Friday, 30 August 2019 00:00

Louisiana Book Festival announces schedule for annual pre-festival event

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Book Festival is excited to announce the instructors for the 2019 WordShops – half-day writing workshops on a variety of topics to take place at the State Library of Louisiana in Baton Rouge on Friday, November 1. The courses are designed for people writing fiction or nonfiction, and are appropriate for writers of all levels of experience.

"It's always exciting to celebrate the rich literary history of our great state. These WordShops are just the kickoff to the 16th Annual Louisiana Book Festival," said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. "The WordShops, offered ahead of the extraordinary Louisiana Book Festival, are for anyone who enjoys books and good conversation."

"If you've ever dreamed of becoming a writer, or maybe you've had a manuscript you've been holding onto for years, the WordShops for the 2019 Louisiana Book Festival provide aspiring writers, and those who love reading, an excellent educational experience," said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton.

The classes, taught by award-winning and bestselling professional authors, will cover a wide range of tools used in honing the writers’ craft, including the most fundamental tool for creating mood, atmosphere, character, and more; ways to plumb one’s own experience for personal essays; an exploration of mythology in characterization, narrative, and plot; and how to write compelling nonfiction when the historical record (or memory!) is lacking.

The WordShop schedule for Friday, November 1, 2019:

·       9 a.m. – Noon

o   FICTIONBeyond Description: Mining Imagery for Meaning presented by Michael Knight

o   NON-FICTIONUnlocking the Box: Writing Personal Essays presented by Michele Filgate

·       1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

o   FICTIONMyth Making and Breaking: How to Use Old Stories to Write Something New presented by Steph Post

o   NON-FICTIONFinding Your Narrative: At the Crossroads of Memory, Journalism, and History presented by Steve Luxenberg

Registration for each WordShop is $50; for a person attending two WordShops, the cost is $90. Space is limited. Registration and payment are due by October 25. After that date, registrations will be accepted only as space allows.

Please find full WordShop descriptions as well as short author biographies by visiting http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/wordshops.html.

To register, please call 225-219-9503 or visit LouisianaBookFestival.org/WordShops.

For more information on the 2019 Louisiana Book Festival, please visit www.louisianabookfestival.org.


Rebecca Hamilton
State Library of Louisiana
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Julio Guichard
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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