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Creative Writing Festival

Department of Literature and Language


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a fee to attend the festival?

A: No, all events are free and open to the public.

Q: Is registration required?

A: No, but we would like for everyone who attends to sign in, so we can track attendance. Also, please leave your email address, so we can send you information about upcoming events, such as dates for our Fall Residency visitor.

Q: Is this event child friendly?

A: Creative writers address a wide range of topics, and this festival should appeal to older adolescents as well as the audience expected of a university event. 

Q: How do I handle parking?

A: For your convenience, you can request a parking permit online at the following URL: Otherwise, you can go to ETSU’s parking services office at 132 Stout Drive, Johnson City, TN 37614. The office’s phone number is (423) 439-5650. 

Q: Will the visiting authors have books for sale?

A: Yes, the ETSU Bookstore will offer titles from all our guest writers. Book-signing opportunities will be available with all featured writers. 

Q: Can local authors or booksellers offer their books for sale?

A: No, books will only be available from ETSU Bookstore. 

Q: Will an open mic event be part of the festival?

A: We do not have an open mic event scheduled. 

Q: Will refreshments be provided?

A: Yes, light refreshments will be offered, though a lunch break is scheduled into both days of the festival, so that attendees can get a more substantial meal elsewhere. Both the ETSU Campus and the area close to ETSU offer a range of dining opportunities to appeal to various tastes and budgets. 

Other considerations:

We ask that cellphones are silenced for the events, and that if you need to leave during a performance or presentation, please do so as quietly as possible. We realize that many students will be attending the festival between classes, and we encourage participation in the festival, even if it is only for part a session. Teachers are invited to bring their classes. Since some of our events take place in the Reese Museum, we ask that our guest be respectful of the installations.

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