Authors and artists will speak about their creative processes and visit with the audience at the annual Writers and Readers Symposium in St. Francisville Saturday, Feb. 20.

Featured presenters will be this year’s designated “Entergy Author” and award-winning novelist Margaret McMullan, who has released her seventh novel, “Aftermath Lounge: on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina”; Michael Rubin, jazz pianist, national speaker/humorist and practicing attorney whose murder mystery “The Cottoncrest Curse” was published by LSU Press; New Orleans poet Mona Lisa Saloy returning to share a new book of poetry, “Second Line Home”; Louisiana photographer Philip Gould and public muralist Robert Dafford. “The Public Art of Robert Dafford,” one of Gould’s dozen books, features his images of some of Dafford’s most memorable murals, painted in the U.S., Canada, France, Belgium and Great Britain.

A Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc., an arts and humanities group, is again sponsoring the event. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Hemingbough Conference Center, 10101 La. 965, with presentations by featured authors starting at 9 a.m., lunch at noon, a 1 p.m. authors’ panel Q&A, and an hour-long autograph session beginning at 2 p.m.

Also included will be “A Novel Image,” a competitive exhibit of photographs, paintings and sculpture matched with literary works.

In addition, a Writers Workshop led by McMullan for both experienced and aspiring authors runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road.

For tickets, register online with credit card at Fees for the symposium are $50 for registrants; $60 at the door.

The Writers Workshop fee is $150, and limited scholarships are available. For more info, go to or email Sandy Parfait,