Spring Writes is an annual program of Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

About Spring Writes


12th Annual Literary Festival!

The Spring Writes Literary Festival, now in its twelfth year, features over 80 regional writers, and 23 literary themed events and performances - all taking place virtually from November 18th through the 29th.

All events are free, with zoom registrations required.  

The Festival’s line-up was juried from an open call for proposals, and curated by this year’s Artistic Director Jennifer Tennant. There is truly something for everyone! There are numerous readings of all genres, panel discussions, impactful performances, and an open mic. To see the full lineup of participating local writers and events, visit www.SpringWrites.org.  

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County (CAP). The Festival got its start in 2009 from a desire to shine a light on the abundance of literary talent across the Finger Lakes Region, and bring writers and audiences together.  Since then, it has grown from 14 events that first year, to 43 in 2019. This year's festival was originally scheduled to take place in May at ten downtown Ithaca locations, and was postponed due to the pandemic. CAP is very pleased to be able to preserve 30 events from the original line-up, now all virtual. (In addition to the 23 events during in November, 7 writing workshops will be held from December through April.)

A 2019 attendee wrote to CAP to say: “This was my first year attending the Spring Writes Literary Festival and I was completely unprepared for how powerful an experience it would be. We are so fortunate that we have such amazing artists in our community that so generously share their stories and their expertise!

The impact on our writing community is also strong. “There is a groundswell of writers who want to participate, to help plan and organize events, and to get even more writers on board” says Robin Schwartz, CAP Program Director. “Writers typically work in isolation, so the excitement generated by bringing this community together with each other and audiences is palpable.”

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is supported with grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and Poets & Writers.  We thank our 2020 Sponsors: Ithaca College, M&T Bank, the Marriott in Ithaca, Odyssey Bookstore, and Wegmans.


All events are free and open

Just Register on the Schedule page!  Please share this site with your literary loving friends


Spring Writes is a program of the Community Arts Partnership

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 and to introduce them to new audiences. "CAP" also runs the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, the Ithaca Artist Market, has 5 grant programs for arts programming, and provides professional development for artists through workshops and networking events! Learn all about CAP's programs and services at www.artspartner.org 


Thank you to our generous 2020 Sponsors!