Lit Fest 2019

    Join us for the 14th Annual Lit Fest, a two-week celebration of literature and writing!

    We're welcoming an all-new lineup of poets, novelists, memoirists, playwrights, and nonfiction writers to Denver for workshops, parties, seminars, salons, agent and editor consultations, and more, June 7-21. Choose workshops, seminars, and events á la carte or sign up for one of our festival passes for the full experience. Tickets and passes are on sale now. Scroll to the bottom for more information.

    Have questions? Visit our FAQ or email us at [email protected] or call us at 303.297.1185.                        

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    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 and Editor 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. Visiting agents and editors for Lit Fest 2019 include Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown, Ltd), Sarah Bowlin (Aevitas), Sonali Chanchani (Folio), Allison Devereux (Elyse Cheney), Melissa Flashman (Janklow & Nesbit), David Forrer (Inkwell), Jessica Friedman (Wylie Agency), Serene Hakim (Pande Literary), Stephanie Hansen (Metamorphosis), Eleanor Jackson (Dunow, Carlson & Lerner), and Monika Verma (Levine Greenberg). Lit Fest 2019 passholders have the option of a one-on-one meeting with an agent or editor.

    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 Master Workshop for writers with financial need. Applications closed on March 15.

    Advanced Workshops

    Lit Fest 2019 features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and young adult. Visiting authors for 2019 include: Steve Almond, Julie Buntin, Christopher Castellani, Alexander Chee, Sloane Crosley, Rachel Cusk, Melissa Febos, Ross Gay, Gabe Habash, Sheila Heti, Amitava Kumar, Helen Macdonald, Donald Margulies, Mary Ruefle, Erika L. Sánchez, and Curtis Sittenfeld. Participation is by application only. The priority deadline was March 15, 2019.

    Festival Passes

    Gold Pass

    $1,505.00 / $1,655.00

    Week One Silver Pass

    $1,345.00 / $1,445.00

    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

    Week Two Silver Pass

    $1,345.00 / $1,445.00

    Business Passes

    Full-Access Business Pass

    $240.00 / $360.00

    Business Panel Pass

    $180.00 / $290.00