Thursday, 20 September 2018 08:39

Louisiana Book Festival announces line-up of instructors for annual pre-festival event

BATON ROUGE, La.—The Louisiana Book Festival is excited to announce the instructors for the 2018 WordShops – half-day writing workshops on a variety of craft and book marketing topics to take place at the State Library of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. The courses are designed for people writing fiction or nonfiction. This year’s “book business” WordShop focuses exclusively on self-publishing. All WordShops offer invaluable opportunities for professional networking. Individuals from a variety of writing backgrounds and experience are encouraged to attend.

“Louisiana is full of stories and people who write those stories. Our state has such a rich literary history that we are excited to announce this exceptional opportunity at the State Library for Louisiana for writers to further develop their craft,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “The WordShops, offered ahead of the extraordinary Louisiana Book Festival, are excellent, educational experiences for anyone who enjoys books and good conversation.”

“Louisiana has so many amazing storytellers and raconteurs. Whether you’ve had a manuscript in the hopper for years or have just started to write down your stories, the WordShops offered at the State Library of Louisiana as part of the 2018 Louisiana Book Festival offer a rare and intimate opportunity for local aspiring writers of all backgrounds to study with celebrated authors from all over the country,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “If you’ve ever dreamed of seeing your name on the cover of a book, definitely check out our WordShops!”

The WordShop schedule for Friday, November 9, 2018:

·       9 a.m. – Noon

o   Suzanne Hudson and Joe FormichellaThe Art of Self-Publishing: Minimizing the Mad Middle Men and Reclaiming Your Writing

o   Joshua WheelerRemixing Your Roots: Writing About Home with Accuracy, Originality, and Plenty of Imagination

·       1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

o   Jonathan EvisonYour Partner, The Reader: Exploring the Reader/Writer Collaboration

o   Tessa FontaineClose and Bright: A Nonfiction Workshop

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 Friday, October 26. After that date, registrations will be accepted only as space allows.

Please find full WordShop descriptions as well as short author biographies by visiting

To register, please call 225-219-9503 or visit

For more information on the 2018 Louisiana Book Festival, please visit


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