Lit Fest 2020

    The 15th annual Lit Fest is moving to the fourth dimension: virtuality.

    Our 15th annual Lit Fest welcomes a world-class lineup of poets, novelists, memoirists, TV/playwrights, and nonfiction writers to teach workshops and seminars in virtual format. We’re still hosting readings, agent consultations, digital porch parties, and more, but instead of a two-week celebration, we’re expanding virtual Lit Fest to a full month in June. Choose workshops, seminars, and events á la carte or sign up for one of our festival passes for the full experience. If you missed the advanced workshop deadlines, there's still time to take seminars or attend free readings with Hanif Abdurraqib, Steve Almond, Jami Attenberg, Robin Black, Emily Rapp Black, Sarah Broom, Andre Dubus III, Melissa Febos, Garth Greenwell, Sheila Heti, Jane Hirshfield, Lacy JohnsonPeter Orner, Peter Parnell, Ariana Reines, Akhil Sharma, Danez Smith, Francesca Sloane, Justin Torres, Thomas Chatterton Williams, and many more. 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.

    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.

    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 2020 include Noah Ballard (Curtis Brown, Ltd), Sarah Bowlin (Aevitas), Stephany Evans (Pande Literary), David Forrer (Inkwell), Alia Hanna Habib (The Gernert Company), Sandy Lu (L. Perkins Agency), Kate McKean (Howard Morhaim Literary Agency), Dana Murphy (The Book Group), Eric Smith (P.S. Literary), Anna Sproul-Latimer (Neon Literary), Monika Woods (Triangle House), Andrianna Yeatts (ICM), and editors Jean Garnett (Little, Brown, & Co.) and Michelle Dotter (Dzanc Books). Lit Fest 2020 passholders have the option of a one-on-one meeting with an agent or editor.

    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.

    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.


    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 2020 features weeklong and weekend advanced workshops in novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid genres, and dramatic writing. Visiting authors for 2020 include: Hanif Abdurraqib, Steve Almond, Jami Attenberg, Emily Rapp Black, Robin Black, Sarah M. Broom, Andre Dubus III, Melissa Febos, Garth Greenwell, Jane Hirshfield, Lacy M. Johnson, Kenneth Lin, Peter Orner, Ariana Reines, Akhil Sharma, Francesca Sloane, Danez Smith, Justin Torres, and Thomas Chatterton Williams. Participation is by application only. The priority deadline was March 15, 2020 and all of the spots were offered to selected writers, but we are currently taking applications for the recently added authors and waitlist. Waitlisters will be tapped if/when openings occur. 

    Festival Passes

    Gold Pass

    $1,310.00 / $1,410.00

    Silver Pass

    $1,200.00 / $1,300.00

    Weekend Gold Pass

    $1,020.00 / $1,120.00

    Bronze Pass

    $720.00 / $820.00

    Penny Pass

    $440.00 / $540.00

    Craft Seminar Five-Pack

    $285.00 / $345.00

    Business Passes

    Full-Access Business Pass

    $240.00 / $360.00

    Business Panel Five Pack

    $90.00 / $140.00

    Coming from Melbourne to LitFest was exactly the crazy thing I needed to do. The experience reignited my belief in myself and my art. I felt excited, validated, and inspired, and met so many talented and generous people. I returned to my life and wrote my novel, "The Performance," which is coming out with Riverhead—and other publishers around the world—in early 2021. Thank you LitFest and wonderful Denver!
    Claire Thomas, Lit Fest 2018 and 2019 participant