• Louisiana Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Louisiana, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you live in Louisiana, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Fantasy on the Bayou

    Conference registration includes all workshops/sessions, a sit-down luncheon featuring the keynote speaker, access to book signings, and a sit-down dinner.

    Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association

    A nonprofit professional improvement organization for those with an interest in nature-based communications and outdoor activities.

    Pen to Press Writers’ Retreat

    Pen to Press Retreats are five intense, hands-on, inspiring days that teach participants how to shape and present a saleable manuscript.

    Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society

    This nationally recognized nonprofit arts organization’s two most ambitious annual projects are Words and Music, a literary feast in New Orleans, and The William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

    Writers’ Guild of Acadiana

    WGA is an organization made up of local writers, published and unpublished, who meet the last Tuesday of each month to share and gain knowledge in the craft of writing.

    The Louisiana Sports Writers Association

    Aims to foster and promote the dissemination of information on athletics and sports activities, to encourage the highest standards of sports journalism in the communications media, and to promote better working conditions for state sports writers and sportscasters.

    Louisiana Book News

    Books column by journalist Chere Dastugue Coen, published on Sundays in The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette and Monroe News Star of Monroe.

    Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

    The Festival’s mission is threefold: to serve the community through educational, theatrical, literary and musical programs; to nurture, support and showcase regional, national and international writers, actors, musicians and other artists; and to honor the creative genius of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his spiritual home.

    The Southern Review

    One of the nation’s premiere literary journals, and hailed by Time as “superior to any other journal in the English language.” The Southern Review publishes a diverse array of fiction, nonfiction and poetry by the country’s—and the world’s—most respected contemporary writers.

    The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective

    This literary arts organization strives to promote the literary arts–and other arts as well–through open mics, writing groups and an annual festival.

    North Louisiana Storytellers & Authors of Romance

    Also known as NOLA STARs, this organization promotes excellence in romantic fiction, helps writers publish and establish writing careers, and provides continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry. Monthly meetings in Bossier City.

    Grave Expectations

    The Louisiana chapter of Sisters in Crime. Meets monthly in Shreveport.

    Bayou Writers Group

    Founded in 2001, “the goal of the Bayou Writers Group is to educate, encourage and inspire.” Offers an annual conference and young writers contest. Meets monthly in Lake Charles.


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