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Writers, readers, and book-lovers will all be busy April 28 through May 1, as the Community Arts Partnership presents the seventh annual 2016 Spring Writes Literary Festival. Partially supported with grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Tompkins County Tourism Program, the four day festival features more than 30 literary themed events, all happening in downtown Ithaca.

Visit SpringWrites.org for the full schedule of events. All events are free and open to the public.

The Festival, now in its seventh year, has succeeded in shining a light on the abundance of local literary talent.

Robin Schwartz, Program Director of the Community Arts Partnership says “Ithaca has long been flush with writers of all sorts – and not just the ones that are occasionally reviewed in the New York Times. There are hundreds and hundreds of writers of all stripes – poets, musicians, novelists, playwrights, journalists and more. A regional Literary Festival is an important way to get attention on the abundance of literary artists in a consolidated (and awesome) way. Writing can be a solitary pursuit and it’s great to give local writers a chance to get out and show off what they’ve been up to!”

The schedule is quite diverse.  From workshops to panel discussions to readings and performances, there’s something for just about anyone who loves to read and write. Our goal is that all literature lovers help spread the word about this event far and wide!

The weekend begins with a “pre-event” on Thursday, April 28 when Lot 10 Lounge hosts “Trampoline: A Night of Competitive Storytelling” with the theme “Pride.”

Friday’s kick-off event is “Literary Jeopardy”, also at Lot 10. Host Bob Proehl will welcome four teams of contestants that include Buffalo Street Books staff, Ithaca College Creative Writing Professors, and two teams of authors about town!

There will be workshops and panels on great subjects like Writing Stand-Up Comedy, Exploring Graphic Novels, Intro to Bookbinding, Writing Speculative Fiction, The Many Paths to Publishing, Developing Characters in Fiction, and Publishing Genre Fiction.

Sixteen readings will feature over 60 local writers and includes a Latin@ Poetry Event, and subjects like gender, sexuality, race, and play (to coincide with a History Center exhibit of the same name).

Other events include a film screening, a discussion of women in film, “Story Hour for Grown-Ups”, and the Senior Theatre Troupe of Lifelong.

“The line up is extremely diverse, often fun, and always informative”says Robin. All events take place in downtown Ithaca at either Buffalo Street Books, Bar Argos, The Community School of Music and Arts, Lot 10 Lounge, Cinemapolis, the Tompkins County Public Library, the Community Arts Partnership ArtSpace, the History Center, and the Sacred Root Kava Bar.

Spring Writes is a program of the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, founded in 1990 to serve as the arts council of Tompkins County, providing technical assistance, grant opportunities, and professional services and information to artists and arts organizations, as well as public programs that celebrate and support the arts community in the county. CAP has helped to distribute more than $3 million to artists and arts organizations in the community.

For more information on the Community Arts Partnership and its programs and services, visit www.artspartner.org or e-mail Program Director, Robin Schwartz at programs@artspartner.org

VISIT SPRINGWRITES.ORG for descriptions and times.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28

7:00-9:00         Trampoline Presents: Storytelling Competition

FRIDAY, APRIL 29

4:00-5:00         Discussion: Leda Meredith

4:00-5:30         Reading &Workshop: Speculative Fiction

4:00-5:30         Panel: MFA Discussion

4:00-5:30         Poetry Open Mic

6:00-8:00         Literary Jeopardy

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

10:00-11:00     Film/Discussion: Beyond the Bechdel Test

10:00-12:00     Workshop: artReaction

10:30-12:30     Workshop: Comedy Writing

11:00-12:00     Reading: Guruianu and DiRenzo

11:30-12:30     Film: Yahweh’s Sea Glass

11:30-12:30     Senior Theatre Troupe

12:30-2:00       Reading: Saltonstall Foundation

1:00-3:00         Workshop: Intro to Bookbinding (Pre-Registration)

1:30-3:00         Play Readings: Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Company

1:30-3:15         Panel: Paths to Publishing

2:30-3:30         Reading: Proehl and Fowler

4:00-5:30         Reading: Jewish Noir

4:45-5:45         Reading/Performance: Naomi Edmark

5:00-6:30         Readings: CULTURA Latin@ Poetry event

6:00-8:00         Open Mic Comedy Night

SUNDAY, MAY 1

10:45-12:45     Workshop: Graphic Novel –

11:00-12:30     Panel: Genre Publishing

11:00-1:00       Workshop: Digital Entrepreneurial

11:30-12:30     Reading/Performance: Yvonne Fisher

1:00-2:00         Readings: Gender/Sexuality

1:00-2:00         Reading: Hopper and Wilcox

1:00-2:30         Panel: Developing Characters in Fiction

1:30-3:30         Readings: Works in Progress

3:00-4:00         Reading: Raza Rumi

3:30-5:00         Readings: Play Time

3:30-5:15         Readings: Stone Canoe and Ithaca Lit

4:00-6:00         Readings: Writers Cafe

5:30-6:30         Story Time for Grown Ups

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