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Thursday MARCH 28 THURSDAY, MARCH 28 9 AM - 4 PM Box Office (Queen Anne B) at the Hotel Monteleone 10 AM Daily OFF THE BEATEN WAY GALLERY, 1029 Royal Street, is hosting “Tennessee’s New Orleans,” an exhibit of Tennessee Williams portraits, paintings of his homes in the Quarter, and other strikingly evocative New Orleans images, created by TW/NOLF friend and performer Travis Michael Holder, who has appeared in various events with us over the years. A portion of all sales will go to benefit the Festival. Open daily at 10 AM and late during the Festival days. 9 - 10 AM—Special Event THE NEW ORLEANS WRITING MARATHON Jumpstart your writing with the New Orleans Writing Marathon! Hosted by Marathon founder Richard Louth, participants write their way across the French Quarter in cafes, pubs, bookstores, and anywhere a small group of writers can sit, write, and share their work. It’s all about writing in the moment, writing for the joy of it, and finding inspiration in one’s place. For more information, visit www.writingmarathon.com and for questions, contact Richard Louth at rlouth@selu.edu. Writing Marathons begin at 9 AM on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom Writing Marathon Readings: Participants in any of the three Writing Marathons are invited to read their writing at a celebration on Sunday, March 31, at 2:30 PM in the Hotel Monteleone, Orleans C. 9 - 10:15 AM—Writer’s Craft Session HE SAID, SHE SAID: SCENE BUILDING THROUGH COMPELLING DIALOGUE As a great dramatist and short story writer, Tennessee Williams understood the power of the spoken word to reveal character, underscore theme, and heighten conflict. Join the New Orleans Writers Workshop for this Williams-inspired session designed to get your characters talking. Drawing from William’s example, we’ll first explore the finer points of creating effective dialogue and exploiting its dramatic potential, followed by a guided scene-building exercise centered on dialogue. Participants can expect to leave with a compelling, lifelike exchange between two or more characters and a better understanding of how to make dialogue meaningful to the work as a whole. Writers of all levels welcome! Led by authors Allison Alsup, Tom Andes, and Jessica Kinnison from the New Orleans Writer’s Workshop. Historic New Orleans Collection, $25, VIP Pass, or Combo Pass 10 AM - 12 PM—Walking Tour TENNESSEE WILLIAMS LITERARY WALKING TOUR CREATED BY DR. KENNETH HOLDITCH New Orleans, and especially the French Quarter, played a vital role in shaping Tennessee Williams. When he came here for the first time, he was Tom Williams. When he left here a couple of months later, he 10 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL was known as Tennessee, having undergone a tremendous change in his personal life and his creativity. A man perpetually on the move, Tennessee considered this city his “spiritual home” and had at least eight residences in its famous neighborhoods. Visit the homes and hangouts where he lived and worked and returned to throughout his adult life, beloved spots that helped to make Tennessee America’s greatest playwright. Led by Heritage Tours and created by Dr. Kenneth Holditch, this was the first literary tour of the French Quarter. Tours at 10 AM and 2 PM, Thursday through Sunday. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Parlor, $25 or VIP Pass 10:30 - 11:45 AM—Writer’s Craft Session BETWEEN PIETY AND DESIRE: WRITING NEW ORLEANS In New Orleans, folks can say they live—literally—between Piety and Desire. As Tennessee Williams and scores of other authors have demonstrated, setting is one of the writer’s greatest tools, not merely for building flavor or as a backdrop but as a tool for developing character in an unfolding story. In this generative creative writing session, suitable for tourists and locals alike, we’ll talk about the lure of New Orleans and explore ways to find fresh takes on one of America’s most mythic cities. Participants can expect to leave with at least one scene built from the ground-up, looking closely at the sensory impressions, rhythms, and specific, accurate details of the worlds in which their characters live. Writers of all levels welcome. Led by authors Allison Alsup, Tom Andes, and Jessica Kinnison from the New Orleans Writer’s Workshop. Historic New Orleans Collection, $25, VIP Pass, or Combo Pass 1 - 2:15 PM—Writer’s Craft Session DIRTY, SEXY: THE ART OF WRITING EROTICA For some of us, the sex we have in our heads is far better than the sex we have in our beds. This writer’s craft session led by Bernice McFadden will help you transfer those sexy scenarios onto the page. All are welcome, including the strumpet who knows how to please her partner and the prude who wishes she could. Leave your inhibitions at the door, but please do bring pen, paper, an open mind, and a moist towelette. Historic New Orleans Collection, $25, VIP Pass, or Combo Pass 1 - 2:15 PM—Theater EVERYONE EXPECTS ME TO WRITE ANOTHER STREETCAR Jeremy Lawrence revives his much heralded piece drawn from the words and works of Tennessee Williams, including anecdotes and musings about his battle with critics when “the streetcar named success” stopped running, even as he explored new forms because conventional ones could no longer contain “the mad music of his characters.” This most personal of playwrights cannot help but move into a confessional mode as he talks about his coming out and the loss of his lover, Frank Merlo, which precipitated his breakdown. The piece climaxes with the poem “What’s Next on the Agenda, Mr. Williams?” In the spirit of