Most Events are FREE!

2015 SCHEDULE (click here or view 4-page color 2015 program here)

Festival Highlights:

FOUR DAYS OF LITERARY EVENTS & WRITING WORKSHOPS. 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 2015 WordFest with Tequila Mockingbird – Happy Hour Cocktails with a Literary Twist (5-7pm at The Vine, No Host Bar) followed by author Charlene Spretnak with her 2014 release of The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art: Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present (7pm at Book Ends, FREE.)

SATURDAY – Enjoy talks lectures, events and seminars at locations scattered around the valley including Zhena Muzyka author of the 2014 release Life By The Cup speaking on “How to Get Published, My Story” (Noon at Azu, $25 includes brunch) and A Mystical Journaling Workshop with Tobi Redlich (2pm at Soul Centered, $25)

SUNDAY – Enjoy talks lectures, events and seminars at locations scattered around the valley. See Schedule for events.

MONDAY –  The perfect way to end the festival is writing and relaxing poolside during ‘Spa-tacular Writing’ Day Retreat at the world renown The Oaks Spa! It’s the highlight of WordFest and an annual tradition! Join us. (8am-7pm, includes 3 meals. $149) Evening closes with A Story of Becoming with local Ojai illustrator Belle duCray (7pm at Book Ends, FREE)

2015 SCHEDULE (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 $149 for a day at the spa – there’s something for every budget. 



Creative Spirit Institute, 2015 Fiscal Sponsor

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