The WordShop component of the Louisiana Book Festival offers writing WordShops emphasizing craft. Faculty, both local and national, are highly credentialed and have a commitment to teaching. WordShops are serious educational experiences presented in a supportive, informal environment, appropriate for both novice and advanced writers as well as anyone who enjoys books and good conversation.

Equally important is the development of the Louisiana community of students and teachers who support art in literature as well as one another's pursuits. The Louisiana Book Festival WordShops function under the assumption that everyone is creative and anyone can write. We offer the tools to craft your work. We respect you and your writing, and whatever your writing background, we treat you like a professional and strive to boost your confidence to create. The varied backgrounds that students can bring to the classroom enrich the creative process for everyone; we welcome a diverse mix of participants.

Stay tuned for an announcement regarding 2014 WordShop offerings.

Until then, visit the 2013 WordShop pages linked below to get an idea of what we offer.

  • Writing Nonfiction with Literary Style, presented by Rick Bragg
  • Three Chords and the Truth: Songwriting with Mary Gauthier
  • Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction in Everyday Life, presented by Manuel Gonzales
  • The Scenic Route, presented by T. Geronimo Johnson
  • A Writer's Guide to Social Media with an Emphasis on Twitter, presented by Darrelyn Saloom

  • Anyone signing up for two half-day WordShops only pays $75.


    Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.

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