EWU Get Lit!

Greater Spokane is filled with stories worth telling. The region revels in the literary. Five universities, half a dozen well known authors, independent bookstores and an entire festival built around the idea of celebrating the written word engage visitors to the region.

Get Lit! is the brainchild of Eastern Washington University and plays host, annually, to big names in the writing world. When the festival isn’t in full swing, the program is continually finding ways to pursue programs that embrace poetry, fiction and nonfiction. For the aspiring writer, it’s a chance to engage the mind with workshops and learning opportunities. It’s a testament to the people of Spokane: the programs wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for donations.


2018 Get Lit! Festival

April 23-29

Every year Get Lit hosts three days of readings, book signings, writing workshops, poetry slams and more. It’s paradise on earth for literature lovers, writers and poets. 2018’s festival includes some great highlights you’ll want to check out.

Visiting Authors

Anne Lamott

Acclaimed writer, Anne Lamott, has written seven novels as well several bestselling nonfiction books. Her newest book, Hallelujah Anyway; Rediscovering Mercy was released in 2017. She is also the author of New York Times bestsellers Help, Thanks, Wow, Small Victories and Grace (Eventually).


Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages.


Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett is the debut author of the dazzling coming of age novel The Mothers. Already a much buzzed about social commentator, well-known for her powerful personal essays, Bennett’s debut quickly cemented her as one of today’s most exciting new voices in literary fiction.

Local Authors

Jess Walter

Jess Walter is the author of eight books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins. He has been a finalist for the National Book Award, won the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and three times has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories. He lives, proudly, in Spokane.

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel Daredevils was published in 2016 with Penguin Press. His short-story collection Godforsaken Idaho was named the winner of the PEN/American Robert W. Bingham Prize, which honors a debut book that “represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” Vestal is also a columnist for the Spokesman-Review.

Stephanie Oakes

Stephanie Oakes lives in Spokane, Washington. She holds an MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University. Her debut novel, The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, was a Morris Award finalist, a Golden Kite Honor book, ad a New York Public Library Best Book for Teens. Her most recent novel, The Arsonist, was published in 2017.


Writing workshops are an integral part of Get Lit! Every year, the festival comes up with new and innovative way for aspiring writers to collaborate on their work and get feedback from professional writers in the process.

The 2018 festival features three workshops with different authors at Auntie’s Bookstore. Each event will give writers the opportunity to get feedback on their work from both their peers and the workshop leader in an intimate setting.

EWU Writers’ Center Presents: Everyone is a Writer is the main workshop event for 2018. A panel of published authors will discuss the writing process before sitting down in small breakout groups for hands on feedback. The event is open to all writing levels.


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