Author Genaro Ky Lý Smith will lead a writers retreat for fiction and nonfiction authors on Feb. 17-18.

Smith said the workshop will be fun and productive. He will critique written work and make assignments for participants during the workshop. Beginning writers are welcome.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants and will be held at Greenwood Plantation near St. Francisville. Admission is $200. Rooms are available at Greenwood Plantation and should be booked directly through Greenwood, 6838 Highland Road, St. Francisville. The phone number is (225) 655-4475, and the website is Mention that you are part of the writers retreat.

Smith’s books include “Lý Loc and His Seven Wives,” “The Land Baron's Sun” and “The Land South of the Clouds.” Writing in both poetry and prose, Smith earned a master's degree from McNeese State University and teaches writing at Louisiana Tech. Born in Vietnam, Smith, who is half black and half Vietnamese, has written books that reflect his cultural history. He won first place in the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fellowship competition, along with many other awards.

The authors workshop will begin with a wine-and-cheese reception and mixer at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Greenwood. Smith will go over details of the workshop, which will continue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18. Participants may send submissions in advance for critiquing. 

This event is hosted by A Celebration of Literature and Arts in conjunction with the 2018 Writers & Readers Symposium. Tickets to both the retreat and the symposium are available separately at

These programs are supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts and Louisiana State Arts Council.