Spend a literary day with the award-winning authors Catharine Savage Brosman, John Kemp, Michael H. Rubin, Genaro Ký Lý Smith and M.O. Walsh.
The 2018 Writers and Readers Symposium will be Feb. 17 at Hemingbough in St. Francisville. Participants will hear authors and have a lunch with homemade desserts at Hemingbough.
Through Dec. 31, A Celebration of Literature and Art, the sponsoring organization, is offering tickets at $45. After Jan. 1, the ticket price goes to $55, and on the day of the symposium, it will be $65.
Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Hemingbough Convention Center in St. Francisville. From 9 a.m. to noon, these five authors will read from and discuss their writing and creative processes. At noon, participants will eat with the authors.
Presentations will continue following lunch until 3:30 p.m. Conundrum Books and Puzzles in St. Francisville will have copies of these authors' books for sale on site, and the authors will autograph them.
A Novel Image Art Show will be held in conjunction with the symposium. It will include photographs, paintings and sculptures related to writing and literature. The audience will pick their favorite works of art, and awards will be given to the first-, second- and third-place winners. This program is 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, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
Author Genaro Ký Lý Smith will lead a Writers Retreat for fiction and nonfiction authors on Feb. 17-18. He will critique work submitted in advance and make assignments for participants during the workshop. Beginning writers are welcome. Smith promises that this workshop will be fun and productive.
This workshop is limited to 10 participants and will be held at the Greenwood Plantation near St. Francisville. Admission price 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 greenwoodplantation.com.
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 an M.F.A. 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 coordinator for these events is Missy Couhig, (504) 427-0421. Tickets for both events are available at 2018writersandreaders.brownpapertickets.com and from OLLI at LSU.