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Writing Workshops New Orleans 2025

In January 2025, immerse yourself in the art of storytelling amidst the vibrant, historic streets of New Orleans. Our New Orleans Writing Workshop Retreat gathers an intimate group of fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive four-night experience of creativity, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing.

Led by National Book Award-finalist Karen E. Bender and award-winning memoirist Robert Anthony Siegel, our program is designed to be intentionally small, ensuring personalized attention and a close-knit community atmosphere.

Set in the culturally rich landscape of New Orleans, each workshop will accept no more than 10 participants, fostering an environment of focused learning and exchange. Upon acceptance, writers are invited to submit two pieces of their work; one will be workshopped by your peers and instructor for group feedback, while the other is reserved for a private consultation with your workshop leader, offering tailored guidance on your writing journey.

Our daily craft talks, open to all participants, are led by our esteemed faculty. Whether you’re looking to hone your voice, deepen your understanding of literary craft, or navigate the path to publication, our workshops are designed to support your goals. We are committed to treating your writing with the seriousness it deserves, teaching the craft necessary for producing impactful and enduring work that resonates with readers far beyond the confines of the workshop.

At Writing Workshops New Orleans, surrounded by the city's historic charm and cultural vibrancy, our mission is to nurture your writing from the solitary confines of the drafting table into the warmth of a vibrant community. For four nights in January, we believe there is no more inspiring setting for this transformative experience than amidst the literary allure and dynamic atmosphere of New Orleans, a city celebrated for its rich cultural heritage and artistic spirit.

Applications for our Jan - Feb 2025 workshops are now open and close on August 1st!

Workshop Dates: 

January 29th - February 2nd, 2025

Though our admissions process is competitive and the quality of writing high, all interested writers are encouraged to apply.

2025  Workshop Faculty

Fiction Workshop Instructor Karen E. Bender is the author of two collections; Refund, which was a Finalist for the National Book Award, shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Story Prize, and Longlisted for the Story prize, and The New Order, which was Longlisted for the Story prize. A new collection, The Words of Dr.L and other stories, will be published by Counterpoint Press in May, 2025. Her novels are Like Normal People and A Town of Empty Rooms. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Ploughshares, Zoetrope, The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, Story, Guernica, and others, have been reprinted in Best American Short Stories and Best American Mystery stories and won three Pushcart prizes.

Nonfiction Workshop Instructor Robert Anthony Siegel is the author of a memoir, Criminals, and two novels, All Will Be Revealed and All the Money in the World. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian Magazine, The Paris Review, The Drift, The Oxford American, and Ploughshares, and has been anthologized in Best American Essays 2023, O. Henry Stories 2014, and Pushcart Prize XXXVI. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan, a Mombukagakusho Fellow in Japan, a Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and a Paul Engle Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Lodging at Henry Howard Hotel

Constructed in 1867 as a double-gallery townhouse by famed-architect Henry Howard, the Henry Howard Hotel has been reimagined into a boutique hotel with many of its original elements still standing. In this hotel, rich tradition meets modern-day design and like shrimp and grits, they just go together.

Class Size

Each genre workshop will have no more than 10 participants, led by the genre faculty instructor. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or faculty.

Fiction & Nonfiction Workshops:
Ahead of our arrival in New Orleans, fiction and nonfiction students will submit two manuscripts. One manuscript of up to 5,000 words will be critiqued in the group workshop and include letters of critique from your peers and instructor; your second manuscript of up to 5,000 words will be discussed in a one-on-one conference with your instructor in New Orleans. All writers can submit up to 10,000 words in total between their two manuscript submissions.

Schedule Overview

Wednesday, January 29th, 2025
3:00PM: Hotel check-in begins.
6:00PM: Free introductory dinner at the hotel.

Thursday, January 30th  - Saturday, February 1st, 2025
Mornings: Workshops and one-on-one instructor meetings.
Afternoons/Evenings: Lunch Break & free time. Optional afternoon seminar, led by faculty or staff. Optional evening activity and dinner.

