About WordFest

Ojai WordFest

Ojai has been attracting authors and writers to its mountain valley for centuries. Ojai WordFest (OWF) — a fresh, vibrant literary festival for word lovers of all genres, ages and skill level — aims to attract these lit lovers and ‘word nerds’ back to Ojai’s pink-moment Shangri La, or perhaps draw them here for the first time. 

Past participants have come from as far away as Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the East Coast proving what many locals already know—that Ojai has international appeal and is a writer’s dream destination.

Director – 6th Annual Ojai WordFest

    • Mary Sequoia Hamilton – (bio) Penguin Random House published Author, Co-Founder of Wordfest and owner 0Ojai Writers Workshops and Global Writing Adventures (Paris Writers Retreats & Mexico Cruise) “Ojai is a natural venue for an event such as Ojai WordFest. We are brimming with talent, tranquil beauty and inspiration. We’re thrilled by the outpouring of support from local businesses, community organizations, the City of Ojai, and the numerous volunteers who are dedicated to this literary festival.”

Staff & Volunteers of former WordFests (a-z):

  • Aaron Gardner – Teen Poetry Night
  • Akka b. – Literary Artists and Literature Ambassadors in Schools (LALAS)
  • Amanda Lezra – Assistant Director
  • Anna Karakalos –  Illustrator
  • Bret Bradigan – co-founder, OQ Party at Ojai Retreat
  • Doc & Zoe Murdock – Free Writing Workshops at Ojai Public Library
  • Georgia Menides – Annual Spoken Word Slam at Bart’s Books
  • Harmony Wade-Hak – Blogging
  • Joan Macbeth – Free Screenwriting Seminar at Ojai Public Library
  • Kelley – Literary Artists and Literature Ambassadors in Schools (LALAS)
  • Laura Menides – Annual Spoken Word Slam at Bart’s Books
  • Rev. Marilyn Miller of Creative Spirit Institute – Fiscal Sponsor and event host
  • Sequoia Hamilton – Director/producer
  • Suzanne Feldman – Teen Poetry Night
  • Tony Soans – Business Consulting
  • Yvonne Puth – Ojai Girl Friday, Accounting

WordFest Co-Founders: Bret Bradigan, Roberta Raye & Mary Sequoia Hamilton

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