Fiction and nonfiction authors are invited to participate in a writers retreat led by authors Moira Crone and Rodger Kamenetz at Butler Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville Aug. 27-28.

Sponsored by A Celebration of Literature and Art Inc., a West Feliciana Parish nonprofit, the retreat will allow writers to work on their writing while in a beautiful setting, CLA member Olivia Pass said.

“A Celebration of Literature and Art has sponsored retreats the past two years, both of which sold out,” Pass said. “According to participants, they wanted a longer span of time to work on their writing, so we’re offering this overnight retreat.”

The husband-wife team of Crone and Kamenetz, who both taught writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at LSU, will lead sections of fiction and nonfiction for up to 12 participants each. Writers are encouraged to bring up to five pages of work for critiquing.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 with Crone talking about memory, metaphors and analogy in short stories and novels and Kamenetz discussing memory and metonymy in nonfiction.

Joint and separate sessions will be held throughout the day, which ends at 4 p.m., allowing participants to have dinner on their own or to get together informally, Pass said.

The workshop resumes at 9 a.m. Aug. 28 with a three-hour session about using dreams and myths in fiction and nonfiction.

Cost to attend the retreat is $400, which includes bed and breakfast accommodations, lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. For those who wish to commute, cost to attend is $250.

The deadline for registration is Aug. 1. Tickets are available at and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU. Participants may also register by emailing Pass for additional information at