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

About Spring Writes


2023 Spring Writes May 5 to 14(mostly) and more through July!:

The 15th annual Spring Writes Literary Festival will feature over 100 regional and international writers, and over 40 literary themed events. 30 panels, readings and events take place in early May, with writing workshops continuing from late May though the summer.  All events are free!

The 2023 Schedule

will be on this page by April 1st.

Live & Zoom:

There is a mixture of live and zoom events.
No need to register for the live events!
Zoom events will require registration. 
We will be livestreaming some events, as indicated on the event page.
Many events will also be taped for future viewing, (also indicated).


Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is one of many programs of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, (CAP), now celebrating our 30th year! 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 2022!  "CAP" also runs the Greater Ithaca Art Trail, the Ithaca Artist Market, the CAP ArtSpace has six grant programs for local arts and opportunities,and provides professional development for artists through workshops and networking events!
Learn all about CAP's programs and services at


For questions, e-mail Robin Schwartz, Program and Grant Director of the Community Arts Partnership at programs@artspartner.org


(2021) This was my first year attending the Spring Writes Literary Festival events 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 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, Community Arts Partnership Grant and Program Director. Writers typically work in isolation, so the excitement generated by bringing this community together with each other and audiences is palpable.

NYSCA, and Poets & Writers

The Spring Writes Literary Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts . Poets and Writers, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. We have also received a Tompkins County Tourism Grant.

Support our sponsors! We couldn't do this without them!

Ithaca College, CFCU Community Credit Union, M&T Bank, the Marriott in Ithaca, Odyssey Bookstore, and Wegmans.