50th Annual Writers' Festival

We are very excited to celebrate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Writers' Festival! Join our distinguished guests, who are returning to the Festival, for one or more of our events. Please note that each of these events are free and open to the public, with no ticket required.

Click here to enjoy the digital version of the Writers' Festival Magazine. (hard copies available with any order from Charis' book booth!)

Click here to visit Charis' virtual book booth. 

We are pleased to announce the Writers' Festival 2021 Schedule of Events.  More to come!

50th Anniversary Schedule of Events  


Kick-off Conversation, 6:30-7:30 pm


Amira's Picture Day: Reem Faruqi '06 at Charis Books
3-4 pm

From the Archives:
Cristina Garcia at the 2013 Writers' Festival

4:30-5:30 pm

Agnes Scott Students' Reading
6:30-7:30 pm


From the Archives:
Rita Dove at the 1991 Writers' Festival
2-3 pm

From the Archives:
Melissa Fay Greene at the 1994 Writers' Festival
4-5 pm

Georgia Poetry Circuit and Kirk Series featuring poet Tiana Clark
6:30-7:30 pm


Writers' Festival Q&A
1-2 pm

Writers' Festival Panel Discussion
4-5 pm

Writers' Festival Keynote: Rita Dove
8-9 pm


From the Archives:
Meyme Curtis Tucker '59 at the 1993 Writers' Festival
2-3 pm

Reading by Jacqueline Goldfinger '00
5-6 pm

Georgia Premiere of Jacqueline Goldfinger's '00 play
The Arsonists
*available to stream April 9-11

All events are free and open to the public. 

Learn more at Calendar.AgnesScott.edu and https://www.charisbooksandmore.com/


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Welcome back to Pulitzer Prize winner Rita Dove,1992 Writers' Festival guest, and playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger '02, 2012 and 2018 Writers' Festival guest!

Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach, and talk with students, the Writers’ Festival began in the spring of 1972 with May Sarton as the headliner. A statewide writing contest for colleges and universities in poetry and fiction was the centerpiece of the event: the finalists’ works were published in the festival magazine, and the visiting writers selected the prizewinners in each genre. Readings and workshops with the visiting writers rounded out the program, which was open to the public as well as to the campus community.

Today, the festival maintains these founding traditions along with some new features: creative nonfiction and dramatic writing were added to the contest in the 1990s, an alumna writer is on the program almost every year, and one of the visiting writers gives a one-credit workshop for ASC student writers. 

From Eudora Welty, Reynolds Price, Richard Wilbur, and Margaret Atwood in the early days, to Rita Dove, Anita Desai, Terrance Hayes, Claudia Rankine, Cristina Garcia, Joy Harjo, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o in more recent times, the festival has brought great writers to the college to inspire and challenge our students and our audiences. A link on the left of this page will take you to a complete list of festival guests.