About the Festival 


Read. Write. Repeat. 

The Emerging Writers Festival is dedicated to bringing new voices onto the page and into the world. It takes place over three days and multiple venues across Old Town Alexandria, VA, from August 16th - 18th, 2019. 

Our primary venue partner is The Atheneum, located at 201 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Writing classes and publishing intensives will also take place at ALX Community, Hotel Indigo, and Vikriya Lab, located at 106 N Lee St, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Traveling to Alexandria to attend the festival? We’ve reserved a block of rooms at our partner hotel, Hotel Indigo, and you can use this link to purchase from that block at our discounted rate!

Transportation + Parking: Please note that the closest metro stop to the festival is closed for the summer. There are reduced parking rates at the Courthouse Square Garage at 111 S. Pitt St or at Market Square Garage at 108 N. Fairfax St. Both garages have a flat rate of $1-$2 for the day.



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The Organizers

Ally Kirkpatrick - Festival Director

Festival Director Ally Kirkpatrick is a devoted reader of new writing and debut books. She is the founder and proprietor of Alexandria’s newest independent bookstore, Old Town Books. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @oldtownbooks.

Allison Punch - Events Manager

Allison Punch is a reader, writer and Michigander who works by day promoting effective philanthropy at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and by night producing literary and community events as the Events Manager at Old Town Books. She was awarded the Deacon Maccubin Young Writers Award at the OutWrite LGBTQ Literary Festival in 2016. You can follow all her reviews on #bookstagram at @allisonreadsdc.

Kim McCraw - Operations Assistant

Kim McCraw is the general manager of Old Town Books. She is also a Michigander (Go Blue!) When she's not reading, she's baking, running, listening to 90's punk rock, or trying to convince her dog to stop eating her pens. Follow her on Instagram @runoutofpages.

Matt Gilson - Communications Assistant

Matt Gilson is the resident history expert at Old Town Books. In his free time (when he's not reading), he enjoys watching jeopardy, playing guitar, and winning the Tuesday trivia contest at O'Connell's.