Stay tuned for details on the 2021 Festival! The dates are October 2 – 3, 2021. Location TBD. But mark your calendars! 

It’s been a long, strange year of zoom events, social distance, and uncertainty. Through it all, StoryStudio continued bringing writers together, even when we had to stay apart. But the world is opening up again, and 2021 is all about reconnecting, to your community, to your writing, to yourself.

Curated by Artistic Director Rebecca Makkai, the two day Festival will offer classes, panels, and conversations to help writers explore and develop their work. Writers will be placed in a cohort (Fiction, Creative NonFiction, or Open Genre) for an intensive study on their chosen work. For those ready for feedback, the Festival offers one-on-one Manuscript Reviews from award-winning authors.

We’ll round it all out with daily write-in’s, roundtable lunch conversations, and a Saturday after-party.



T Kira Mahealani Madden is a Chinese, Kānaka Maoli writer, photographer, and amateur magician. A recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Hedgebrook, Tin House, MacDowell, and Yaddo—where she was awarded the Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award—she serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. She is the author of the 2019 New York Times Editors’ Choice memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, which is now being developed as a feature film. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award John Leonard Prize, and the winner of the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz LAMBDA Literary Award, she has facilitated writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals, and will join the Department of English at College of Charleston in Fall 2021.

2021 Ticket Details

Registration will open July 2021.

Purchase Tickets Here (Pricing Details Below)


Full schedule, session descriptions, bios, and more.


Festival Pricing

Festival Pass – $TBD

Full access to all Festival class sessions
Saturday & Sunday Lunch Roundtables
Slack channel to connect with fellow Fest writers
Daily write-ins
Saturday Trivia & Cocktails


StoryStudio Writers Festival is an ideal venue for honing your craft of writing by learning from writers who have achieved a level of success. It is a well-orchestrated compilation of professionals, educators, and peers who share new and proven insights and provide case studies on the best ways to move your work forward.


Kudos to StoryStudio for creating a casual yet extremely informative event where all kinds of writers can hang out together while learning how to improve our craft and better manage the affliction of being a writer!

Loved every bit

This year’s StoryStudio Writers Festival was worth every minute and every penny. The sessions offered were useful for writers at any stage in their career–from beginning to advanced. I am definitely going next year! 

See photos from our 2019 Festival below…