2015 Festival: April 23-26

Highlights from 2014:


- Literary Events – Full Schedule (click here)

- Writing Workshops Info & Registration (click here)


Festival Highlights:

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 celebration on the planet.

WordFest will showcase several poetry events from Teen Poetry Night (Friday at Chaparral Auditorium, 7pm, $10), “Ianna Re-Strung: Voices of Descent and Ascent” featuring a compilation of a dozen poets’ writings (Saturday at Ojai Library, 4pm, FREE), our annual Spoken Word Slam (Saturday at Bart’s Books, 7pm, $10), PoemFest at WordFest (Sunday at Chaparral Auditorium, 7pm, $10) to “Ars Poetica” featuring Ventura County’s first ever Poet Laureate, Mary Kay Rummel (Monday at Ojai Art Center, 7pm, $5 suggested donation).

WordFest celebrates words - from high caliber writing workshops with distinguished writing teachers of Memoir, Screenwriting, Social Media and Speculative Fiction to “SPA-Tacular Writing” Retreats to a robust variety of literary events including a workshop on Fairytales, a roundtable on Great Books & Great Literature, presentations on YA (Young Adult), Fiction, Memoir, Screenwriting, Writers Block and writing Self-Obits, Bucket Lists and Living Eulogies to Performances and Exhibits.

We’ve also scouted out uber-luxe hang-out/meet-up spots for writers throughout Ojai: BookEnds in Meiners Oaks, Ojai Retreat on a cliff with a 360 panoramic view, Bart’s Books in the heart of downtown - the largest independently-owned outdoor bookstore in the U.S.A. – to the posh 220-acre, 5-star Ojai Valley Inn & Spa resort.


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 events in and around Ojai Valley.

Our Mission

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 $199 for writing workshops. 


Thanks to Creative Spirit Institute for being our fiscal sponsor of 2014 Ojai WordFest



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