The Writers and Readers Symposium: A Celebration of Literature and Art will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Hemingbough Plantation, 10101 La. 965, St. Francisville.

The symposium will feature Abigail Padgett, Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Haymon, Moira Crone and Richard Sexton. Each author will read from and discuss their work.

Padgett is most recently the author of “An Unremembered Grave,” set in the St. Francisville area. Haymon is the author of four collections of poetry and editor of the LSU Press Barataria Poetry Series. New Orleans native Crone’s new book is “The Ice Garden,” and she is a previous winner of the Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction. Photographer and author Sexton’s latest book is “Creole World: Photographs of New Orleans and the Latin American Sphere,” published by the Historic New Orleans Collection. He is the 2014 Michael P. Smith Memorial Award for documentary photography by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

A juried exhibit of photography, “A Novel Image,” will also accompany the symposium.

Tickets to the symposium are $40 if bought in January, $50 in February and $60 at the door.

On the Feb. 28 weekend, Padgett and Haymon will hold a Writers Workshop at Butler Greenwood Plantation, 8345 U.S. 61, St. Francisville. The workshop, “Until the Lion Learns to Speak, the Tale of the Hunt Belongs to the Hunter,” is open to all writers and will cover different genres of poetry and prose. Participants will learn to write sentences or poems to attract readers and will also participate in critiques. Registration, which includes lunch and refreshments, is $125. The deadline is Feb. 15.

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