Become a Member/Donate

“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. Your generous donations keep ticket prices low and allow us to provide free programs for students and teachers. Membership is tax-deductible and donations start as low as $25 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 tickets, 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!