The committee for A Celebration of Literature and Art, a nonprofit arts and humanities group in West Feliciana Parish, has selected its presenters for the 2016 Writers and Readers Symposium slated for Feb. 20 at Hemingbough.

Those selected include authors Margaret McMullan and Michael Rubin, poet Mona Lisa Saloy, photographer Philip Gould and muralist Robert Dafford. The authors and artists will discuss their work individually and as a panel, which will be moderated by local artist Carolyn Thornton.

Lunch is included, and books by the authors will be on sale throughout the day. Attendees also will have an opportunity to chat informally with the presenters and have copies of their books autographed.

On Feb. 21, following the symposium, McMullan will lead a workshop for beginning and experienced writers at the West Feliciana Parish Library from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Limited to 15 participants, the workshop will feature McMullan critiquing nonfiction or fiction writing of workshop participants, who should send her their prose by Jan. 31.

Lunch and supplies are included.

Register at brownpapertick or at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU by visiting

Tickets for the symposium are $40 in 2015, $50 in 2016 and $60 at the door. Cost to attend the workshop is $150, but scholarships are available.

A letter stating the need for financial help should be mailed to CLA Scholarships, P.O. Box 2366, St. Francisville, LA 70775.

For questions about either event, email Olivia Pass at