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Thursday, November 20th

8:00 a. m — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS
Registration, Continental breakfast, announcements and remarks

WELCOME TO NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR
8:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Art of Improvisation in Words, Music, and Life
Rosemary James,
Co-Founder, Faulkner Society and Words & Music.

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR: LITERARY NEW ORLEANS
Where They Wrote
Featuring Angela Carll

8:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR: NEW FICTION

The Civil Rights Era in New Orleans
This session features Laura Lane McNeal

9:00 a. m. — I Love This City
This session features Amy Conner

9:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Long Approach to New Orleans Noir
Mardi Gras Madness
This session features Dr. Ken Mask

9:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Long Approach to New Orleans Noir
South, America
This session features Rod Davis

9:45 a. m — Queen Anne Parlor
The Short Approach to New Orleans Noir
This session features James Nolan

Intermission
Author Signings in Words & Music Book Mart.  

NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR, NEW NON-FICTION
10:00 a. m — Queen Anne Ballroom

The Mystery of Mardi Gras: Its History
This session features
Rosary O’Neill

10:15 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
New Orleans, Mon Amour, Often An Unfathomable City
This session features Rebecca Snedeker

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
10:30 a. m. —Queen Anne Ballroom
The Art of Setting the Scene in Visual Images: Capturing the Moment At Hand
This session features David Spielman, Joséphine Sacabo, Richard SextonTina Freeman and Morgan Molthrop

11:45 a. m.
Intermission
Author Signings in Words & Music Book Mart.  

Noon — Queen Anne Ballroom
BIG READ EVENT:
IMPROVISATION IN LIFESTYLES, THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE
The Artful Feast
This session features Dr. Nia Terezakis and Dawn Brown

BIG READ EVENT
NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR: IMPROVISATION IN CUISINE
12:15

How Necessary Improvisation by Ethnic Chefs Has Enriched New Orleans Cuisine
This session features Ann Benoit

12:30 p. m.
Intermission
Authors will sign their books in the Book Mart.

BIG READ EVENT
LITERATURE & LUNCH
1:15 p. m. — Bayona Restaurant, 430 Dauphine St.

Cash Bar
1:30 p. m.
Lunch
Eat Dat: The Art of Improvisation in New Orleans Cuisine
Well known foodie Randy Fertel, author of the new non-fiction book, A Taste for Chaos: The  Art of Literary Improvisation, will introduce the program. Food writers Rien Fertel, author of Imagining the Creole City, and Michael Murphy, author of the new food book, Eat Dat, New Orleans, are invited to join Randy and Chef Susan Spicer, owner of the renowned restaurant, Bayona.

3:30 p. m.
Intermission

READINGS OF NEW WORK
3:45 p. m. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Annual Meeting of the Words & Music Writers Alliance
Writers with new fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are invited to read their work at this event. Novelist Amy Conner will be mistress of ceremonies. Among those invited to read are M. O. Walsh, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Kay Sloan, Terri Stoor, Tad Bartlett, J. Ed Marston, Andy Young, Emily Choate, and Mary Helen Lagasse. There will be a cash bar for the event.

Concurrent On-Site Programming

WORKSHOP
YOUR DREAMS AS INSPIRATION FOR CREATIVE WRITING

3:45 p. m. — Venue be Announced
In Search of the Living Dream
This session will feature bestselling poet, essayist, and dream analyst Rodger Kamenetz, author of bestselling non-fiction work, The History of Last Night’s Dream. Participants will submit in advance samples of new poetry and a summary of a dream they had had recently. Kamenetz will teach methods for utilizing dream material in creative writing. Samples are to be submitted
to Faulkhouse@aol.com by November 10.
Workshop included in Writers’ Tuition Packages, sign-up for workshop, first come, first serve, limited to 20 persons for critiques. Other writers are invited to audit. Participation in critiques by unregistered writers, $50 per person.

Concurrent On-Site Programming

MANUCRIPT CRITIQUES BEGIN
3:45 p. m. — Orleans Room


5:15 p. m. — Front of Hotel Monteleone. Buses for writers who have reserved transportation to Loyola for Pan American Connections will leave promptly. Note: We will provide bus transportation to Loyola and back downtown for $25 per person.

BIG READ AND PAN AMERICAN CONNECTIONS EVENT
6:00 p. m. — Loyola University, Dana Hall

Immigration: Its Human Toll and Its Inspiration for the Arts and Cultural Enrichment
This session features Luis Alberto Urrea, Uriel Quesada, Ph.D. and Darrell Bourque.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMMING
CONCERT
6 p. m. — St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square

BIG READ/WORDS & MUSIC WELCOME PARTY
8:00 P.M. — Residence of Dr. Nia Terezakis, 740 St. Charles Avenue.

