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Spring Writes Literary Festival








Now accepting proposals for our 2018 Spring Writes Festival (May 3 - 6)
Proposals due February 15, 2018

(We haven't done an official proposal process in previous years, but now we have one!) 

On-line Event Proposal Form - click here
(Please read guidelines below before you begin) 

Spring Writes 2018 Proposal Guidelines
(Guidelines can also be downloaded as pdf here.)

Community Arts Partnership                                  Spring Writes Artistic Director
Robin Schwartz, Program Director                             Kathryn Henion                               

About Spring Writes Literary Festival

The Community Arts Partnership’s (CAP) Spring Writes Literary Festival takes place in downtown Ithaca annually during the first weekend in May and features over 30 literary themed events over four days. Events include panels and workshops geared towards emerging and established writers - and events such as readings, performances, and play readings that are also of interest to the general public.  Now in its 9th year, the Festival has evolved into an impressive array of events.  

CAP organized the first Spring Writes Festival in 2009 at the request of New York State Council on the Arts. Staff at NYSCA knew that there was a wealth of writers in our region, but no formal writing organization to apply to NYSCA for funding. The resulting festival retains its original mission to celebrate and showcase local (Finger Lakes Region) writers. 

This year local writer Kathryn Henion, is our artistic director.

2018 Dates

Deadline for event proposals                         Thursday, February 15, 5pm
Accept/Deny Communication                        Wednesday, March 1
Deadline for final blurbs, participants bios     Friday, March 14, 5pm
 Publicity                                                        April
Event                                                             Thursday, May 3 to Sunday, May 6

Details for Submitting an Event Proposal

  • Spring Writes 2018 seeks proposals from local (Finger Lakes region) writers for readings, panels, workshops, and/or demos about writing, the art, craft and/or profession of writing, or the business of publishing. In the past, we have also had theatre performances, music by MFA students, storytelling events, literary jeopardy, a murder mystery cocktail party, workshops on letterpress and book binding, spoken word and dance, and all sorts of wonderful fun events with a literary theme.  

  • Presentations are generally 1 to 1.5 hours in length. 

  • The Festival is focused on featuring local (Finger Lakes region) writers.

  • Please note that past participation is no guarantee of future participation. Spring Writes may not be able to accommodate all wonderful proposals due to; a) space and time limitations, and; b) the desire to present a diverse slate of offerings each year.

  • Each proposal must have an event organizer. The organizer will be the primary contact for the event and must be available in the month of March and April for e-mail exchanges.  After the Proposal acceptance, the event organizer will have a few weeks to confirm and deliver to Robin at CAP a photograph for, a final event title and description (up to 150 words that include participant names and web addresses, your participant’s two-sentence bios, participant e-mails).

Questions about event possibilities: Kathryn Henion.

The Community Arts Partnership fundraises each year for funds to award honorariums to participating artists. These honorariums are not guaranteed. 

Type Of Events:
PANEL: You can propose that you will organize and moderate a panel session on a particular subject of interest to writers or the general public. For the RFP, you can list people you would like to be on your panel. You will have a few weeks to nail that down once accepted. We believe that three to four people is a good number for a panel.  The Spring Writes program committee encourages proposals featuring writers who are diverse in their backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, ages, and in different stages of their careers. The ideal panel discussion will consist of participants who represent a broad range of perspectives and experiences.  

WORKSHOP: You can propose a workshop that you will organize and present.

READING: You can either organize and moderate a reading, or indicate that you would like to be part of a thematic or work-in-progress group reading.

OTHER: Music, theatre, dance - all is up for discussion if it has a literary theme.

See last year's program: click here (print in landscape format)
See images from the past few years: Community Arts Partnerships "Spring Writes" pinterest board. 

Thank you to our 2017 Spring Writes Literary Festival sponsor! 

This event is also supported by