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 34th 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, CLICK HERE to view our most recent program.

Online Auction: Our annual fundraiser, A Menagerie of Holiday Gifts, is from November 19 through December 7, and features a dazzling array of artwork, books, hotel stays, clothing, jewelry, spa treatments, and experiences. You’ll find something for everyone on your gift list, PLUS you’ll be helping the Festival. VISIT THE SITE and bid on some gifts!

Saints + Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival is March 27 – 29, 2020. A program of TWNOLF, SASFest includes panels, readings, workshops, and special events. Visit sasfest.org for full program informaiton.

We are grateful for the support of our Premier Sponsors. See Sponsor menu for all of our sponsors.