Thank you to everyone who made our summer fundraiser, The Kindness of Strangers, possible! To Bryan Batt and Lawrence Henry Gobble, who created the show and gathered friends near and far to participate, to everyone who added their voice to the video through stories, scenes, and iconic lines, to The Bend Media, for putting the video together in such a beautiful fashion, and to all of you who donated—THANK YOU!

Special thanks to our sponsor, The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

The event is archived on our YouTube channel, and if you didn’t get to donate, click on our SUPPORT page for ways to support the Festival.

More online events to come! Check back often, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on social media to stay updated on programming and opportunities.

What is TWFest?

We are a five-day literary arts festival held every spring right around March 26, the birthday of our patron saint and inspiration, playwright Tennessee Williams. Our Festival is perfect for readers, writers, theater lovers, and anyone who loves New Orleans’ magical culture.

Events include writing workshops and master classes by acclaimed writers, enlightening and entertaining literary panel discussions, theater events,  book fair, Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading, Tennessee Williams scholars conference,  literary walking tours, music events, Books & Beignets book club, culinary and cocktail events, interviews with legendary writers and actors, and much more!

Now in our 35th year, TWFest brings together over 100 contemporary writers, scholars, actors, musicians, and other artists for five days of literary revelry  in the lush Bohemian world of New Orleans.

For a taste of the Fest, view our most recent program book by clicking on the cover image. Our 2020 Festival was cancelled due to the pandemic but stay in touch for 2021 news!

Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival is held every March in tandem with TWFest. A program of TWNOLF, SASFest includes panels, readings, workshops, and special events. Visit for full program information.

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