In addition to our annual festival, our organization brings to you:
Founded in 2001, the Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of GLBT publishers, writers, and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over four days each Spring, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors, and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.
The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is proud to collaborate with the Jefferson Parish Library with this outreach program featuring local authors. Once a month starting in August, featured authors read from their work and discuss their experiences working within their respective genres with guest facilitators. Books are available for sale (made possible by Friends of Jefferson Public Library), signings, and plenty of time for Q & A and discussion. All programs are free and open to the public.
An educational outreach program for young writers, WriteNOW brings area high school students together for a day of writing workshops and discussions with high-caliber writing professionals. Participating students also receive free scholarship passes to attend Tennessee Williams Festival events. We work with teachers and students from NOCCA, Lusher Charter School, and the Neighborhood Story Project.
Staging for Success
Staging for Success includes a series of free workshops led by theater professionals to high school students in the Greater New Orleans community. By connecting students interested in the theater arts with local, regional, and nationally recognized actors, directors, playwrights, and other theater professionals, we can nurture the next generation of performing artists. This outreach program also includes free passes to students to attend events during the Festival.