Lit Fest

    June 7-21, 2019

    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—novelists, short-story writers, memoirists, poets, screenwriters, avid readers, and more. Choose classes and events à la carte or sign up for one of our festival passes for the full experience. Passes for 2019 will be available in early spring. 

    Applications for advanced workshops will open on January 2, and tickets and passes go on sale April 2, 2019Click here to browse the Lit Fest 2018 catalog.

    Visiting authors for 2019 include: Steve Almond, Julie Buntin, Christopher Castellani, Alexander Chee, Sloane Crosley, Melissa Febos, Ross Gay, Gabe Habash, Sheila Heti, Helen Macdonald, Mary Ruefle, Erika L. Sánchez, Curtis Sittenfeld.

    Visiting agents for 2019 will be announced at a later date. Past visiting agents have included Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown), Marya Spence (Janklow & Nesbit), Amelia Atlas (ICM), Jenny Bent (The Bent Agency), Michelle Brower (Aevitas Creative), Alexa Stark (Trident Media Group), Kristin Nelson (Nelson Literary), Margaret Riley King (WME), Duvall Osteen (Aragi), Sally Wofford-Girand (Union), and Shana Kelly (Einstein). Lit Fest passholders have the option of meeting one-on-one with an agent during Lit Fest.

    Have questions? Visit our Lit Fest FAQs and hotel recommendations, or give us a call at 303.297.1185.

    Advanced Workshops

    Lit Fest features advanced weeklong and weekend courses taught by visiting authors of the highest caliber. Participation is by application only, and classes are limited to 10 (prose) or 12 (poetry) students each. The deadline to apply for an advanced workshop is March 15, 2019.

    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.


    Our Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers help defray the costs of a weeklong or weekend advanced workshop for writers with financial need. Applications close on March 15, 2019.


    We have passes available for every type of festival goer, from the Glitterati Pass for evening events to full-access passes to seminars and panels. Passes for 2019 will be available in early spring.

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