Registration is open for the New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival, which will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lusher Charter High School, 5624 Freret St., New Orleans. The event is expected to bring nearly 150 young writers together to learn new skills, share ideas and celebrate the writing life.
The festival is open to high school-age students; to register, visit www.nocca.com/litfest by March 5. Interested eighth-graders should contact Lara Naughton at firstname.lastname@example.org for approval to register. The nonrefundable registration fee is $20.
Poet Rickey Laurentiis, a New Orleans native, will offer a master class for all festival attendees and participate in a question-and-answer session moderated by student writers. After the master class, Laurentiis will meet with a small group of students in a workshop setting.
Other workshop sessions include screenwriting with Henry Griffin; fiction with Anya Groner; poetry with Laura Mullen; story games with Mischa Krilov; movement and text with Nicole Buckles; and documentary writing with Phil Bertelsen. In addition, there will be an open mic reading by members of the local high school literary scene.
The festival is coordinated by Brad Richard, of Lusher Charter High School, and Naughton, of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
“LitFest is a high-energy environment that makes everyone excited and genuinely happy to be there,” high school student Clara Souvignier said. “There’s never a dull moment at LitFest, and what I gain from all of the lessons and workshops is really priceless. The community that comes together at LitFest is so unique, and you know when you get there that you’ll be making friends.”