Summer Ticket Special: 20% Off VIP All-Access Passes

Summer Ticket Special: 20% Off VIP All-Access Passes

“I don’t want realism. I want magic!” – Tennessee Williams

We’re striving for magic as we move towards our 28th annual Festival on March 19-23, 2014. And for a limited time only, you can enjoy it all for a discounted price of $395!

We’re offering a Summer Ticket Special, 20% off our VIP All-Access Pass* (regularly $500). With your pass, enjoy access to literary panels, master classes, theatre events, musical performances, and culinary presentations. (Pictured: A performance at 2013’s A Tennessee Williams Songbook. Photo by Ride Hamilton.)

Best of all, the VIP All-Access Pass grants you access to non-ticketed parties with festival speakers and distinguished guests. Buy your ticket now, offer ends August 31.

Our 2014 literary program is shaping up with poets, prize-winners and Festival favorites. Here are some of the authors and performances that we have planned:

  • Dorothy Allison: The National Book Award finalist for Bastard Out of Carolina, Allison will return to the Festival to teach a master class on performance and prose.
  • Alicia Anstead: Editor-in-chief of The Writer, experienced reporter and all-around literary artist will break down the uses of social media and narrative writing, amongst other pressing issues of making it as a writer today.
  • Darrell Bourque: Former Louisiana Poet Laureate will interview Robert Pinsky and discuss the state of contemporary poetry in Louisiana, and further afield.
  • Emily Raboteau: Author of the memoir Searching for Zion, named as one of the “Best Books of 2013” by The Huffington Post will help you plan your own memoir.
  • Justin Torres: Dorothy Allison called Torres’ debut novel We the Animals “a miracle in concentrated pages, you are going to read it again and again.” He’ll offer wisdom on crafting pristine prose.
  • Megan Abbott: The Edgar-winning author’s latest novel, Dare Me, was chosen by Amazon as one of the Best Books of 2012. Abbott will share the tricks of effective mystery writing.
  • Robert Pinsky: Former Poet Laureate will anoint the winner of our 2014 Poetry Contest, and discuss his poetry career.
  • Victor LaValleThe Washington Post called LaValle’s The Devil in Silver “a fearless exploration of America’s heart of darkness…a dizzying high-wire act.” He’ll share his thoughts on creating fiction with speculative, otherworldly flourishes.


  • Enjoy a full production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by the brilliant theatrical talents of the NOLA Project.
  • Take in Southern Rep’s presentation of The Night of the Iguana. 
  • Readings from our Fiction and Poetry Contest winners. There’s still time for you to enter!
  • Bring your pipes best “Stelllaaah!” for our Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest.
  • Check out new playwrights from our One-Act Play Contest.
  • and much more to come!

Check back on our website, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as they happen.

*VIP Pass excludes only our Wednesday evening fundraising event.