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Celebrated Authors To Give Master Classes For Aspiring Louisiana Writers

Louisiana Book Festival

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 excellent, educational experiences for anyone who enjoys books and good conversation.”

 If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a writer, or 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 experiences for anyone who enjoys books and good conversation,” 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:



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 in the attached document or by visiting

To register, call 225-219-9503 or visit

Each of the instructors will be featured at the Louisiana Book Festival with their latest work.  For more information on the 2019 Louisiana Book Festival, visit