Sunday, February 2nd, 2025
11:00AM: Final check-out at the Henry Howard Hotel.

Optional Evening activities:
Wednesday: Welcome Dinner
Thursday: Walking Tour of Garden District
Friday: Hands-on cooking class at New Orleans School of Cooking
Saturday: Reading and Happy Hour
**Details subject to change. Final version will be sent out roughly one month before the start of the workshop.

2025 Schedule Detail

**Details subject to change. Final version will be sent out by December 1st, 2024.**

Included Optional Evening Activities

Wednesday: Welcome Dinner at the Henry Howard Hotel

Kick off your New Orleans writing retreat with a warm welcome dinner at the elegant Henry Howard Hotel. Enjoy a delicious meal in a beautifully restored historic mansion, where you can meet and mingle with fellow writers and instructors in a relaxed and charming setting. This intimate gathering sets the stage for a week of creativity and camaraderie.

Thursday: Walking Tour of The Garden District and Lafayette Cemetery

Nestled within the heart of New Orleans lies the illustrious Garden District, a storied enclave renowned for its resplendent architecture, verdant landscapes, and vibrant cultural tapestry. Here, we will embark on a mesmerizing walking tour where the city's captivating past unfolds before our eyes. Meandering along tree-shaded avenues adorned with stately Greek Revival mansions, antebellum residences, and majestic oak trees, we'll be transported to an era of grandeur and charm. Our journey commences at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, a hauntingly beautiful resting place steeped in Gothic splendor and cinematic allure. From there, we'll amble through the district's enchanting streets, discovering hidden gems like quaint boutiques and the luxurious abodes of celebrities. Along the way, we'll delve into the district's rich literary heritage, tracing the footsteps of esteemed authors such as Anne Rice, Mark Twain, and George Washington Cable, whose words have woven themselves into the fabric of New Orleans' cultural identity. As we immerse ourselves in the allure of the Garden District, this walking tour offers a captivating glimpse into the city's soul. So, join us on this immersive journey through time and history, where every step reveals a new facet of New Orleans' enchanting Garden District.

Friday: Hands-on Cooking Class at New Orleans School of Cooking

Friday promises an unforgettable culinary escapade as we venture into the iconic French Quarter for an immersive, hands-on cooking experience with the esteemed New Orleans School of Cooking. Over three captivating hours, we'll hone our culinary skills and delve deep into the fascinating tapestry of New Orleans cuisine, unraveling its rich history and cultural significance. Guided by expert chefs, we'll embark on a gastronomic journey, preparing a mouthwatering array of dishes that showcase the diverse flavors of the region. From the hearty warmth of chicken & andouille gumbo to the tantalizing allure of BBQ Shrimp & Grits, each recipe will serve as a gateway to the soulful essence of Creole cooking. And as we indulge our senses in the delightful sweetness of bananas foster for dessert, we'll find ourselves transported to a realm where every bite tells a story of tradition and indulgence. Adding to our culinary adventures, a selection of complimentary beverages awaits, including wine, beer, soft drinks, iced tea, and lemonade, ensuring nobody departs with an empty stomach. So, join us as we embark on this epicurean odyssey through the flavors and traditions that define the culinary landscape of New Orleans.

*Please let us know at least two weeks before the cooking class if you have any dietary restrictions.

Saturday: Reading & Happy Hour Followed by Farewell Dinner

Celebrate the culmination of your New Orleans writing workshop with an evening of readings and revelry. Share your work and listen to your peers' pieces during our reading session, followed by a lively happy hour. Conclude the night with a memorable farewell dinner, savoring delectable cuisine while reflecting on the week’s experiences and newfound friendships.


