A Literary Feast in New Orleans
New and established writers join dedicated readers in a unique multi-arts festival sponsored by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, Inc., created in 1990 on William Faulkner’s birthday by men and women dedicated to good books and their authors, including Nobel Laureate William Faulkner, who wrote his first novel, Soldiers’ Pay, in New Orleans, LA.
Dates for 2017 are December 6 – 10.
Each year the Society selects a humanities theme for the sessions designed primarily for the general reading public. The 2017 theme is War & Collateral Damage in Literature and Life.
Given the new Cold War freeze between the United States and Russia and the serious threat once again of North Korea, the theme seems highly appropriate. We will be examining the consequences of American wars as they have impacted our literature and our lives. Good literature written about the wars that have embroiled Americans is about the only good result of these conflicts. And we will be looking at the causes of war, including religion, which is front and center of the current war
in Syria. Among our headliners for Words & Music, 2017 will be the noted religious scholar, bestselling non-fiction author, and television commentator Reza Aslan, whose new book
God will be released concurrent with the festival.
While the Society serves up an eclectic menu of serious literary topics for writers interested in improving their work and getting it published and for dedicated readers, we try to make reading and writing fun, combining our sessions with good food, good music, and humor. In 2015, for instance, Faulkner for All, our gala annual meeting fell on Halloween so we made it a costume party with guests appearing as literary figures. Last year, the dress code was “Bow Ties and Tiaras,” the tiaras
in honor of the famous Pulwood Queen, Kathy Murphy, founder of some 700 book clubs, who
delivered a humorous monologue on the arts of writing and reading.
Faulkner Society Chariman Anne Simms Pincus, left, came as Blaze, for instance, and the Society’s good friend from Charleston, Margaret Skinner, came as The Raven, while novelist Bret Lott, below, came as Tennessee Williams figure, “Big Daddy.”
Kathy Murphy, the Pulpwood Queen, and fans.
Writers should note that we are starting our programming on Wednesday with our Master Class for Students and Teachers in the morning and a terrific program in partnership with the Latin American Library at Tulane University in the Evening. The final session will be a Literature & Lunch session on Sunday.
Deadline for registration for manuscript critiques is October 10 and deadline for submitting pages for workshops is November 10. Review what is requested in the on-line schedule when it is updated.
Tuition packages for writers are $475 per person and include one critique session with an agent, one with an editor (or two editors if a writer already has an agent. Packages include all events of the festival, except Literature and lunch. The tuition package price is the same as for several years past. There is a significant bonus this year, however. In the past two of our most popular events, Jazz After Hours and Faulkner for All have not been included in the package. This year both events are included in the package. The other bonus for those registering for the package is that registered writers who want extra agent and editor critiques may register for those at $50 per each extra critique. (Persons not registered with tuition packages must pay $100 for one critique.)
Literature & Lunch sessions, which begin on Thursday are not included in the writers’ tuition packages. They are $60 per person or $200 for the package of four events.
Faulkner for All, our gala black tie annual meeting on Saturday evening, this year will have a semi-costume theme of “Bow ties and Tiaras,” with prizes for the best bow ties and tiaras. We came on this idea for two reasons, tiaras are trending with major fashion houses, such as St. Laurent, Gucci, etc. and to honor the Tiara-wearing, beauty and the book sharing, Kathy L. Murphy (formerly Patrick), founder of The Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club phenomenon, which began with one book club and is now a world-wide institution with more than 500 satellites. Kathy will be one of our headliners during the festival.
Winners of our competition are our guests for the festival, including lunches. The only extras for winners are workshops. Runners-up in our competition are eligible for 50% discounts on everything but lunches and workshops.
Semi-finalists are eligible for 25% discounts. Bonafide students with current student IDs or teacher nominations are eligible for complimentary discussion passes but must buy tickets for all food and wine events and must pay for manuscript critiques and workshops. There are no discounts for anyone on food and wine events.
For pricing and a downloadable registration form, visit Words & Music Pricing.