Retreat to the Mountains

2019 Featured Writers

In addition to local artists, the 5th annual Wrightwood Literary Festival, September 28th and 29th, will feature workshops and readings by new guest faculty, including Antonia Crane, Kim Dower, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, and Pavana Reddy. This year’s festival will also feature an all-new nature walk, a new member of the local faculty in Melissa Chadburn, and a keynote address by Janet Fitch, author of the #1 national bestseller White Oleander, a novel translated into 24 languages, an Oprah Book Club book and the basis of a feature film; Paint It Black, also widely translated and made into a 2017 film; and an epic novel of the Russian Revolution, The Revolution of Marina M.

Unfortunately the 2019 festival workshops have SOLD OUT! You can still register to compete in the slam, or come to any of the public events Saturday night and Sunday morning.

About the Festival

The Wrightwood Literary Festival seeks to foster participation in the arts in and around Wrightwood, and to share the beauty of the San Gabriel Mountains with the broader arts community. Staffed by local artists and volunteers, we offer literary readings, workshops, and forums for all ages, set high among the big pines, providing inspiration and a day to create, tell our stories, and experience nature that will have a lasting impact year-round.

Our vision is a mountain full of art and artists.

The Wrightwood Literary Festival is presented by the Rattle magazine and the Rattle Foundation, a 501(c)3, working to promote the practice of poetry—with support from the Applewood Inn, Mountain Hardware, Bigfoot Bowls, Jensen’s Foods, Mile High Pizza, Whole Life Soaps, Wrightwood Friends of the Library, Wrightwood Blues Society, Mountaineer Progress, Keyboard Arts School of Music, Wrightwood Arts Center, Wrightwood Certified Farmer’s Market, Village Grind, Inlandia Institute, Love Roots Yoga Shala, Sheldon Entertainment, and Wrightwood Lodging.


One of sponsors, the recently opened and beautiful Applewood Inn, is our top recommendation, but the bed and make-your-own-breakfast inn always sells out fast—and it has already sold out!

For other options, you may call/email Arlene Cortez (760-792-8267,, who manages several cabin rentals, or check with the Wrightwood Lodging Association, the Canyon Creek Inn, the Rhinestone Rose, or search Air BnB.