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The 14th Annual Spring Writes Literary Festival starts on May 5th!
Over 40 events. 100 Local Writers. Some on Zoom, Some Live. All Free!

It’s time once again for the Community Arts Partnership’s annual Spring Writes Literary Festival! 

Now in its 14th year, the Festival includes over 40 free events, both live in Ithaca, and on zoom, featuring 100 local and regional writers taking place from May 5th through June.  
There will be plenty of readings that include an open mic for poetry and prose, multiple thematic readings by established authors, performative readings, local teens sharing their stories of survival during a pandemic, a motherhood comedy showcase, afrofutiurist speculative poetry readings, among others.

There’s a zine celebration, “Inside Black Feminist Alchemy,” and panel discussions on the path to a first book,  overcoming your inner critic, finding inspiration, creating communities through art., and writing about mental illness.  

There will be performances that include staged play readings from local playwrights, the  Senior Theatre Troupe, a “Spin the Bottle On the Arts”  that pairs musicians with actors reading writer’s work, a reading of a film script about race in America, a Comics Drama Radio Hour, and a local literary All-Stars Wordle showdown.  |

Workshops include zine making,  writing speculative poetry, creating lyrics for musical theatre,  a playful approach to rewrites, and “writing from the body."

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