If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, feel free to leave a comment below, or contact Timothy Green: tim at rattle dot com.

Is there lodging in Wrightwood if I want to spend the weekend?
Yes, Wrightwood is a ski resort town in the winter, so there are many lodging options, including private cabins, bed & breakfasts, and traditional motels. We recommended one of our primary sponsors, the newly opened Applewood Inn, but they are now booked for the weekend.

You can also call/email Arlene Cortez (760-792-8267, corte.arlene@gmail.com), who manages several cabin rentals, or check with the Wrightwood Lodging Association, the Canyon Creek Inn, the Rhinestone Rose, or search Air BnB.

What is the weather, typically, at the end of September—and how should I dress?
Days are sunny, with an average high around 65° F. Nights cool quickly, with the average low down to 44° F. Bring sunscreen and maybe a light jacket for the early evening. If participating in the hikes, particularly, be sure to wear sturdy shoes—but even if not, workshops are spread across the grounds and may require short walks over rocky dirt paths. Bring a walking stick if you like.

Are there any wild animals or poisonous plants to worry about? 
The San Gabriel Mountains are home to black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, but the chances of any large animals being on the camp property are low, and all of them fear humans. Rattlesnakes are also rare, though encountering one is more likely than the others mentioned. If walking through forest areas, be sure to watch your step, and don’t put your hands in any occluded holes. As for plants, poodle-dog bush should be avoided, as it’s a skin-irritant similar to poison oak, but none has been seen on the grounds.

Are there any wild animals or plants to enjoy? 
Of course! Nature is one of the things we’re here for. Trees on the camp grounds include ponderosa, jeffrey, sugar, and pinon pines; incense cedar; douglas and white firs; live oak; mountain mahogany; and California black oak. Many flowers might be blooming in late May: penstemon, fushia, western wallflower, mariposa lily, and lupine. Wrightwood is known for its many birds. Summer inhabitants include songbirds, such as the black-headed grosbeak, bullock’s oriole, western tanager and a variety of hummingbirds. Year round inhabitants include woodpeckers (e.g. red-shafted flicker, white-headed woodpecker, red-breasted sapsucker, acorn woodpecker, nuttall’s woodpecker and others), spotted and California towhee, oak titmouse, lesser goldfinch, western chickadee, western bluebird, house finch, stellar & scrub jays, mountain quail, sparrows and more. There are many raptors: red-tailed hawk, cooper’s hawk, merlin hawk, American kestrel, some owls, and an occasional golden eagle.

Is the camp wheelchair accessible?
The main buildings are wheelchair accessible, though the hike is not. Please let us know if you require special accommodations.

Are there restrooms on-site?
Yes, there are full toilets in the main building, and outhouses at other parts of the camp.

Is the Wrightwood Literary Festival an annual event?
Yes, indeed, this is the third annual festival,and we plan to do it every year.

Are snacks and beverages served other than lunch and water or iced tea?
The morning reception Saturday will include free coffee and tea, as well as light snacks for purchase. Sunday have free coffee and tea, light snacks, and pizza available. Beyond that, bring your own snacks—and be sure to bring the garbage home with you when you leave!

11 Responses to FAQ

  1. Joan

    When can I register for this fabulous festival? Just testing the system!!

  2. Framces Hines

    I don’t recall seeing the festival advertised in the Wrightwood newspapers. I know of several writers who live among our pines. How do they find you? On line only? Thank you

  3. Barbra Badger

    Is there any other way to pay? I don’t trust PayPal at all!! I can meet Ron or pay Mary on Sunday morning at Yoga.

    • Woody

      You can also register by mail—just send a check payable to “Rattle” to 12411 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604, and include your email address and let us know your lunch and workshop choices!

  4. Erin Fisher


    This looks like a truly inspiring day of learning and doing!
    Question: Can my friend bring her 10 month old baby to the event?

    Thanks for your time!

    • Erin Fisher

      Turns out my friend cannot attend however, I just registered myself. Looking forward to attending my first Literary Festival!

      • Woody

        Oh I didn’t see the follow-up! But if anyone else was wondering — there’s no problem bringing babies except that we won’t be equipped to take babies on the shuttle van from downtown Wrightwood, so you’d have to arrange for drop -off at the camp, or park on the side-streets and walk in.

  5. Carol Goss

    I would like to attend the Haiku Hike but cannot hike. I am 88 and am very interested in Haiku. Can my friend drive me to the top of the camp where the Haiku session will take place?

    • Woody

      I know you know Joan McCandless, so we can ask her. Most likely this will be the only part we can’t accommodate, because I believe they’re going to be stopping throughout the hike and not just at one location. But if you take my “Polishing for Publication” workshop, we can talk about haiku there, and the copy of Rattle we’re giving out is the spring issue featuring haiku, including a very informative interview on the subject, so those might make up for it.

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