The 2014 BIG READ/Words & Music Welcome Party is a by-invitation only event at the residence of renowned dermatologist Dr. Nia Terezakis. A limited number of tickets for general public are available for $50 each. Paid, advance reservations are mandatory.

Friday, November 21

8:00 a. m — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS
Continental Breakfast with remarks about day’s events.

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES BEGIN
8:30 a. m. — Orleans Room


MASTER CLASS: PUBLISHING
8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
21st Century Selling, Publishing & Promotion Alternatives
This session will be led by Shari Stauch, and will feature John Köehler and Julie Smith.

9:30 a. m.
Intermission

BIG READ EVENT
WORKSHOP: COMPELLING CHARACTERS
9:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom

Creating Compelling Characters for Books, TV, and Film
Introduced by agent Michelle Brower, this session will feature successful screenwriters and novelists Carlton Eastlake and Loraine Despres.

11:15 a. m.
Intermission

WORKSHOP: SELLING YOUR ASSETS
11:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom

How to Get an Editor to Acquire Your Book
This session will feature Brenda Copeland and Katherine Center.

Concurrent Offsite Programming

BIG READ EVENT
MASTER CLASS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
10:30 a. m. — St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres St., Old Ursuline Convent Complex

Gaining Insight and Inspiration In the Face of Cultural Differences
Master of Ceremonies will be novelist George Bishop. Featured speakers will be Nghana Lewis, Ph.D., and Luis Alberto Urrea.

Noon — St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1100 Chartres St., Old Ursuline Convent Complex
Buses will arrive to pick up students

LITERATURE & LUNCH
1:00 p. m. — Riverview Room, Hotel Monteleone
Cash Bar Opens
1:15 p. m. — Iberville-Bienville Suite, West Mezzanine, Hotel Monteleone
Lunch Begins
The Art of the Memoir: First You Need A Great Tale to Tell
This session, led by Randy Fertel, features Caroline Clarke, Lawrence Wells,  and Zachary Lazar.

3:00 p. m.
Intermission

THE ART OF IMPROVISATION IN LIFE
3:15 p. m.
Following the Unknown Path
Featuring psychotherapist and craft artist Nitya Prema.

MASTER CLASS
3:45 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Getting the Right Agent and Working Successfully With an Editor
All participating agents and editors will participate; led by literary agent Jeff Kleinman.

KEYNOTE
6:00 p. m. — Riverview Room, Rood, Hotel Monteleone

The Art of Improvisation in Words, Music, and Life
Rebecca Snedeker
and Lawrence Powell, Ph.D, will discuss New Orleans as the epitome of improvisation, as an introduction to Randy Fertel, Ph.D.

7:00 p. m. — Riverview Room, Rood, Hotel Monteleone
Cocktail party. Included in writers, sponsors packages. $15 per person, general public.

Saturday, November 22

CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS

8:00 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Continental Breakfast , Announcements

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE
8:30 a. m. — Orleans Room

Concurrent Programming

MASTER CLASS:
CREATING LITERATURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

8:30 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Don’t Talk Down To Them! 
Introduced by Julian Pavia, this session will feature Thao Le and Heather Alexander.

9:45 a. m.
Intermission

MASTER CLASS
10:00 a. m.
Menage à Trois:The Important Three-way Affair of Author, Agent, and Editor
This year’s session will feature author Alex Sheshunoff, author of Paradise Misplaced, literary agent Jeff Kleinman of Folio Literary Management, and Tracy Bernstein, Executive Editor at New American Library, a division of Penguin Random House.

11:00 a. m.
Intermission

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE: NON-FICTION
11:15 a. m.
The role of Improvisation in creating works of art in narrative non-fiction.
This session will be led by Randy Fertel, Ph.D, and will feature narrative authors  Rien Fertel, Gregory Orfalea, Ph.D Caroline Clarke, Jane Satterfield, and Marilyn Moriarty.

12:30 p. m.
Intermission

BIG READ EVENT
LITERATURE & LUNCH
12:45 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Bienville/Iberville Suite, Mezzanine
Cash Bar Opens in the Bienville Room, followed by 1:00 p. m. Lunch
The Literature of Estrangement
This session will be a conversation between Zachary Lazar
and Mexican-born American author Luis Alberto Urrea. Invited to moderate is Dr. Nghana Lewis.

2:30 p. m.
Intermission

WORKSHOP: THE HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE
2:45 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Secrets to Success in Becoming a Screenwriter
This session will be introduced by Louisiana-born professional screenwriter and director Glen Pitre and will feature Mark Evan Schwartz.

4:00 p. m.
Intermission

THE MUSE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
4:15 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Reconnections: Dreamscape Musings of A Druid Shamanic Poet, Writer, Artist, and Expressive Arts Teacher
This session will feature Jungian trained Norwegian author and artist Liv Evensen.

