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About the Women's Literary Festival

Hilton Garden Inn
6878 Hollister Ave, Goleta


In 2005, a group of women readers from throughout Santa Barbara County came up with the idea of holding an annual literary festival to celebrate women authors and the diverse life experiences that have shaped their writing. Thus the Women's Literary Festival Santa Barbara was born, with our first festival held on March 4, 2006.

We firmly believe that the strength of language can stir the soul, increase awareness and understanding of social injustice, strengthen our bonds as community members through mutual respect, and offer solutions to the problems that often divide us. Through the power of literature, we often find the simple truths that help set us free from the notions of “us” and “them.” Each genre of literature contributes to this collective of the human spirit, this fabric that makes us more alike than different.


We are pleased to offer scholarships to those who need assistance in order to attend the Festival. Information regarding admission scholarships may be obtained by contacting Magda Torres at desertqueen83@yahoo.com . Admission scholarship funding comes from the WLF and from our generous Sponsors, to whom we offer our most sincere thanks.

There are a variety of levels of giving and any donation is gratefully accepted.
Mail to: Women's Literary Festival Santa Barbara, P.O. Box 296, Carpinteria, CA 93014.

To learn more about becoming a Sponsor of the WLF, please contact us at info@womensliteraryfestival.com.


We feel fortunate in having provided a memorable day each year for readers and writers to experience the unique viewpoints and subject matter offered by these, our outstanding past authors, from the years 2006 to 2017.

• View Past Participating Authors and Websites

Board Members:

  • Juliet Velarde Betita
  • Jaime Fior
  • Judy Guillermo-Newton
  • Sharon Hoshida
  • Elizabeth Martinez
  • Clara Oropeza
  • Brenda Bernu Reheem
  • Elizabeth Robinson
  • Lauren Trujillo
  • Molly Wetta

Click here to view our 2019 WLF Board Member Profiles
If you are an enthusiastic WLF attendee interested in volunteering your time, skills and energy to help take this festival forward, we would love to hear from you. Just click on the "Contact" tab and send us your contact information including your related interests, experience and skills.