The New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival will be hosted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans.

The festival is a project of Lusher Charter High School and NOCCA, and is coordinated by Brad Richard, from Lusher, and Lara Naughton, from NOCCA.

LitFest offers high school students a festival of master classes with professional writers and artists, readings and performances, seminars, food, and sharing of work and ideas.

“LitFest is a great environment to be in to experiment with writing, make new writer-friends from all over the city, and learn from professional writers who don’t hold back sharing what they know,” said high school student Khipper Thompson.

Headlining the Saturday festival will be Slam Team New Orleans, which will perform for all festival attendees and participate in a Q&A moderated by student writers. After the master class, Slam Team New Orleans also will meet with a small group of students in a workshop setting.

Other workshop sessions include screenwriting with Henry Griffin; fiction with Maurice Ruffin; poetry with Anne Marie Rooney; book making with Yuka Petz; songwriting with Mike Rihner; and creative nonfiction with Anya Groner.

In addition, there will be an open mic reading by members of the local high school literary scene.

The Saturday festival is open to high school age students and requires preregistration. Interested eighth-graders should contact Lara Naughton at for approval to register.

The nonrefundable registration fee is $20, payable online, and the registration deadline is March 1. For information and to register, go to