Feiffer, Leslie Jamison, Rachel Cusk, Terrance Hayes, Charles D'Ambrosio, Robin Black, Maggie Shipstead, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and more. Learn more about our Master Workshops.

    Agents attending include Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown), Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit), Jesseca Salky (HSG), Amelia Atlas (ICM), Kerry Sparks (Levine Greenberg Agency), Sally Harding (CookeMcDermid), Chris Clemans (Janklow & Nesbit), Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency), Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative), Alexa Stark (Trident Media Group), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary), Sandra Bond (Bond Literary), and Shana Kelly (Einstein). Lit Fest passholders have the option of meeting one-on-one with an agent during Lit Fest.

    Can't make it to Lit Fest during the day? Want something to do after classes get out? We have salons, readings, or parties almost every evening. Check out our Lit Fest at Night guide for details.

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    Master Workshops

    Lit Fest Master Workshops are advanced weeklong and weekend courses taught by visiting authors of the highest caliber. Participation is by application only, and classes are limited to 10 students each. The deadline for Master Workshops has passed, but we're still accepting applications for the weekend screenwriting workshop on a rolling basis.

    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.

    Salons + Readings

    Stick around after class for our nighttime salons, which feature author panels on a variety of literary topics. 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.

    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.

    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.


    Our Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers help defray the costs of a weeklong or weekend Master Workshop for writers with financial need. Applications closed on March 15.

    Festival Passes

    Gold Pass

    $1,505.00 / $1,655.00

    Silver Pass

    $1,345.00 / $1,495.00

    Weekend Gold Pass

    $1,150.00 / $1,300.00

    Bronze Pass

    $850.00 / $1,000.00

    Penny Pass

    $655.00 / $805.00

    Glitterati Pass

    $180.00 / $290.00

    Craft Seminar Five-Pack

    $285.00 / $345.00

    Business Passes

    Full-Access Business Pass

    $240.00 / $360.00

    Business Panel Pass

    $180.00 / $290.00