Tuition is $2,995 for your own room, or $2,295 to share a room with two double beds. Tuition includes the following:

  • Lodging in your own room at Henry Howard Hotel for 5 days, 4 nights 
  • Complimentary breakfast featuring coffee, tea, OJ, and pastries from a local bakery 
  • 3-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 10 writers, led by program faculty 
  • Critical feedback on writing submissions 
  • Daily craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars 
  • One-on-one conference with faculty 
  • Walking tour of the Garden District on Thursday 
  • Dinner and drinks on the first night at the hotel. 
  • Hands-on cooking class with New Orleans School of cooking Friday including dinner and drinks. 
  • Happy hour drinks during the reading on our final night.
  • Please Note: lunch each day and dinner on Thursday and Saturday are not included in the price of tuition.

Testimonials For Our Destination Retreats

"Writing Workshops Paris was an unforgettable, dare I say, 'life-changing' experience for me. I was astounded by the quality of instruction, the expertise of the staff, and the talent of my fellow participants. I learned so much during the workshop and made memories that will influence my writing for years to come. I would recommend it to anyone." -Emily N.

"Do this if you are serious about writing." -Jeannette B.

"There's not enough words to fully describe how amazing this workshop retreat was for me. Between the instructors, the city, the feedback, and the writing -- I was in writerly heaven. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to experience it, because it's something I will remember forever." -Jade E.

"The combination of high-caliber writers and exciting locations is what drew me in. I had no idea just how life changing my time in Dublin would be. I came home with lasting friendships, meaningful memories and thoughtful suggestions to improve my work in progress. I'd recommend these workshops to any writer." -Carol D.

"When I applied for Writing Workshops Dublin, I was hoping for an inspirational experience to revitalize my writing. The workshop completely exceeded my expectations, not only because of the transformative feedback I received in the workshop but also because of the friendships I came away with. While rigorous and intensive, the week was also relaxing and full of fun, exactly what I needed to come back to my writing with energy. Thank you for such a wonderful experience! " - Alexa D.

"As someone new to writing non-fiction, I found the Dublin Workshop to be extremely helpful. Not only did I get thorough and helpful feedback on my own work, but the general group discussions on writing and publishing were very informative. Dublin also provided a perfect literary backdrop for the workshop, and the schedule - with a combination of workshop time, one-on-one time with the instructor, free time, and excursions - was perfect. I will definitely do another workshop in the future!" -Dana Z.

"Writing Workshops Dublin is wonderful in every way. Blake and Mike thought through the details of workshops, craft talks, one-on-ones, tours followed by dinners, the hotel’s location, and probably more that happened behind the scenes. They are gracious, generous, and funny! The workshop facilitators, Stuart and Diana, are personable and generous with their knowledge and experience. The other writers are now friends and writing buddies. I left Dublin full of happy memories and with a stronger vision for my novel-in-progress. Thank you for an outstanding week!" -Jenn G.

"Writing Workshops Dublin was far and beyond the best workshop I've attended in a very long time. The city of Dublin was the perfect place to home in on my current projects with a group of talented, dedicated writers. The workshop instructors were the best I've worked with. I will never forget what I gained during that short week, and will keep in touch with so many of the people I met. Thank you for an incredible experience!" -Anne H.

"I arrived in Dublin for the Writing Workshop a little uncertain about how it was going to work. It was my first time in a nonfiction workshop, and I only knew one other person. The experience exceeded my expectations: the meticulous planning and organization, the participants, and particularly, the instructors. Diana Spechler (my nonfiction workshop instructor) was a joy: straight-forward, knowledgeable, supportive and accessible. I left with a solid sense of how to approach my nonfiction work, but more importantly, I greatly appreciated Diana's support of my work in general. I would recommend the Writing Workshop in Dublin to anyone who wants to combine a week of exploration, history, new friends, and terrific instruction ." -Joanna S.

"The Dublin Workshop more than delivered on its promise. Great, insightful discussions in the workshops, an invaluable one-on-one opportunity with a world-class novelist, and a new circle of talented and supportive writing partners." -Rita M.

