Celebrating Women Authors Since 1982

Answers to common questions about the Festival

What Covid protocols will be followed for the Festival?

The Festival of Authors will operate in accordance with the Control of Covid-19 health orders of the City of Long Beach Health Department. For the well-being of all attendees, proof of vaccination will be verified for admission to the Festival. In addition, all individuals will be required to wear masks when not actively eating or drinking. Updates may be provided closer to the event date.

How are the Festival authors selected?

Most members of Literary Women serve on the Author Committee. The Committee meets throughout the year to share and discuss books and authors being considered for the Festival. Keeping the Festival mission statement in mind, this committee strives to represent a variety of genres in their selection process.

What is the date of the next Festival?

The next Festival of Authors will be on February 11, 2023.

How can I receive an invitation to the Festival of Authors?

You may join our mailing list to receive the Festival information and registration notification via email. Just click on the How to Attend tab.

What is the cost of the Festival of Authors?

The cost of the Festival is $115.00 per person, which includes the four presentations in the ballroom, one presentation with a smaller audience and opportunities for authors’ autographs. Morning coffee and rolls, as well as lunch, are included.

Is there reserved seating at the Festival?

Seating at the Festival is open and available on a first come, first served basis. There are no reserved seats.

Is the Women’s Literary Festival for women only?

No. Although the authors at the Festival are women only, male attendees are welcome.

Where is the Festival held?

The Festival is held at The Long Beach Convention Center, 110 Pine Avenue.

Is there a charge for parking?

The parking fee is set by the Convention Center and is currently $15.00.

Will lunch be served at the Festival?

Yes, lunch will be served at the Festival as well as coffee and breakfast rolls before the event.

Do you have accommodations for special diets?

There is an option for a vegetarian meal when you register. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot accommodate additional special diet requests.

Will there be opportunities to purchase books?

Yes, our Festival bookseller, Creating Convesations, will have a selection of the authors’ books available for purchase the entire day.


In honor of our co-founder, Harriet Williams, Literary Women Committee created the Emerging Writer Program to focus on our mission to support and encourage new writers of talent and promise. We are proud of the outstanding young women who have participated over the years and invite you to view this years selection.

View this year’s writers ›
Harriet Williams