Readerfest brings you the synergy of quality authors, editors, agents, vendors, artists, game writers, musicians and other presenters , PLUS we have a casual, festival environment. We are community-driven and community-supported, staffed entirely by volunteers.

At Readerfest, all are welcome.

“From the choice of speakers to the panel topics, it’s clear that Readerfest is actively working to amplify #OwnVoices and go beyond the usual “here are a bunch of panels about X, and here’s one panel called women in X and another one called diversity in X″ approach.” At Readerfest, inclusivity wasn’t pushed into one panel. It was a central part of the convention.”

Martin McClellan, Co-founder of The Seattle Review of Books.

Readerfest is a welcoming space where no racism, bigotry, or hate speech will be tolerated.  We observe a ‘Six Second Rule’ — those who are more privileged wait 6 seconds before speaking so that marginalized voices may be centered.

  • GAMES ROOM — Meet and mingle with pros in game design and writing, plus artists working in the industry. Open and scheduled games!
  • Attend conversations and presentations with many of our favorites, and meet new writers you will love!
  • Dealer’s room to buy cool stuff!
  • ART — Meet working artists who create the art for books, games, comics and more!
  • Music!


  • Writers’ Workshop

    You’ll learn from Guest of Honor author/screenwriter Steven Barnes and Tor editor Beth Meacham, poet Celeste Adame, and others TBA

    • Registration required
    • $25 donation includes a meeting with a pro mentor
    • Scholarships Available – please email realreaderfest @ gmail.com

Please register even if you’re not attending paid events. It helps us plan for our attendees.

For more information, please email realreaderfest@gmail.com

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