TWFest Went Virtual!

March 24 – 28 we took the Fest ONLINE with our tradition Festival events in a virtual format, including panel discussions, interviews, Books & Beignets book club, Tennessee Williams Tribute Reading, theater events, Drummer & Smoke music series, and special events. THANK YOU to everyone who made our virtual events possible!

You can still watch most of the events for FREE on our YouTube channel. View the full schedule with links to the events HERE.

Our beautiful digital program book is available for download HERE or view the fun flipbook version HERE.

Celebrate our 35th anniversary by reminiscing through this retrospective by Board President Peggy Scott Laborde.

March 19 – 21 was our Writer’s Retreat Weekend with workshops on the craft, on publishing, and on nurturing your artistic spirit. Thank you to all of the speakers and attendees for making our online retreat such a success!

And don’t forget Saints+Sinners, our LGBTQ literary festival was held March 11 – 14, and the events are available on our YouTube channel. Details at

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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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