Louisiana Book Festival WordShops
October 30, Baton Rouge
State Library of Louisiana

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.


Waking the Dead: Crafting Historical Fiction
Presented by Kent Wascom

9 a.m. to noon

The Rough Draft in Poetry, or Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg? Or Both
Presented by Alice Friman

9 a.m. to noon


Finding Your Form: Exploring Storytelling through Fiction and Memoir
Presented by Molly Antopol and Skip Horack

1 to 4 p.m.

Experimental Nonfiction: Writing the Known, Writing the Unknown
Presented by Christopher Schaberg

1 to 4 p.m.

The Publicity Philosophy: How to Think Like a Publicist Even If You Can't Afford to Hire One
Presented by Sarah Russo

1 to 4 p.m.






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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