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TWFest Kicks Off Second Half of Free Writing Workshops

NEW ORLEANS — The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival announces an exciting second half of the season line-up of Coffee & Craft, a series of free writing workshops taught by New Orleans writers.

In partnership with Baldwin & Co., TWFest offers these writing workshops as opportunities for any level of writer to hone their craft. The workshops promote New Orleans writers, especially those with new books out, to our writing community. Writing genres covered in the workshops include fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as include fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, science fiction, and possibly young adult fiction. TWFest seeks to be an accessible source of inspiration, information, and connection. With Baldwin & Co.’s commitment to being a creative community hub, the partnership offers writers a chance to learn more about the craft of writing and expand their writing community.

Coffee and Craft Workshops take place on Saturdays at 10 a.m. at Baldwin & Co. on Elysian Fields. The workshops run about an hour and half with a craft discussion given by the author, generative exercises that everyone works on together, and time for questions at the end. These workshops are a wonderful opportunity for writers to work on their own writing and share space with other writers.

The line-up for the second half of the season includes these exciting, talented writers:

June 10 – Megan Braden Perry
July 8 – Katy Simpson Smith
August 5 – Maurice Carlos Ruffin
September 9 – Anya Groner
October 7 – Chantal James
November 11 – Adrian Van Young

At our June 10 Coffee & Craft at Baldwin & Co., we’ll be joined by Megan Braden-Perry to talk about food writing, about freelancing, about writing in general, and about a favorite New Orleans summertime treat: snowballs. After her talk, there will be time for her to answer questions about food writing. Megan Braden-Perry’s work has been in The Times-Picayune and Gambit Weekly (where she has been on staff), Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Thrillist, Essence, and Today Show. She’s the recipient of multiple Press Club of New Orleans awards and was the Roxane Gay fellow in prose at the 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. Her snowball guidebook is Crescent City Snow from UL Press.

The workshop is free but you are asked to sign up here as there is limited seating. For more information about the Tennessee Williams Festival, visit Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TWFestNOLA.

Baldwin & Co. is a black-owned independent bookstore serving individuals, schools, businesses, nonprofits and more using the power of books to inspire social justice. Baldwin & Co. donates hundreds of books, foods, beverages and more to impoverished communities. Their mission is to inspire growth in people and communities through the power of reading. Based in New Orleans’ historic Marigny neighborhood, Baldwin & Co. is a vibrant community hub, and a center for intellectual discovery where authors, readers, artists and activists gather in a welcoming and supportive environment.

The Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival is in its 38th year of hosting a five-day New Orleans literary affair for readers, writers, and theatre lovers. Held every March in the French Quarter and other New Orleans neighborhoods, TWFest includes a writer’s craft series, literary panel discussions, literary walking tours, theatre events, music events, a book fair, culinary and cocktail events, a Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference and Tribute Reading, and a Stella Shouting Contest. It is also home of the Saints & Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival and The Last Bohemia Fringe Festival. More information at


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