Agnes Scott College Hosts Georgia’s Longest-Running Literary Event

Building on a long tradition of inviting distinguished writers to campus to read their works, teach and talk with students, the Agnes Scott College Annual Writers' Festival began in the spring of 1972, with May Sarton as the headliner. This year, the 52nd Annual Writers’ Festival will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 30-31, 2023.

For more than five decades, Agnes Scott has hosted distinguished writers – like Eudora Welty and Margaret Atwood – on campus for a series of readings and workshops. Planned and produced entirely by Agnes Scott students, this year’s festival will feature writers Elizabeth Acevedo, Caryl Phillips and Samantha Jayne Allen.

The event’s centerpiece is a competition in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and playwriting, and is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at a college or university in the state of Georgia. The winning works are selected by visiting writers and published in the festival magazine.

For 52 years, the festival has brought renowned writers to the college to inspire and challenge students and audiences alike. Visit the festival blog for more information about this historic event.