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Get Lit! Festival
April 12-18, 2021

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Get Lit! Programs is a non-profit literary arts organization housed within Eastern Washington University. Our program is responsible for Get Lit! Festival, Washington State's longest-running annual literary festival, which has grown over the last 23 years from a single day of readings to a week-long day celebration of literature, including readings, writing workshops, craft classes, poetry slams, panel discussions, literary happy hours, and more — all free or at low-cost. Each year brings a diverse lineup of highly sought-after authors to our region, while also highlighting our local literary talent. In addition to the festival, Get Lit! also runs literary programs, like Writers in Residence, which places published authors in local schools to teach 10-week creative writing courses to students who may not normally have access to a creative writing curriculum. It is our mission, both in our festival programming and our educational outreach, is to celebrate the arts, amplify diverse voices, and empower creativity.

While we will not be celebrating in person in 2021 due to COVID-19, our exciting virtual festival features headlining authors Jess Walter, Esi Edugyan, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and many others! Click the button below or visit our festival information page to find out how to attend!

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Get Lit! is a non-profit organization and relies on grants, community partners, sponsors, donations, ticket and merchandise sales, as well as other fundraising efforts in order to run our annual festival and educational outreach programs. We also rely on interns and volunteers from the community. If you would like to help support our program, please donate online today. To learn how to sponsor an event or festival author, and/or get involved as a volunteer, email us at