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

About Spring Writes

13th Annual Literary Festival!

The Spring Writes Literary Festival, now in its 13th year, features over 100 regional writers, and 40 literary themed events. 30 panels, readings and events take place from May 5th through May 16th, with writing workshops continuing from late May though the summer.

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. 

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 2021!

A recent attendee wrote to CAP to say: 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 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, 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.

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 2021 Sponsors: Ithaca College, CFCU Credit Union, 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 of Tompkins County

The Community Arts Partnership 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 6 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