Friday, March 24, 2017

Registration has begun for TwainFest 2017

Hello TwainFest volunteers! Happy 2017! We're officially beginning registration for TwainFest 2017 taking place this year on Saturday, August 19. We would love to have you join us again for this wonderful celebration of literature, theatre, history, and art. There are a couple of new things this year so please read below:

  • This year we've added Event Support Specialist positions. These are more intensive positions which will require additional training and longer volunteer shifts. Examples include Food & Beverage Specialists (prepping and assisting with the Casa de Estudillo, Queen of Hearts Tea Party, etc.), Supply Specialists (checking in with venues and games to ensure they have tickets, prizes, and general supplies throughout the day), Construction Specialists (helping specifically with set-up on the days leading up to TwainFest and tear down after the event), and more positions to be announced. These positions are great for volunteers who want more hands on experience with event planning and the magic that makes TwainFest possible!
  • TwainFest is adding a new, adult orientated event this year titled TwainFest After Dark! The details of this event are still being put together, but it will include food and adult beverages, performances, and experiences unlike anything else you experience during the day! We will need volunteers for TwainFest After Dark with exact times and roles TBD.

If either of these opportunities sound up your alley, you have an opportunity to select them on your volunteer re-registration. I will be conducting separate questionnaires and interviews for these positions.

To register as a volunteer for TwainFest 2017, please go our returning volunteer registration at

If you love volunteering with TwainFest, please refer a friend! Our new volunteer registration is open now as well. You can send this link to friends, family, co-workers, or anyone you think who would love to join us!

Please call or email me with any questions. Thank you and hope to see you in August!

Christa Lynn Sherman
Volunteer Coordinator

Thursday, August 18, 2016

TwainFest is this Saturday!

Hello TwainFest volunteers! I am so excited to see you all at TwainFest this Saturday.

Please review your volunteer position descriptions and What Do I Need... pages on this blog.

ALSO, please take a look at the Parking page. As a reminder, volunteers are NOT allowed to park in the lot between the Fiesta de Reyes restaurant and the Cosmopolitan Hotel unless they have a disabled placard. All other volunteers can find parking off the street, in a different lot, or in the Cal Trans parking lot (which is especially helpful for volunteers arriving for the afternoon shift).

All volunteers are go to the Volunteer Check-in table at the start of their shift. There you can sign in, pick up your shirt, and confirm your volunteer assignment. If you are under 18, please be sure to bring your signed waiver (please email me if you have not received a copy)

Please don't hesitate to call or email with any questions. Thanks so much again and can't wait to see you all this weekend!

Christa Browning
Volunteer Coordinator

Sunday, June 5, 2016

2016 TwainFest Orientations and Invite-a-Friend Campaign

Hello 2016 TwainFest volunteers! We are so thrilled to have you joining us for another great year.

If you're a new volunteer (or a returning volunteer who needs a refresher on the event) we're having 4 volunteer orientations this year. All volunteer orientations start at 10 AM at Old Town Historic Park, located at 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110

Saturday, July 30
Sunday, July 31
Saturday, August 13
Sunday, August 14

We meet at the flag pole, located in the middle of the grassy lawn area at the north end of the park. The orientations are approximately one hour and we go over the various positions and locations of activities throughout TwainFest. While the orientations are not required for new volunteers, they are highly recommended.

We are also happy to announce our 2016 Invite-a-Friend campaign! As those of you who volunteered in previous years know, volunteers receive two free tickets to a future Write Out Loud performance as part of their "thank-you" bag for volunteering at TwainFest.

This year, to increase volunteer participation, we're asking you to Invite-a-Friend to volunteer at TwainFest! Just share the registration link with a friend and, when they sign up, I'll ask them "How did you hear about TwainFest?" When they give me your name, you'll get two extra tickets to a Write Out Loud performance! Invite enough friends and you'll basically be a season ticket holder to Write Out Loud.

Here is the link you can share with friends:
You can also direct them to our page on the Write Out Loud website here:
Lastly, there's a great video about TwainFest, which show both guests and volunteers here:

Thank you so much volunteers! We're excited for another amazing year and I'm incredibly thankful to have all of you joining us this year.

Christa Browning
Volunteer Coordinator

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Volunteer Orientations and Scheduling for TwainFest 2015

Hello TwainFest volunteers! We're so excited for another amazing year.

Our Volunteer Orientations have been scheduled with 2 in July and 2 in August. Please see the Volunteer Orientations page on the right-hand side of the blog.

I will also begin assigning volunteer positions. Please look out for an email from me in the next two weeks with your assignment. You can view the various pages on this blog for a description of your position and other helpful resources to have a successful volunteer shift at TwainFest.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Also, we're still actively recruiting volunteers so please invite your friends!

Thanks so much

Christa Browning
Volunteer Coordinator

Monday, April 6, 2015

TwainFest 2015 Volunteer Registration is open!

Hello TwainFest Volunteers! Happy 2015! I hope you are all having a wonderful new year.

The date for TwainFest has been announced and thus our volunteer registration is now open! TwainFest is:

Saturday, August 15 from 11AM-5PM

Volunteer shifts are set at:

If you registered last year and are interested in volunteering again this year, please send me a brief email letting me know:
-Which shifts you're available for
-Which positions most interest you (Literary Arcade Facilitator, Venue Manager/Assistant Manager, Event Support)
-Your t-shirt size
-Whether you're interested in baking cookies this year =)

If you are new this year or want to refer a friend who needs to register, please sign up here:

We will be setting Orientation dates and possible even a volunteer meet-and-greet over the next few months.

Thank you all and I'm so looking forward to another amazing year!

Christa Browning
Volunteer Coordinator

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Updated Volunteer Positions and Orientation Dates!

Hello TwainFest team! I know that many of you have been checking out the new blog and I hope you're finding it helpful. We've added and updated a few new pages including the venue manager positions, event support positions, and a "what do I need to bring?" page. Please review all pages when you have a chance.

We've also decided to have TWO volunteer orientations at Old Town Park!
Saturday, August 2 at 10AM- 11AM
Saturday, August 9 at 1PM-2PM
We will meet in front of the Courthouse to begin our tour of the park. We will visit the different sites where activities will be taking place, answer questions about the event, and answer any questions you may have about TwainFest. Please send me a quick email if you are able to attend one of these Orientations.

Thank you very much everyone! Looking forward to getting the schedule out (hopefully next weekend) and seeing you all at TwainFest!

Christa Browning
Volunteer Coordinator

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 TwainFest Volunteer Info Page!

Hello TwainFest volunteers! It's less than a month away and I am beyond excited to work with each of you at the Fifth Annual TwainFest.

As I know it's difficult to meet each of you on-site at Old Town Park before the event to go over the layout, different positions, and general FAQs, I've created this site to hopefully provide you with the tools necessary to succeed in your volunteer position. I am creating different tabs on parking, event layout, and volunteer positions descriptions. As they get posted, please read each carefully to get a good grasp on the event.

Lastly, I do still want to have at least one volunteer get-together at the Park before the 16th to meet some of you and answer questions in person. It till either be August 2 or 9 and I will let all of you know as soon as I have that set in stone.

Thank you and I look forward to working with such a dynamic team!

Christa Browning
Volunteer Coordinator