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Friday, April 11, 2014

Jambalaya Writer's Conference

I just attended the Jambalaya Writer's Conference for the third year in a row.
This year, the 11th annual Jambalaya Writers’ Conference and Book Fair took place on March 22, 2014 at theTerrebonne Parish Main Library in Houma, Louisiana with New York Times best-selling author Adriana Trigiani as keynote speaker.
Trigiani, award-winning author of the Big Stone Gaptrilogy and Lucia, Lucia, has written plays and television scripts. She is a documentary filmmaker, as well. 
Other presenters included prolific bestselling novelis tHeather Graham, Barefoot Books editor Katie De PalmaThe Night of the Comet author George Bishop, Jr., Love Finds You in New Orleans author Christa Allan and Kid Chef Eliana, among others.
Conference registration for the one-day event is only  $35. A Novel Excerpt Contest and a Poetry Contest are held in conjunction with the conference and have additional entry fees for interested participants - about $5 each.
Attendees are able to network with other accomplished and aspiring writers, editors and publishers. The Book Fair provides a variety of both professional development volumes and reading materials for pleasure.
Support for the conference comes from a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council. The Arts Council of New Orleans administered the grant.
Doors open at 7:30 a.m with the first session kicking off at 8:30 a.m. The event runs until 5 p.m. at the beautiful Terrebonne Parish Main Library, 151 Library Drive in Houma. For details on next years conference, look for the facebook page. They start planning in May.
Have you been to this conference? What has been your favorite conference to attend?


Sharon Bradshaw said...

Hi, Sylvia. I enjoyed reading Adriana Trigiani's trilogy and Lucia Lucia. It sounded like an interesting conference. It's great to meet you on the A-Z!

Karen Rush said...

I attended this conference for the first time. LOVED it! Found the presenters to be informative, approachable, and very encouraging. I won 3rd place in the novel contest ... now, THAT was fun!