Get Lit!, Spokane’s springtime literary festival (April 22-28), will feature events focusing on outdoor or environmental writing this year. Like to sink into a good book after a long day on the trail? The Out There Outdoors April Backcountry Booty contest will feature a grab bag of bookish delights from Get Lit!, including books from festival outdoor/environmental writers and other outdoor swag. Check OTO and Get Lit’s Facebook page for details.

In partnership with Out There Outdoors and The Spokesman Review, Get Lit! will also hold an April outdoor/environmental prose writing contest. Each publication will select and publish a winning piece. Entries should be exceptional nonfiction up to 750 words with an outdoor or environmental theme. Submission is free and open to all. Contest details coming soon on Getlit.submittable.com. Entries due May 15.

The Get Lit! Craft Class “The Outdoor Writer’s Tool Kit” will be held Saturday, April 27 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. The Craft Class cost is $30 or $20 with student ID. Eli Francovich of The Spokesman Review and Summer Hess of Out There Outdoors will introduce essential tools and techniques for the nonfiction outdoor/environmental writer, including selecting topics, adding color and life through details, pitching ideas, conducting interviews, and structuring articles. Hess and Francovich will also judge the writing contest. (Entrants, consider enrolling in the workshop!) Tickets will be available in March via Tickets West. Check Getlitfestival.org for information.

Get Lit! festival readings on Tuesday, April 23 will feature writers whose work touches on environmental or outdoor themes, including Melissa Kwasny, Joe Wilkins, Jennifer Boyden, Paul Lindholdt, Summer Hess, and Keetje Kuipers. Details and a full schedule will be online soon. //