Tennessee Williams Program 33rd Annual - Page 16

Friday MARCH 29 FRIDAY, MARCH 29 9 AM - 4 PM Box Office (Queen Anne B) and Book Fair (Queen Anne A) at the Hotel Monteleone. Buy books by Festival authors prior to attending their sessions and find books about New Orleans and Tennessee Williams. Thanks to Garden District Book Shop for hosting our Book Fair. 9 AM - 4 PM 24th Annual Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference, Robert Bray, Director Williams Research Center, $20 or VIP, Combo, or Literary Discussion Pass For complete details, see page 13 9 - 10:15 AM—Writer’s Craft Session CONSTANCE ADLER: WRITING FROM THE DARKNESS BEHIND YOUR EYES Ray Bradbury said that he kept a note posted above his typewriter to remind him: “Don’t think!” Of course, telling writers not to think is like telling fish not to swim. Still, it’s worth considering Bradbury’s assertion that thinking is the enemy of creativity. In this master class, participants will practice spontaneous writing exercises to discover what they don’t think. Through guided meditation and directed periods of breathing and stillness, writers locate narratives that dwell below the water line of consciousness. Bring a notebook and pen. 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 For full description, see page 10 10 - 11:15 AM—Literary Discussion CREATING FIRE IN THE HOLE: THE SPIRIT WORK OF FI YI YI AND THE MANDINGO WARRIORS This panel introduces the process of collaborative ethnography, a method of co-creation the Neighborhood Story Project (NSP) uses to produce books. The panel will discuss working together to create the first full-length book co-written by a Mardi Gras Indian tribe and the politics of collective bodies of work from Indian suits to exhibits and books. The panel includes: Big Chief Victor Harris, Master Designer Jack Robertson, drummer Wesley Phillips, and their official photographer, visual anthropologist Jeffrey Ehrenreich. Director of the NSP, Rachel Breunlin, will lead the conversation. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 14 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL 10 - 11:45 AM— Special Event JACKIE’S GIRL: A CONVERSATION WITH KATHY MCKEON In 1964, Kathy McKeon, newly arrived from Ireland, was just 19 years old when she was hired as the personal assistant to former first lady Jackie Kennedy. For the next 13 years, she not only played a crucial role in raising young Caroline and John Jr., but also had a front- row seat to some of history’s most significant events. Her memoir, Jackie’s Girl, is a rare and engrossing look at the private life of one of the most famous women of the 20th century, but it is also a moving personal story of a young woman finding her identity in a new country, with the help of the most elegant woman in America. Interviewed by historian and editor David Johnson, the event includes a Q & A and book signing. Beauregard-Keyes House, $15 or VIP Pass 10:30 - 11:45 AM—Writer’s Craft Session MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM: WHERE DO STORIES COME FROM? A question that arises frequently for writers: Where do you get your inspiration? Every writer will probably answer that question differently. For some, it is a fully planned story with beginning, middle, and end all spelled out in the writer’s mind (this is relatively rare). For others, it is wisps or fragments of a character the writer finds interesting, a particular scene, or an idea that wants fleshing out. There’s no right or wrong way; there’s only finding the way that works best for you. We’ll talk about the various ways a story arrives in the writer’s mind, and we’ll build a story together, starting from a single point and going on until some semblance of the entire story begins to present itself. It’s all about finding the aperture through which the writer can enter the story still to be fully written. Historic New Orleans Collection, $25, VIP Pass, or Combo Pass 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM—Literary Discussion FINDING THE SWEET SPOTS: IN-BETWEEN SPACES IN NEW ORLEANS This panel (and the book by the same title) turns an architectural lens on a range of narratives and practices in the Crescent City. Our panelists from literature, sociology, and cultural studies examine how in-between spaces (buildings, neighborhoods, squares, and streets) shape and are themselves shaped by the histories and practices of race