The Inkubator is Literary Cleveland’s free annual festival for writers and readers. Generate new writing, improve your craft, and advance your career.




Literary Cleveland's Inkubator Writing Conference is one of the largest free writing conferences in the country, providing workshops, craft talks, panel discussions, readings, and more to empower writers, celebrate literary excellence, and amplify diverse voices. Past speakers include Hanif Abdurraqib, Elizabeth Acevedo, Jericho Brown, Wesley Lowery, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Claudia Rankine, Connie Schultz, Clint Smith and more. 

Altogether, the conference is a public celebration of writing in Cleveland that advances writers’ individual abilities, furthers artistic dialogue, fosters a more connected literary community, and invites more people to tell their stories.

2024 Conference

The 10th annual Inkubator Writing Conference will take place September 20-21, 2024 at the Cleveland Public Library. More details about the in-person festival, virtual panels, and community projects will be released in June.


Interested in sponsoring the largest free writing conference in the country and reaching an audience of thousands? Check out our sponsorship levels and get in touch!

Proposals and Fellowships

Want to be part of the conference? Literary Cleveland is accepting conference proposals, community project proposals, and fellowship applications for the 2024 Inkubator now through April 8. Payments range from $150 for the conference to $500 for community projects to $2,000 for the 5-month fellowship. Proposals and applications are free, and all are due by Monday, April 8 at 11:59pm ET. Email with questions.

Past Conferences

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