The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is hosting five WordShops on Friday, Oct. 30, in Baton Rouge.

Louisiana Book Festival author-instructors Kent Wascom, Alice Friman, Molly Antopol, Skip Horack, Christopher Schaberg and Sarah Russo will cover topics including historical fiction, poetry, fiction, nonfiction and publishing.

“Waking the Dead: Crafting Historical Fiction” with Wascom provides tools to write fiction based in historical incident.

“The Rough Draft in Poetry, or Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg? Or Both?” with Friman concentrates on three good ways to assure a viable rough draft.

“Finding Your Form: Exploring Storytelling through Fiction and Memoir” with Antopol and Horack discusses elements essential to storytelling and how to best fit form to material.

“Experimental Nonfiction: Writing the Known, Writing the Unknown” with Schaberg presents writing from experience as well as through exploratory methods.

“The Publicity Philosophy: How to Think Like a Publicist Even If You Can’t Afford to Hire One” with Russo encourages writers to think strategically about publishing goals and provides them with constructive takeaways.

For more information and to register, call (225) 219-9503 or visit