Literary Events

Literary Events

Winnsboro Center for the Arts hosts a variety of literary events  – our annual events include a Festival of Books and Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. Other events include author signings, poetry readings and guest speakers.

Third Annual Festival of Books

May 2, 2020

The book festival is a community-centered event that brings books and authors to the reading public.  Our event showcases books from many perspectives and offers authors critical opportunities to promote their books to a circle of readers most likely to engage with them.  Additionally, we have activities that spotlight the up and coming young readers as well as workshops designed to promote and engage beginning authors.

For more information visit

Activities include workshops on Memoir Writing with Paula Yost, Creative Writing with Mary Helen Specht, and Self Publishing with Jim Callan, as well as moderated discussion panels on traditional and self publishing, a performance by Alter Dance, and a Children’s Story Time.

Keynote address will be delivered by Arianne “Tex” Thompson. Described as “a ‘rural fantasy’ author, egregiously enthusiastic speaker, and professional ruckus-raiser,” Tex is an internationally-published author, an instructor for Writing Workshops Dallas, and a popular speaker at conferences, workshops and conventions around the country.

More than 30 authors will be on hand displaying their books for purchase. If you are an author interested in reserving a table, please register at Winnsboro.BookFestival.Network or stop in at the WCA and sign up.

This event is presented by the Winnsboro Center for the Arts, The Bowery Book Club and DEAR Texas.  


Second Annual Winnsboro Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

October 17, 2020

In 2019, the Winnsboro Cowboy Poetry Gathering joined the list of October events in Winnsboro. This inaugural gathering included a first class roster of cowboy poets and musicians from three different states including Laverne “Straw” Berry, Teresa Burleson, Don Cadden, Bob Campbell, Allan and ”Rodeo Kate” Chapman, Pipp Gillette, Kristyn Harris, Chris Isaacs, Linda Kirkpatrick, Gary Robertson, Haley Sandoz, Jay Snider, Doug Tolleson plus locals Joe Dan Boyd, “Doc” Davis and Conrad Wolfman. Kick off for the event was a Friday evening concert by Michael Martin Murphey on The Bowery Stage which sold out far in advance. Many of these poets will be returning for the 2020 Gathering, and Michael will be back for two concerts instead of one this year!”

For more information visit

Close Menu