2016 SCHEDULE (details to come)
WEEKEND OF LITERARY EVENTS & WRITING WORKSHOPS.
Since appearing as a mythical Shangri-La in Frank Capra’s 1937 classic Lost Horizon, Ojai has played paradise for generations of writers and word-lovers.
In April, the largest literary celebration on the planet takes place. Ojai takes part in “National Poetry Month” when word-lovers of all genres band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture at WordFest. At our lit event, we’ll celebrate poetry and much more. In 2016, WordFest is Friday thru Sunday April 29-May 1.
FRIDAY KICK OFF – For the general public, we kick off 2016 WordFest with Tequila Mockingbird – Happy Hour Cocktails with a Literary Twist (5-7pm at The Vine, No Host Bar) followed by an author reading (details to come. 7pm at Book Ends, FREE.)
For a select few (want to be one of them?), we get the par-tay started with a day writing retreat, we call ‘Spa-tacular Writing,’ at the Ojai Valley Inn Resort’s Moroccan-themed day spa. Surrounded by fragrant smells of rosemary and lavender, write in your robe at one of the resort’s seven pools. Ahhh – imagine the relaxation and inspiration already. It’s one of the highlights of WordFest and an annual tradition! Join us. (9:30am – 5:30pm, $249 for all genres, includes lunch and all-access pass to the $90 million renovated, Five Diamond resort. Spa treatments extra.)
SATURDAY – Enjoy talks lectures and events at locations scattered around the valley including the Ojai Public Library, Soul Centered, Book Ends, Barts Books, Center for Spiritual Living and The Krishnamurti Foundation. (See Schedule for events.)
SUNDAY – Enjoy talks lectures and events at locations scattered around the valley including the Ojai Public Library, Soul Centered, Book Ends, Barts Books, Center for Spiritual Living and The Krishnamurti Foundation. (See Schedule for events.)
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.
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!