"I had no idea what to expect on my trip; I'd never been to Paris, and while the workshop schedule seemed really interesting - filled with activities and free time to explore as I liked - I had no idea how much I would love every day I was part of the group. Blake and Mike went out of their way to make sure each group member was getting everything they possibly could from the experience. The excursions were fun and informative, the workshops inspiring and valuable. I would absolutely take another Writing Workshop trip again as soon as possible!" -Kristin P.

"This was an absolutely wonderful experience. I learned so much in a short amount of time and made some great friends along the way. I will definitely come back!" -Anne G.

"I would do Writing Workshops Paris all over again if I could. It's a beautiful, almost-a-week long experience spent honing your craft, learning new skills, connecting with writers from around the world, and exploring Paris, a city with such incredible literary history. The experience has energized me about my writing and left me inspired." Amanda D.

"The workshop exceeded my expectations. The communication was excellent leading up to it, and Writing Workshops was on top of every detail. The nonfiction workshops was incredibly instructive and helpful, and I feel I learned a lot. The hotel was in a wonderful section of Paris, and the evening activities brought us closer as a group. The whole experience was life-changing (without sounding overly dramatic) and gratifying." -Ethan J.

"I am a published novelist, critic and journalist and taking a nonfiction workshop was really out of my comfort zone. I knew I'd learn something and become a better writer because of it, but I honestly didn't think I'd do anything with creative nonfiction beyond this week. Thanks to Chloe and my wonderful, encouraging cohort, I have changed my mind and am going to pursue creative nonfiction alongside my other writing endeavors. And of course, Paris is a positively dreamy place to write, walk, eat, drink and get inspired!" -Lauren W.

"Hands down the best workshop feedback I’ve ever received. I felt so lucky to be a part of this workshop and really enjoy the friendships I forged." - Ben H.

"Writing Workshops in Paris was so amazing! Getting to spend all week working on essays and then by evening exploring the city on foot or bicycle?! Iconic! Loved getting to meet fellow writers, work with established literary stars, and the reading on the Seine was the perfect farewell! Highly recommend to anyone who is looking to write and explore Paris!" -Emily V.

"I’ve been to a number of workshops in my writing career, and this one was by far the most inspiring! Not only was it right in the middle of literary Paris, but it attracted a diverse and wonderful group of writers. More than the city, their encouragement  and critiques gave me such confidence in my work. I hope to take them, and Paris, along for many stories and novels to come. -Sage M."

"A week in Paris, in July, is there anything better? Yep, a non-fiction writing workshop with Mike and Blake! I learned, laughed, and drank a lot! My cohort was wonderful; I've made pals with a bunch of talented, supportive writers, and I can't wait to buy all their books and promote them on social media. Chloe Caldwell was fantastic, as expected, and I've come away from Paris with five weeks' worth of content for my Substack, a plan for my book, and the confidence that I'm not actually that bad at this writing lark!" -Becky C.

"Writing Workshops Paris absolutely made my summer! Both the staff and the participants were lovely, and all of the workshops, seminars, and optional activities were well-planned and well-executed.It was the perfect Parisian vacation, but with a slew of great suggestions on how to improve my writing for publication, and the added take away of what I feel will be lifelong friends and professional connections. I cannot overstate how much fun I had, and I'm returning home inspired and eager to apply all of the feedback I received to my work". - Becky R.

"Writing Workshops Paris was the ultimate vehicle for me to realize my dream of finally seeing Paris, while re-igniting my passion for writing and connecting me with such a wonderful new writing community!" -Dhana M.

"For me, as a yet-unpublished writer, it was a great introduction to the world of workshopping. I felt comfortable sharing my stories with this helpful, diverse and dedicated group. And even though I'm daunted by the amount of work I have ahead of me, I'm inspired to start combining my stories into a memoir--something I hadn't considered before." -Sue P.

