Spring Writing and Literary Festivals

Weíre in the home stretch of winter, which means soon the birds will be chirping, flowers will be sprouting, and festival season will be upon us. Spring is peak season for literary and writing events, and thereís no better way to celebrate winterís end than with a good book festival. If youíre itching to hit the road and spend a day (or weekend) immersed in all things literary, weíve got your covered. Below, find our picks for the best writing and book festivals taking place this spring. As a writer, youíll find these events are the perfect opportunity to gather inspiration for your own work and surround yourself with like-minded literature aficionados.

1.†Tucson Festival of Books

Tucson(Photo: Courtesy Flickr user Bo Mackison)

Tucson, Arizona,

March 15-16, 2014

Description: This free festival held at the University of Arizona offers up a fabulous selection of author events and workshops.Session topics include: ìHow to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Timesî and ìWhatís Next? Your Book a Year After itís Published.î For a full list of events and authors, click here.

2.†Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia(Photo: Courtesy Flickr user phelund33)

Charlottesville, Virginia

March 19-23, 2014

Description: The mission of the Virginia Festival of the Book is to bring together writers and readers and to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to a StoryFest day of children’s authors and storybook characters; from a panel on how to publish a novel to a discussion on running a book club; from a workshop on book-binding to a discussion on freelancer’s rights. All programs are open to the public; with the exception of a few ticketed events, programs are free of charge.

3.†Split This Rock Poetry Festival

Washington(Photo courtesy Flickr user yeahbouyee)

Washington, D.C.

March 27-30, 2014

Description:† Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation

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