A vibrant and welcoming atmosphere is created when more than 30 writers of diverse genres, agents and publishers gather in Silver City NM to participate in over 35 events which are open to the public free of charge. The Southwest Festival of the Written Word (SWFWW) is held biennially during the odd numbered years on the first weekend in October. Multiple venues throughout Historic Downtown Silver City including the Seedboat Gallery, the El Sol Theater, the Silver City Public Library, and areas along Bullard, Yankie, Broadway, and College streets host the many events, lectures, gala and exhibitions. Fiction and nonfiction writers, poets, bloggers, journalists, lyricists, editors, dramatists, and publishers from throughout the Southwest are featured in more than 35 casual and informal sessions and workshops. A full slate of writer's round tables, book signings ,slam poetry, and dramatic presentations round out the weekend offerings. The Festival was created to highlight writers who live and write in the Southwest. Festival presenters are from the wider Silver City area, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and other parts of New Mexico. On the first weekend in October of even-numbered years, the Southwest Festival of the Written Word’s Prologue Weekend offers writing workshops, author presentations and readings, and literary meet and greets. Other literary events are offered between Festivals.