Hello Festival Friends! It’s spring again and we hope to see you this year for our 29th annual event. This year can boast a particularily wonderful line-up, so please join us if you can March 25-29th!

If you are interested in volunteering this year (and we really hope you are!) please keep reading carefully.


Q. How do I sign up for volunteer shift?
A. Please click the link above and sign up in the same way you would purchases a ticket. It is free to sign up and each 5 hour shift gives you a FREE panel pass ($75 value) that admits you to over 25 events during the Festival weekend including all panels, conversations, The Palooka Film Screening, the one-act play readings and the scholars conference.

Q. I want to go to a certain event, can I volunteer then?
A. Please do NOT sign up during a shift that occurs during an event that you would like to attend as we cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to that location.

Q. I would like more information about the Festival, is there an orientation?
A. A one-hour orientation/training (encouraged, but not mandatory) will be held two times before the Festival, Wednesday March 18 at 4pm and one Saturday March 21st at 11am at the Hotel Monteleone. Please check in the Hotel Monteleone Lobby for orientation meeting room. A full program is online attennesseewilliams.net

Q. Is there a volunteer dress code?
A. We suggest dressy casual (no jeans, no sneakers). Assignments for volunteering vary and include collecting/checking tickets, giving info, and helping with concessions.

Please note your ?sign up ticket time? as your shift is your responsibility – we truly do depend on the immense “kindness of strangers” to make this event a success. Please feel free to forward this email to friends who may be interested.



With its many Master Classes, literary panels, special theater presentations, and exciting venues in the French Quarter, the Festival promises to live up to USA Today’s assertion that “the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival is one of the best in the country.”

We could not produce this event if it weren’t for our dedicated volunteers and site managers. With that in mind, each year we at the Festival office rely “on the kindness of strangers.”

In the months leading up to the Festival, we will begin seeking volunteers for all aspects of the festival. We will need ushers and ticket takers for the panels and special events. We will need smiling faces to assist our box office staff and information desk. Other positions include guest registration, messengers, runners, concessions, and party assistants.

Volunteer benefits include one free panel pass for each 4 to 5-hour shift, (special events and theatre presentations excluded), and more. Shifts are flexible, as are locations.

It is a great opportunity to meet great people while attending New Orleans’ most famous literary festival. A volunteer orientation will be held prior to the event. For more information on volunteering, revisit this page during the months of February and March when our volunteer signup is live, or sign up for our e-newsletter.