Works in progress. Writers in progress. Community in progress.

The annual Cleveland Drafts Literary Festival is a showcase of the writers, publishers, performers, organizations, and institutions that are shaping our unique and vibrant literary community.  We pair local business with local literary stars to engage in “creative place-making,” presenting audiences with a brand new lineup of local authors reading from “works in progress” across a new featured neighborhood. Festival goers will listen to performances by new, emerging and critically acclaimed writers.


Produced in partnership with local literary arts organizations, university programs, bookstores, small businesses, and reading series, Drafts aims to celebrate Northeast Ohio’s diverse culture and foster community across the region. In addition to our flagship literary festival, we host collaborative gatherings with our literary partners, and engage in outreach at area festivals and conferences.