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Words & Music Pricing

2016-RegistrationWe realize that the pricing schedule for Words & Music is complicated because of the exciting array of events we are presenting for you. This year’s pricing represents an attempt to simplify somewhat!

Winners of our competition are our guests for the festival, including lunches. The only extras for winners are limited registration workshops.

Runners-up in our competition are our guests for writers tuition package but must pay for their own travel and for lunches and limited registration workshops.

Other finalists are eligible for 50% discounts. Semi-finalists are eligible for 25% discounts.

Bonafide students with current student IDs or teacher nomination letters are eligible for complimentary discussion passes. Complimentary Discussion Packages  do not include manuscript critiques or tickets for any food and wine events or limited registration workshops.  There are no discounts for anyone on food and wine events tickets or limited registration workshops.

In addition to the Words & Music writers tuition and all-events packages, you may also choose on an a la carte basis from a variety of luncheon and evening events which feature music, food, and wine. Please note that our prices have not changed. The Writers Tuition Package, includes all events except Literature & Lunch sessions, After Hours at the Napoleon House, and Faulkner for All. Please note the list of inclusions and discounts within the package blurb.

For information about registering for critiques with agents and editors, go here.

We have a variety of package prices if you want to participate in most or all of the festive. You may also, however, buy a single ticket for a single event.

For credit card reservations, you may register on-line registration at our secure on-line tickets sale site coming soon. Please note that we do not take on-line credit card payment for orders of less than $50. You may register by credit card or check in advance directly with us by printing and completing a registration form and mailing to us with check at Words & Music, Faulkner House, 624 Pirate’s Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116. Mailed Reservations must be accompanied by a reservations form. Individual event tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or ordered in advance with credit card or check payment.

Writers please note: There are discounts on some events for writers registered purchasing tuition packages. These discounts will be reflected where applicable on this page.

Refunds: Full refunds are available on cancellations prior to
October 10, 2016. With regard to registration for tuition and sponsorship packages and workshops, please be certain you wish to register, as we are unable to refund for registrations cancelled after October 10, 2016. Writers forced to cancel after that date will be given full credit for the amount of their registration toward participation in Words & Music, 2017.

Pricing and other details for any additional events of the conference will be posted as soon as schedules of presenters and other details have been determined.

Festival Fees

(Writers): $475
There is a 50% discount for BONA FIDE STUDENTS, registering timely (before October 22, 2013). Students must present current, valid student ID with a dated and signed letter of confirmation from a creative writing or English professor at an accredited college or university. Finalists of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Competition also are eligible for a 50% discount. Authors who attended Words & Music, 2014 and paying full package price, and who register by October 22, may take a $25 discount on writers’ tuition packages only. 

This package includes:

  • Theme discussions, except Literature & Lunch sessions.
  • All Aesthetics of Literature sessions.
  • How to Read Faulkner and Love it! 
  • All master classes.
  • All workshops for writers, except specified limited registration workshops with hands-on critiques of work submitted in advance.
  • Agent & Editor critiques and one-on-one consultations(one editor critique and consultation; one agent critique and consultation).
  • Writers Alliance Meeting with Wine and Nibbles.
  • Welcome Party.
  • Faulkner for All!
  • Discounts on ticket prices for Literature & Lunch, and After Hours events. 

Entertainment/food & wine events are priced separately and are not included in Writer Tuition Package. Competition winners and finalists are our guests for Friday evening’s Faulkner for All events. Winners of the Faulkner Wisdom Competition WINNERS are our guests for all events, except Limited Registration Workshops and extra manuscript critiques. 

SPECIAL: 3-day, limited registration, hands-on literary arts workshops
NEW for 2016, each workshop will be limited to 12 people per workshop. Each workshop will be taught from 3 different perspectives: author, agent, and acquiring editor.  The price of each workshop is $150 per person for the three days.

These workshops are not included in the Writer Tuition Packages offered by the festival. The Working Titles of the Workshops are: (Subject to Change prior to October 1)

  • Epiphany and Redemption: Characters and Climax
  • Bringing the Long Dead Back to Vibrant Life: Writing Historical Fiction
  • Memorializing Bigger Than Life and Ordinary People: Constructing Biographies & Memoirs
  • The Fine Line Between Bodice Rippers and Literary Romances: Handling Sex and Romance in Literature
  • Short & Sweet: The Art of the Short Story and Novella
  • Revealing the Old Verities and Truths of the Heart: Universality of Appeal in Fiction and Narrative Non-fiction
  • I know that Person: the Art of Narrative Voice and Character Development

Depending on presenters, one of these workshops could changed to a master class. Each workshop will be a total of 9 hours of instruction, 3 hours per day. There will be a bathroom/refreshment break for each session. There will be three morning workshops, 8:30 to 11:30 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and three afternoon workshops, 2:00 to 5:00 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). Each three-day
workshop is $150 per person.  Each workshop is limited to a maximum of 12 persons.

Deadline for registration for limited registration workshops is  October 15, as is the deadline for registering and submitting manuscripts for the one-on-one critique sessions with agents and editors.

$200 /$100 for Special Friends and Patrons of Faulkner Society

This fee includes all discussions, workshops (except Limited Registration Workshops), and master classes. (NOTE: Manuscript Critiques and Consultations with agents and editors are not included. Entertainment/Luncheon events are priced separately and are not included in these packages. Hotel accommodations not included.

A limited number of All Events scholarships are available to Louisiana writers only. Contact for details.

$800.00 ($1,000 if all events purchased separately)

One ticket to every event of Words & Music, including master classes, lunches and evening entertainment! Note: registration packages specifically do not include hotel accommodations or limited registration workshops. For academics registering, opportunities for submitting papers on topics related to this year’s themes are included in registration packages. Winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom competition receive as part of their prize the complete All Events Package. Not included in winners packages are any extra manuscript critiques.

 ($2,000 if all tickets purchased separately)
Two tickets to every event of Words & Music. Persons who purchase Duo packages by September 25, 2010 will be listed as sponsors in the festival program. Note:registration packages specifically do not include hotel accommodations, and limited registration workshops. Note: for academics registering, opportunities for submitting papers on topics related to this year’s themes will be included in registration packages.

$2,900 ($4,000 if all tickets purchased separately)

Four tickets to every event of Words & Music. Purchasers will be listed as sponsors in festival program. Sponsors will be invited to a private event for Tim O’Brien.Note:registration packages specifically do not include hotel accommodations, and limited registration workshops. Note: for academics registering, opportunities for submitting papers on topics related to this year’s themes will be included in registration packages.

A la carte items are shown on the registration form that you can view/download (click HERE or on the image above). Or, visit our Register Now page for more info.

Contact us at for special pricing for group packages for more than 12 persons.








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