Festival Highlights:

FOUR DAYS OF LITERARY EVENTS & A WEEKEND WRITERSFEST. 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. We’ll celebrate poetry and much, much more! In 2015, WordFest is Friday thru Monday April 24-27.

FRIDAY NIGHT KICK OFF – We kick off WordFest with Teen & Adult Writers performing their own work (Details to come)

SAT & SUN choose from: Weekend WRITERSFEST –  Two days immersed in high caliber writing, led by distinguished writing teachers. Choose from one of two tracks of study: Screenwriting with legends Dr. Viki King (Write A Film in 21 Days) and WGA and Emmy award-winning screenwriter Ken Rotcop OR Exploring Your Story Through Mythic Writing (for Novelists, Memoirists, Playwrights, Poets and writers of all genres) with Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Dr. Dennis Slattery.

  • Includes Saturday luncheon with featured guest author Zhena Muzyka of Life By The Cup on “How to Get Published, My Story” and Sunday luncheon with guest writing teacher guru and former head of four Hollywood studios Ken Rotcop on “Ideas-to-Film: How To Pitch Your Story to Hollywood Before Your Book Is Even Published or Finished.” 
  • Limited Seating to keep event intimate. Saturday & Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm. Investment in your craft: $497FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.

or A WEEKEND of LITERARY EVENTS – We’ll offer over a dozen FREE lectures, exhibits, events and seminars at The Ojai Public Library + at locations scattered around the valley. Saturday evening we’ll showcase our annual Spoken Word Slam at Bart’s Books (8pm, FREE).

MONDAY – SPA WRITING DAY – The perfect way to end our festival: relaxing poolside, writing in a spa robe at a world-class resort! It’s the highlight of WordFest and an annual tradition! Join us. (Details to come!)

LIT LOUNGES during all 4 Days of WORDFEST! We’ve 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.



- Literary Events (click here)

- Writers Weekend (click here)



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?

Ranging from FREE to several hundred dollar fee-based events, there’s something for every budget. 



Creative Spirit Institute, 2015 Fiscal Sponsor

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