2014 – A Festival of Words!
April 3-7: festival of words | April 5&6: writers workshops
Literary Events (TBA)
Writing Workshops (TBA)
Annual “Local Literary Legend” Award (TBA)
2014 Theme: Poetry – celebrating National Poetry Month and Ventura County’s inaugural Poet Laureate
April is “National Poetry Month” when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, word-lovers of all genres and poets throughout the United States band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture, making it the largest literary event on the planet.
April also marks Ventura County’s first ever Poet Laureate during National Poetry Month, Mary Kay Rummel. The tradition of the poet laureate reaches back to the ancient Greeks who crowned their most celebrated poets and athletes with laurel wreathes. Margaret Travers, Executive Director of the Ventura County Arts Council, says, “We’re very pleased to bring a laureateship to Ventura County…to promote community awareness of the literary arts ….The position of the poet laureate is largely voluntary. No tax dollars will be spent. All funding is generated through contributions and sales of the book Defying Gravity, which celebrates four wonderful writers in their 80s and 90s who would have been laureates had the program started earlier” – including Ojai’s very own treasure Polly Bee, age 87. Bee was declared a ‘Literary Treasure’ by the Ventura County Supervisors in April 2013.
Key Events by Day:
THURSDAY EVENING April 3: FESTIVAL KICK OFF (TBA)
FRIDAY April 4: TEEN POETRY NIGHT (TBA) & daytime lit events in Ojai Valley area schools
SATURDAY April 5: WRITING WORKSHOPS & WORD EVENTS (TBA) + our annual Late Night Spoken Word Slam at Bart’s Books
SUNDAY April 6: ‘LOCAL LITERARY LEGEND’ EVENT & WRITING WORKSHOPS (TBA)
MONDAY April 7: 4/8: SPA-TACULAR DAY OF WRITING (day of writing and relaxing at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa – advance reservations required) + FESTIVAL FINALE – an EVENING of LITERARY ARTS of OJAI - showcasing wealth of literary talent in Ojai area
Ojai WordFest is a festival of words, ideas and stories unfolding in one of the most beautiful settings in California: the majestic Ojai Valley. The literary nexus encourages readers and writers of all genres, skill level, and ages to partake in an extravaganza of individually-hosted events in and around Ojai Valley.
To introduce Ojai to the world as a literary destination; To nurture aspiring writers as well as inspire seasoned authors to further develop their craft; and To celebrate the wealth of literary talent in the Ojai area.
Who Should Attend?
Anyone who loves reading and/or writing—or anything with words!
What Are the Costs?
Prices vary – Events range from FREE readings & performances to $299 for professional writing seminars.
Thanks to Creative Spirit Institute for being our fiscal sponsor of 2014 Ojai WordFest