Most events at the Get Lit! Festival are free and open to the public, though donations are gladly accepted and may be suggested at certain events. Please see our schedule for event details. The information below provides details for all events that require a ticket.

To purchase tickets for readings and Writing Workshops

Tickets are available through TicketsWest. They can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT. Tickets can also be purchased in person at all TicketsWest retail outlets.

Ticketed events include:

The 2019 schedule will be available by March 2019. See the 2018 ticketed events below:



Friday, April 27th
Poetry and Prose with Maggie Smith and Brit Bennett
The Bing Crosby Theater
7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:00 p.m.)
$10 plus fees

Join us for an event featuring poetry and prose from two highly sought-after authors. Brit Bennett, author of New York Times best-seller The Mothers, has been praised by Jacqueline Woodson and Angela Flournoy as “a brilliant and much-needed new voice in literature.” Maggie Smith, whose latest collection Good Bones includes Public Radio International’s “official poem of 2016,” has been named one of the five Best Poetry Collections of 2017. The writers’ books will be on sale at the event through Auntie’s Bookstore.

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. Her lectures are as unflinching and memorable as her writing and give audiences a window into her craft while exploring broader themes of race and systemic injustice.

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). Smith is also the author of three prizewinning chapbooks. Her poems appear in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, Tin House, The Believer, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Plume, AGNI, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. PRI (Public Radio International) called it “the official poem of 2016.”

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Saturday. April 28th
An Evening with Anne Lamott
The Bing Crosby Theater
7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:00 p.m.)
$30 plus fees

The most anticipated event at the Get Lit! Festival this year is an evening with best-selling author Anne Lamott. What makes Lamott’s writing so powerful is that her wisdom comes from her own human imperfection. Lamott will be giving a talk that will include a reading from her latest book, followed by audience Q&A. Lamott’s books will be on sale at the event through Auntie’s Bookstore.

Anne Lamott is the author of seven novels including, Hard Laughter, Rosie, Joe Jones, Blue Shoe, All New People, Crooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds. She has also written several bestselling books of nonfiction, including, Operating Instructions, an account of life as a single mother during her son’s first year followed by Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son, and a writing guide; Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. She has also authored three collections of autobiographical essays on faith; Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith, and Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith. In her book of non-fiction, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers, Ms. Lamott gives us three prayers to assist us in trying times. Her book Stitches; A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, is an honest, funny book about how to make sense of life’s chaos. In 2014 she wrote a book of essays called Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. Her newest book, Hallelujah Anyway; Rediscovering Mercy (April 2017) is about mercy. Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught at UC Davis, as well as at writing conferences across the country.  Academy Award –winning filmmaker Freida Mock has made a documentary on Lamott, entitled “Bird by Bird with Annie” (1999).  Anne Lamott has also been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Tickets will go on sale on February 25th, buy them here!


Writing Workshops

In 2018, Get Lit! will be offering writers in our community the opportunity to have their work read and workshopped by a published author, along with a group of their writing peers. This is a new and exciting event for ten writers each in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. The writers will receive feedback on their work, and have the opportunity to give feedback on their peers’ work too. If you’ve been looking for readers, insight into your writing, and exposure to a writing community, then this is for you!

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, March 23rd 2018
Cost per person per workshop: $20
There is no fee to submit.
Please include contact information (e-mail) with your submission.

Use this link to submit.

All three workshops will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane.

Fiction: Alexis Smith will lead the fiction workshop.
– Ten slots available for fiction
– Tuesday, April 24th, 5-7pm at Auntie’s Bookstore
– Submit no more than 1000 words (4 double-spaced pages) of your fiction. What you submit is what will be discussed in the workshop. You are welcome to submit short shorts, a short story, or an excerpt from a longer narrative so long as it doesn’t exceed 1000 words.

Poetry: Hanif Abdurraqib will lead the poetry workshop.
– Ten slots available for poetry
– Tuesday, April 24th, 7:30-9:30pm at Auntie’s Bookstore
– Please submit only one poem that runs no longer than 3 pages. The poem you submit is the poem that will be discussed in the workshop.

Non-Fiction: Leah Sottile will run the non-fiction workshop.
– There are ten slots available for non-fiction
– Tuesday, April 24th, 5-7pm at Auntie’s Bookstore
– Please submit no more than 1000 words (4 double-spaced pages). The work you submit is the work that will be discussed in the workshop. You are welcome to submit an excerpt from a longer narrative.

Once your work has been chosen for workshop, you’ll receive an email with a link to Tickets West where you will pay the $20 workshop fee and get your ticket.

You will also receive the manuscripts of your peers’ work in advance so that you have time to read them and provide constructive feedback prior to the in-person discussion. Please bring a copy of everyone’s work with you (with your notes) for discussion and to give to the writer at the end of the workshop.

Questions? Feel free to e-mail us at


Craft Classes

We have re-named our Saturday Writing Workshops; they will now be “Saturday Craft Classes”. We decided to update the name since the Saturday classes do not include traditional workshop-style feedback. The Craft Classes will be capped at 30 people and they will offer you opportunities to learn a craft element from your author, have some time for generative writing, and ask your author a few questions. The leaders for our Craft Classes this year will be: Brit Bennett, Chelsea Martin, Maggie Smith, and Josh McIvor-Andersen. More specific information on these classes and how to order tickets coming soon. Tickets will be $30 or $20 with student ID, and they will be available here at 11am on Friday, March 23rd.


Desire: A Craft Class with Brit Bennett

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Montvale Event Center, Classroom 2

Kurt Vonnegut famously said, “Every character should want something, even if it’s only a glass of water.” But many stories flag under characters whose desires are muddled or weak. In this class, we’ll discuss how desire drives story forward and discover how to create characters whose desires are convincing and compelling.


The Poetic Line: Making It & Breaking It with Maggie Smith

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Montvale Event Center, Classroom 3

In this craft class, we will focus on the poetic line and various kinds of line breaks, and we’ll explore how syntax, line, and stanza can work with—or against—one another in free verse. Our time together should aid not only in drafting new work but also in revising existing work, helping us to reread our drafts and to recognize our tics and preferences. In examining what we may “default” to in free verse—in particular, line length, stanza structures, and kinds of sentences—we can push ourselves to question and move beyond those choices. Participants should bring a poem they would like to attend to in these ways.


Creating Nuanced Characters in Nonfiction with Chelsea Martin

3 – 5 p.m.

Montvale Event Center, Classroom 3

In this craft class, we will discuss the difficulties and ethics of turning real people into characters for our stories. We’ll look at examples from other writers who are exceedingly good at writing about themselves and others with delicacy, humor, and insight. Through in-class exercises, students will get first-hand experience with different ways of approaching personal stories, and possibly even the start of a new essay.


Writing Place, Writing Wild: How to Interpret our Environs Nonfictionally with Josh MacIvor-Andersen

3 – 5 p.m.

Montvale Event Center, Classroom 2

Writing about nature (and our place in it) is fraught with pitfalls: cliche, myopia, a narrative lens too micro or macro. Let’s chat about how to get it right by looking at successes and failures, as well as our own attempts. Come ready to write!


Get Lit! Storytellers: A Musical Performance

Marshall McLean will be putting on a special, intimate performance of acoustic versions of his songs. Between each song, he will discuss his inspirations and give insight into his creative process.  More information to come. Tickets will be available through The Bartlett.


More to come soon!