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



2023 Spring Writes May 3 to 14
with more workshops: June through September

The 15th annual Spring Writes Literary Festival will feature over 100 local and regional writers, in over 40 literary themed events. 30 panels, readings, performances and happenings will take place from Wednesdy, May 3rd to Sunday, May 14th with writing workshops continuing from late May though September. Some events are Zoom but most are live in or around the downtown Ithaca Commons. 


Free and Open to the Public

Registration is required. You'll find links on the Event Page.


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 31st 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 over 40 in 2023. "CAP" also runs the
Greater Ithaca Art Trail, the CAP-a-Palooza Arts Sale, the Ithaca Artist Market, the CAP ArtSpace, workshops, and networking events.. CAP distributes over $500,000 annual through six grant programs for local arts and local artists.
Learn all about our programs and services at



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



(2022) 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, especially after these past few years.


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.