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Mar.11.2014
When our team decided to form PubSmart: Emerging Authors, Emerging Avenues, it was out of a sincere desire to offer an improved conference experience for authors and publishers. Our goal: To provide the most up-to-date industry information for writers so that they'll learn and understand what it...
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Sep.29.2011
  Imagine for a moment – five days in New Orleans – a city with so much creative energy you can practically feel it breathing beside you, like William Faulkner must have felt when lived there and wrote Soldier’s Pay. Then imagine 16 of the nation’s best and brightest agents and editors… AND...
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Mar.22.2011
The William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition opened for entries on January 1, 2011. The deadline for entries is May 1, 2011. Because administrators will be unavailable to receive and process a flood of entries on April 1 due to travel plans, the deadline has been...
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Nov.14.2010
The Faulkner Society’s Words & Music festival will open November 17 and adjourn following our Tall Tales Competition led this year by raconteur, humorist, and author Ken Wells Many writers have asked questions about the writers’ packages. The writers’ tuition packages include: A manuscript...
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Nov.07.2010
Besides over a dozen of the nation’s best and brightest agents and editors, this year’s Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans boasts no less than 75 author and scholar faculty members, the largest gathering of gliterati EVER in the Big Easy. The list includes: Gregory Anderson, MD...
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Sep.26.2010
Rebecca Wells, the much loved Louisiana actress, playwright, and author, will do a performance reading of her short story from the new anthology Best of LSU Fiction. Ms. Wells is a committed, vocal  activist in the crusade against wars. The author has graciously accepted our invitation to...
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Aug.30.2010
Faulkner House in Pirates Alley, New Orleans
624 Pirate's Alley in New Orleans, where Nobel Laureate William Faulkner lived in 1925 while writing his first novel, Soldiers' Pay. Photo by Josephine Sacabo. When disaster strikes, writers write. That's no secret. But a well-kept secret, at least outside the writing community, is why so many...
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Aug.30.2010
Faulkner House in Pirates Alley, New Orleans
624 Pirate's Alley in New Orleans, where Nobel Laureate William Faulkner lived in 1925 while writing his first novel, Soldiers' Pay. Photo by Josephine Sacabo. When disaster strikes, writers write. That's no secret. But a well-kept secret, at least outside the writing community, is why so many...
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Aug.28.2010
On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Sunday, August 29th, the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society will present readings of Katrina-related literature, featuring Times Picayune social editor and well known New Orleans actress Nell Nolan; noted literary fiction writer and poet John Biguenet,...
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Jun.01.2010
Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans officially opened registration today! Below are several "quick links" to get you started. Do note, they are still in the process of updating/adding SEVERAL author faculty members, and adding to the schedule... The info now available...
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May.04.2010
 Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans (November 17 - 21, 2010) has issued a Call for Papers on The Literature of War & Collateral Damage. The 2010 Humanities theme is The Literature of War & Collateral Dam­age. The conference offers programming designed for multiple audi­...
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Oct.10.2009
Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans takes place November 19-22. A feature of this year's conference will be the appearance of top-selling author, Dennis Lehane! Dennis Lehane grew up in the Dorchester section of Boston’s inner-city. Since his first novel, A Drink Before the War, won...
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Oct.06.2009
Let me tell you, it’s an amazing undertaking to put together a readers and writers conference that brings together the best contemporary authors, agents and editors, plus musical talent, all while honoring classic literature. But Faulkner Society’s Rosemary James and agent Michael Murphy have done...
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Nov.29.2008
Ted Turner with Roy Blount Jr.
It was a delightful four days spent in New Orleans at the recent Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans, and if you're a writer and haven't yet been there, all I can say is, "Get There SOON!" It wasn't just the phenomenal group of gathered editors and agents, though I have to...
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Nov.17.2008
A few months back, I'm working furiously on the new website for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society, typing in endless news about their participation in the "Big Read," featuring The Great Gatsby. And then it happens.After about the eightieth time I type "Gatsby" it occurs to me...
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