“The Festival is a powerful magnet bringing together literary and social elements specific to the great city of New Orleans and the country in general. My participation not only gave me a new understanding of Mr. Williams’ work, but a deeper connection to this rich and rejuvenating cultural capital.” — John Patrick Shanley, Pulitzer-winning playwright of Doubt

As a nonprofit organization, we depend on the kindness of friends like you to make our festival and other programs possible. Portions of your membership are tax-deductible and start as low as $50 a year!

Your Festival membership helps to:
  • Bring more than 130 authors, actors, and musicians to the Festival for a five-day extravaganza
  • Provide professional writing education to more than 200 area students
  • Support year-round literary programs in the community
  • Contribute nearly a million dollars to the city in economic impact
  • Nurture up-and-coming literary and theatrical talent

Our members enjoy fabulous perks! Free passes, opportunities to mingle with the literati at VIP events, Festival merchandise, and public recognition, to name a few. We look forward to welcoming you into our family of Friends!

There are two ways you can become a member and contribute to the Festival.
  1. Become a member online.
  2. Become a member by phone. Call 504-581-1144 to speak with a staff member.

Donations of any amount are appreciated. Make a one-time gift or a monthly gift, whatever fits your budget. If you’d like to set up an automatic monthly donation, please call our office. We’ll be happy to set it up!