"Immersion into the artistic Parisian culture with a small community of like-minded aspiring writers was nothing short of inspirational. How wonderful it was to escape the ordinary, explore the extraordinary, and revel in the craft of writing --for the sheer joy of it--in the heart of beautiful Paris." -Estee C.

"This workshop exceeded my expectations. The classroom critiques and instructor one-on-ones were extremely helpful, the people were wonderful, and the atmosphere was inviting. It was an experience I'm so glad I didn't miss." - Carissa C.

"WWP was the first workshop I attended. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to receive constructive feedback on my book-in-progress from both Diana and my new writing community! Merci, merci." -Christina K.

"Writing Workshops Paris was my first professional workshop,and it won't be my last! Aside from the magic of being in Paris, which cannot be understated, the amazing people I met were the best part of the week. I left with unexpected friendships that I will have for life,and a fresh motivation to finish my novel. My approach to my writing has been invigorated and my motivation renewed, and I feel connected to this amazing community of writers in a way I never expected. What an amazing week of inspiration and history, great writing and incredible people. Thank you so much for a life-changing week!" -Kerrin S.

"Chloe, I want to thank you again for such a wonderful workshop. I really appreciated the time and skillset you brought as a facilitator and am very grateful for your feedback on my work, as well as recommended resources.." -Brenna K.

"The Paris workshop was inspirational.  The setting was liberating as a writer, and leadership was always in good humor, organized and helpful.  The feedback has given me a good direction  for my work." -Janice H.

"An unforgettable time at the Paris Writing Workshop. Wonderful facilitators, knowledgable instructors. The information was so helpful to my writing. Plus, there was the unexpected joy of bonding with fellow writers. Blake and Mike did an outstanding job. My only complaint was it was too short!" -Leslie R.

"The workshop gave me invaluable knowledge and insight into the art of writing. And even better that we got to do it is Paris!" -Karl H.

"My grateful heart overflows for Writing Workshops Paris. Everyone I met was so supportive (we still keep in touch!) and willing to share their critiques, encouragements, ideas, and books with me. For a week I could forget how lonely the writing process can be and find community in a beautiful city." -Gabriele H.

"Wonderful opportunity to visit and write in a new place, all while learning from some amazing instructors!" -Uwana I.

"Paris! The perfect place to dive deep into a writing practice, but also learn how to sustain that practice for a nourishing life. Wonderful instructors, sharp and funny cohort members, high-level writing and feedback...and, even more, connections to endure beyond the trip. What more could you ask for?" -Allyson N.

"Blake and Mike are two of the most efficient purveyors of fiction workshops I've had the pleasure of taking part in--as are their instructors. But I guess that is to be expected since like attracts like. Bravo performance." -Helen C.

"This workshop exceed my expectations. I am a former journalist and an academic and it is sometimes hard to get out of my own head. I want to write for a wider public while still showing some of my expertise. I think the times demand it. We must care about the next person. Your workshop gave me some skills that will help me toward that end. I met some incredible writers and Isaac Fitzgerald. What to say? Not only is he an incredible writer, he is an amazing human being. I feel blessed to have met him. He's the world's biggest cheerleader/community builder and knows the craft of writing takes work but is doable." -Sharony G.

"Coming to Iceland for the Workshop helped me achieve an important breakthrough in a project I've been trying to finish. The beauty of the location, the support of the writing cohort, and the quality of the instruction made all the difference!" -Lori F.

"Writing Workshops Iceland allowed me to reconnect with myself as a writer and to be in community with others who naturally understand my love for my craft. I learned. I had fun. I grew as a writer and a person. It was a perfect experience. I can't wait for the next trip!" -Bowie R.

"If you've ever thought about taking time to focus on your writing and building your writing community, don't hesitate to consider one of these writing workshops. The community we built over the week in Iceland was incredible. I'm calling this a 'trip of a lifetime' because it truly was an unforgettable experience. I will cherish this week for years to come. I cannot wait to participate in another workshop in the future. Thank you to Mike and Blake for creating such a unique and rewarding experience." Christine G.

