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Local Author Vicki Salloum to Lead Intro to Fiction Workshop at East Bank Regional Library

JEFFERSON — Vicki Salloum, a local author who has written four novels and numerous short stories, will lead an introduction to fiction writing workshop on Thursday afternoons at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

This event is geared for beginning writers, and not for experienced fiction writers. Participants must register on the library’s website. This event is free of charge.

The workshop is designed to instill a love of creative writing and an understanding of the techniques used in creating great fiction. It aims to strengthen the beginning writer’s powers of imagination and ability to think critically.

The workshop will:

  • Introduce students to essential elements of storytelling as characterization, plot/conflict/moral choice, points of view, significant detail, theme, scene-setting/dialog/atmosphere, and style/tone/voice.
  • Acquaint students with the writing philosophies and practices of not only the great masters, but successful contemporary novelists.
  • Assign creative work for critique by classmates.

There are 12 workshops. They will occur at 1 p.m. on the following days.

  • Thursday, Jan. 11
  • Thursday, Jan. 25
  • Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Thursday, Feb. 22
  • Thursday, March 7
  • Thursday, March 21
  • Thursday, April 4
  • Thursday, April 18
  • Thursday, May 2
  • Thursday, May 16
  • Thursday, May 30
  • Thursday, June 13

Born in Gulfport, Vicki Salloum has lived in New Orleans for many years. Her four novels are: Waiting for You at Midnight (2018), Candyland (2016), Faulkner & Friends (2014), and A Prayer to St. Jude (2012). She has been a volunteer instructor in the New Orleans People Program and the New Orleans Lifelong Learning Program.

For more information regarding this presentation, contact Chris Smith, Manager of Adult Programming for the library, at 504-889-8143 or

The Jefferson Parish Library system consists of 16 locations that stretch from the Lakeshore Branch on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain to the Grand Isle Branch just steps away from the Gulf of Mexico. The library system consists of two large regional libraries and seven branches on each side of the Mississippi River. The East Bank Regional Library (4747 West Napoleon Avenue, Metairie) serves as library headquarters. More than 200 employees work for the Jefferson Parish Library including librarians, administration and support staff. For more information, contact the library at (504) 838-1100 or

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on social media (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.


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