THE MUSE ON THE MISSISSIPPI
4:3o p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Art of Improvisation in Creating Poetry
This session, led by Marjory Wentworth, will feature Claire Dixon, Darrell Bourque, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jane Satterfield, Andy Young, and José Torres Tama
. They will be introduced by poet Jade Hurter, an MFA candidate in poetry at UNO and new staff member of The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society.

6:00 p. m.
Intermission

BIG READ EVENT
DRINKS…AND ALL THAT JAZZ

6:00 p. m.
Queen Anne Ballroom
Cash Bar Opens
6:15 p. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
The Art of Improvisation in Music
Internationally noted music critic Stanley Crouch,will introduce and lead this session with Bruce Raeburn, Ph.D., Lawrence “Larry” Sieberth, and jazz clarinetist Tom Sancton, Following the discussion, the musicians will
perform together.

8:00 p. m.
Intermission

JAZZ AFTER HOURS AT THE NAPOLEON HOUSE
9:30 p. m. — Napoleon House, 500 Chartres St., Corner of St. Louis St.
Hanging out at One of the Big Easy’s Favorite Watering Holes
Tom Sancton
and his New Orleans Legacy Band will perform traditional jazz with plenty of improvisation. Musicians attending are invited to sit in.
The event will feature open bar, great food, and the pleasure of mingling in the company of great writers. 


Sunday, November 23

CAFÉ AU LAIT & CROISSANTS

8:00 a. m — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
Continental Breakfast, Announcements

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES CONTINUE
8:00 a. m. — Orleans Room
Concurrent On-site Programming

WORKSHOP: IMPROVISATION IN BOOK CONSTRUCTION
8:00 a. m.
Writing Out of Thin Air
Introduced by literary agent Deborah Grosvenor, this workshop will feature Rosemary Daniell.

9:30 a. m.
Intermission

IMPROVISATION & THE DRAMATIC ARTS
9:45 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
It’s just f——’ THERE!
Lessons of the Theatrical Improviser’s Art:
Parallel Universes, Synchronicity, and Depth Psychology’s “New” Erotic Cosmology

This paper will be presented by Alexandra Cichon, Ph.D.

FAULKNER &  FRIENDS 
10:00 a. m. — Queen Anne Ballroom
Lyle Saxon’s “The Centaur Plays Croquet,’’ an Improvised Life
This paper will be presented by Nancy Dixon, Ph.D.

10:15 a. m.
Intermission
Dr. Dixon will sign in the Book Mart, Bonnet Carre Room, adjacent to Queen Anne Suite

THE AESTHETICS OF LITERATURE
10:30 a. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom
The Experimental, Improvisational Art of William Faulkner
Famed music critic Stanley Crouch, and the Rev. Patrick Samway, S. J. will join Faulkner Society Co-Founder W. Kenneth Holditch, Ph.D.

11:30 a. m.
Intermission
Participating Authors will sign in Book Mart

LITERATURE & LUNCH
11:45 — Hotel Monteleone, Riverview Room, Rooftop
Cash Bar Opens
Noon
Lunch Begins
The Art of Improvisation in Writing Fiction
This session will be led by Moira Crone.
Joining Moira will be George Bishop, Jervey Tervalon, M.A. Harper, and M. O. Walsh.

1:45 p. m.
Intermission

BIG READ EVENT
SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS
Journey to the Sun
2:00 p. m. — St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Historic Ursuline Convent Complex, 1100 Chartres Street
Journey to the Sun
Noted biographer Gregory Orfalea, Ph.D. will be the featured author, interviewed by the Rev. William F. Maestri.

3:30 p. m. — Convent Garden
Tea with Dr. Orfalea and Father Maestri. Dr. Orfalea will sign at this event. Please purchase his book in advance from the festival book mart or Faulkner House Books, 624 Pirate’s Alley.

4:30 p. m.
Intermission

MASTER CLASS:
4:45 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone, Orleans Room

Mastering the Markets to Build a Platform for Publication
The session will be Led by Shari Stauch. Joining her will be Morgan Molthrop.

FAULKNER FOR ALL
7:30 p. m. — Hotel Monteleone
The 24th gala black-tie annual meeting of the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc.
Judges of the 2014 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition will present their winners,  runners-up, and finalists, and the Society will award its annual ALIHOT (A Legend In His/Her Own Time) Awards for literature, music, and philanthropy, with Morgan Molthrop acting as toastmaster. The event will be “The Last Word” of Words & Music, 2014 and will include cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Alexandra Cichon will be doing an
improv monologue.

AU REVOIR!
Until We Meet Again in 2015…

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