"Writing Workshops is the perfect balance of inspirational travel and classroom camaraderie—a wonderful option for any writer with a sense of adventure who is looking to explore their work in a group setting." Isaac F.

"The Iceland Writing Workshop is a unique opportunity to hone your craft in the company of other dedicated authors, while immersed in the beauty of this intriguing island." - Jennifer C.

"I gained encouragement, inspiration, and plenty of wonderful memories during my time in Iceland!" Brenna H.

Program Staff

Executive Director Blake Kimzey worked as a bicycle tour guide in Paris in his 20s. He is the founder of and has an MFA from UC Irvine. Blake sits on the Board of the Elizabeth George Foundation and his fiction has been broadcast on NPR and published by Tin House, McSweeney’s, VICE, Longform, Redivider, Short Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, The Los Angeles Review, The Masters Review, and The Best Small Fictions. Blake’s collection of short tales, Families Among Us, was published by Black Lawrence Press. He also co-wrote, with Kyle Minor, a dramatic WWII movie about the war-time actions of Polish underground hero Jan Karski, set for production in 2025.

Operations Director Mike Franz was General Manager and Tour Guide at Fat Tire Bike Tours, Paris, for seven years. His tours were featured on Rick Steves-Paris, The Independent-UK, and the television show 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Mike taught government, economics, and public speaking for ten years at Headwaters High School in Austin, Texas, where he won teacher-of-the-year award after his first year of teaching.

Application & General FAQ

What is the application deadline?

Applications for our 2025 New Orleans Workshops will close on August 1st, 2024. Due to volume, early applications are encouraged.

What will my application include? 

  • Brief bio informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community, as well as any prior or forthcoming publications (500 words max).
  • Purpose statement explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops New Orleans. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that you might choose to workshop. (500 words max.)
  • Writing sample excerpt. This does not have to be published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan to workshop. Complete works under the word count are not required; excerpts are acceptable. (writing sample should be no more than 3000 words max.)
  • Early applications are encouraged.

When will I know if I've been accepted to the workshop?

We cap our workshop participation at 10 writers in each genre cohort for the week. Our goal is to provide an intimate, rigorous workshop environment so that participants can come to New Orleans and find meaningful connections and excellent feedback on their work. Due to the volume of applications and competitive acceptance, writers are encouraged to apply early. We employ a reading committee of professional writers and editors, and applicants will be notified after the application window closes.

How much does it cost?

Tuition is $2,995 for your own room or $2,295 to share a room with two double beds. If your application is accepted, full tuition is due within 14 days. Upon acceptance, you will have the option to pay your tuition in full or opt for a payment plan by selecting Affirm at checkout.

What is your refund policy for the workshop in New Orleans?

Given the intimate nature of our destination workshops and our own, non-refundable deposit schedule as organizers, our refund policy is as follows: 

90+ days before your trip, tuition payment minus a $900 deposit is fully refundable.  

60+ days before your trip: 50% of your tuition is refundable.  

30+ days before your: 25% of your tuition is refundable.  

Less than 30 days before your trip: no refunds can be offered.

By making your tuition payment in full, you agree to these terms.

What does tuition include? 

-Lodging in your own room at Henry Howard Hotel for 5 days, 4 nights
-Complimentary breakfast featuring coffee, tea, OJ, and pastries from a local bakery
-3-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 10 writers, led by program faculty
-Critical feedback on writing submissions
-Daily craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars
-One-on-one conference with faculty
-Walking tour of the Garden District on Thursday
-Dinner and drinks on the first night at the hotel.
-Hands-on cooking class with New Orleans School of cooking Friday including dinner and drinks.
-Happy hour drinks during the reading on our final night.

