Check back for updated and additional event information. Our program will be finalized in December. Tickets will go on sale by January. Watch for early bird specials on VIP Passes, Combo Passes, and Literary Discussion Passes. Check back, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on social media for updates on speakers and topics for our 32nd Annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival March 21-25, 2018.

2018 Writer’s Craft Series

Speakers TBA. Our Writer’s Craft Series features award-winning writers sharing their experience and expertise. Open to the public, it is perfect for writers of any skill level, as well as literary lovers who want the opportunity to hear their favorite author speak. Held on Thursday and Friday of the Festival, these 8 sessions are 75 minutes long. Authors will sign books after their Writer’s Craft session.

For 2018, Writer’s Craft Sessions will be held March 22 and 23.

How to attend:

  • All Writer’s Craft sessions are open to the public.
  • Tickets will go on sale in January.
  • Writer’s Craft sessions are $25 each.
  • Writer’s Craft sessions are also included in the Combo Pass and the VIP Pass.

2018 Literary Discussion Series

Speakers TBA. Our Literary Discussion Series includes over 25 entertaining and enlightening discussions by authors, scholars, historians, publishers, and other literary and theater professionals. Topics include contemporary issues, historical interests, genre-based topics, Southern and New Orleans-based topics, among others, as well as panels on the life, work, and study of Tennessee Williams. Literary Discussions are 75 minutes long, including time at the end for Q & A.

Literary Discussions are held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the Festival. For 2018, that’s  March 23, 24, and 25, 2018.

How to attend:

  • $100 ($70 for students with a valid school ID) for a Literary Discussion Pass. Includes all Literary Discussions Friday through Sunday.
  • $40 Literary Discussion Day Pass for Friday or Saturday or Sunday.
  • $10 per discussion (not available online—purchase at the Festival)
  • The Literary Discussion Series is also included in the Combo Pass and the VIP Pass

Theater

Theater events include full productions by our theater partners, such as Southern Rep, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, and The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans, plus one-acts, staged readings, and other theatrical events.

How to attend: 

Prices vary. Tickets to full productions available through our theater partners. Other theater events typically range from $20 to $40.  All theater events are also included in the VIP Pass.

Special Events

Special events include our Opening Night, Books and Beignets book club event, culinary events, music events, special interviews, our Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading, among other events.

How to attend:

Prices vary from $20 to $40. All special events except our Opening Night are included in the VIP Pass.

Walking Tours

New Orleans is famous for enticing writers to live and work under its spell. We partner with a variety of tour companies to offer our patrons tours specific to Tennessee Williams, as well as other intriguing topics.

Ticket Options: Prices average around $25 per tour. Some tours are included in the VIP Pass.

 

Tickets

You can purchase tickets to individual events a la carte or purchase passes that include a package of events. Some passes are included in Friends of Tennessee memberships, and all memberships come with a 10% discount on Festival tickets.

Passes available include:

Literary Discussion Pass is $100 ($70 for students with a valid student ID).

Admits to:

  • All Literary Discussions Friday-Sunday (25+ panels)
  • Scholars Conference on Friday
  • Drummer and Smoke (music program at Palm Court on Sunday)
  • Staged reading of the winning one-act play

One included with a $200 membership (Serafina Delle Rose).

Two included with a $500 membership (Gentleman Caller).

One-Day Literary Discussion Pass is $40. Can be purchased for Friday, or Saturday or Sunday and includes applicable events listed above for the day you choose. Not included in any memberships.

Combo Pass is $200. Includes all 8 sessions in our Writer’s Craft Series + Literary Discussion Pass for Friday-Sunday:

  • 8 Writer’s Craft sessions Thursday and Friday
  • All Literary Discussions Friday-Sunday (25+ panels)
  • Scholars Conference on Friday
  • Drummer and Smoke (music program at Palm Court on Sunday)
  • Staged reading of the winning one-act play

The Combo Pass is not included in any memberships.

VIP Pass is $600. Includes every event except the opening night fundraiser on March 21.

  • 8 Writer’s Craft sessions Thursday and Friday
  • All Literary Discussions Friday-Sunday
  • Scholars Conference on Friday
  • Drummer and Smoke (music program at Palm Court on Sunday)
  • Tennessee Williams Literary Walking Tour (one)
  • Special events, such as the Tribute Reading, Books and Beignets, special workshops, food events, and Interviews with authors and actors
  • All theater events, including full productions by Southern Rep, Le Petit Theatre, and the Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans
  • Invitation to Donor Party at The Historic New Orleans Collection Friday night of the Festival
  • Admittance to VIP Room at the Hotel Monteleone with wifi access, snacks, etc.

One included with a $1,000 membership (Maggie the Cat).

Two included with a $2,500 membership (Big Daddy Panel Sponsorship)

NOTE:  VIP Pass holders must reserve their spots ahead of time to guarantee a seat. A staff member will contact VIP Pass holders via email and phone call prior to the Festival to assist them in making their Festival Schedule.

Individual Tickets:

Individual tickets go on sale in January through the website, by phone, or by mail.

  • Writer’s Craft Sessions are $25 each
  • Individual literary discussions are $10 each (no online purchase available—must purchase on site)
  • Scholars Conference is $20
  • Walking tours are $25
  • Theater/special events range from $10-$75

 

Group rates, available on request, are 20% off for groups of ten or more.