Please Note: lunch each day and dinner on Thursday and Saturday are not included in the price of tuition.

Are Payment Plans Available?

Yes. Accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.

Are Scholarships Available?

Unfortunately, we do not have the ability to offer scholarships for this workshop. However, we do have payment plans available at checkout. 

Where is the hotel and workshop venue?

Constructed in 1867 as a double-gallery townhouse by famed-architect Henry Howard, the Henry Howard Hotel has been reimagined into a boutique hotel with many of its original elements still standing. In this hotel, rich tradition meets modern-day design and like shrimp and grits, they just go together.

What is your COVID policy?

It is the responsibility of attendees of Writing Workshops New Orleans to have the appropriate documentation required and to meet any COVID vaccination requirements implemented by the state of Louisiana. If the state of Louisiana forbids entry to their state for the dates of Wednesday, January 29th - Sunday, February 2nd, 2025, Writing Workshops will offer a full refund for program fees. Writing Workshops will not reimburse for any airline tickets or additional trip-related expenses incurred. If the New Orleans writing workshop takes place on the dates planned, no program fees will be reimbursed, regardless of attendance.

What will you do with my email?

We respect your privacy. We won't sell or rent your email to other organizations.

I have a question not answered here.

Please contact us and we’ll reply promptly.

Terms & Conditions

Our January 2025 in-person Writing Workshop in New Orleans for fiction and nonfiction writers is dedicated to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for all participants and is not a place for behavior that is inappropriate, off-topic, disruptive, abusive, or illegal. defines inappropriate behavior as any conduct that undermines the integrity of the workshop, including written, verbal, or physical abuse or threats, the use of derogatory or discriminatory language, gestures, or actions, any form of harassment, racism, sexism, or any other targeted comments which may violate any local, state, federal, or international laws, or cause harm to another participant before, during, or after the workshop, whether in-person in New Orleans, at associated events, through the website or social media channels, during any online component of the workshop, or through any other method of communication. reserves the right, at its discretion, to take appropriate action against any individual(s) or group(s) it believes do not meet the standards set forth in this Code of Conduct, including, without limitation, revoking the violating parties' admission without refund. During in-person sessions, expects all attendees to adhere to public health guidelines relevant to safety, hygiene, and any identified pandemic-level communicable illnesses (including COVID-19), such as social distancing, hand washing, staying home if feeling unwell, and other disease prevention measures. Should you observe or experience a violation of this Code of Conduct, please contact is committed to assessing the situation and responding promptly. Notifying does not substitute for notifying local law enforcement of suspected violations of the law. All such suspicions should be reported to local authorities. For emergencies, dial the local emergency number immediately. For non-emergencies, local law enforcement contact details will be provided in the workshop materials. By registering for the workshop, participants agree to abide by these terms and contribute to a welcoming and productive environment for all.

By participating in the January 2025 In-Person Writing Workshop in New Orleans for fiction and nonfiction writers, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication, irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by or the person or entity designated to do so by You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before participating in the January 2025 In-Person Writing Workshop in New Orleans. By registering for this workshop, you agree to these terms.

By paying your tuition to attend the January 2025 Writing Workshop in New Orleans, hosted by, for fiction and nonfiction writers, you hereby acknowledge your participation in the event. You understand and agree that, its organizers, affiliates, and agents (collectively, the "Organizers") are not responsible for any injuries, illnesses, damages, theft, or loss of life that may occur during the workshop or as part of any related activities. You recognize that participation in the workshop involves certain risks and you engage in these activities voluntarily, at your own risk. You hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue the Organizers from any and all claims, demands, liabilities, rights, or causes of action that arise from or are in any way related to any injuries, death, or damages, both physical and emotional, that may occur during or as a result of your participation in the workshop. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering and participating in the Writing Workshop in New Orleans, January 2025, organized by By paying your tuition, you explicitly agree to these terms. For more information or inquiries, please contact