Writer’s Block Workshops

Presented by Louisville Literary Arts whose mission is to enrich the literary life of Louisville by engaging readers and writers in craft and conversation

The 7th annual writer’s block festival will be Saturday, October 21, 10 am to 7 pm. The festival will feature a full day of activities for writers and readers.

The theme of this year’s Festival is Tell Your Story! Four panels and five workshop leaders will discuss ways to find and express our unique voices. Workshop leaders are Marion Winik, John Holman, Kathleen Driskell, Lindsay Tigue and Hannah Drake. Panelists include literary agents and editors, Louisville Ballet artistic director, Robert Curran, Louisville Public Media director of music and composer, Daniel Gilliam, poet and Salon editor, Erin Keane, and University of Louisville writing professor and poet, Kiki Petrosino.

Open to the public at no charge are four panel discussions, author readings, a print & resource fair with booths representing writing programs, small presses, and publications, an interview with poet laureate Frederick Smock, and the Anne and William Axton Keynote, author Leslie Jamison—winner of the Gray Wolf Press Nonfiction Prize for her essay collection, The Empathy Exams. Jamison is a columnist for the New York Times and professor at Columbia University.

All workshops require pre-registration, as do literary agent pitches. Generative craft workshops are $40 and literary agent pitch sessions are $25. The spoken word workshop with poet Hannah Drake, titled “Finding Your Voice,” requires pre-registration, but no fee.

Festival registration begins at 9:30 AM Saturday, October 21 in the event room. The interview with Frederick Smock by Tara Anderson of Louisville Public Media begins at 10 AM. This interview will be recorded live for the Louisville Public Media podcast, 5 Things.

The fully accessible Tim Faulkner Gallery at 1512 Portland Ave. has ample parking, and houses the McQuixote Coffee Shop. The Captain’s Kitchen food truck will feature vegetarian and meat entrees in the parking lot, between 11AM and 4PM. The Keynote begins at 5:15 PM.

This event is no-charge because of the generosity of our sponsors: Louisville Public Media; Republic Bank; Louisville Magazine; Spalding University MFA; the Kentucky Arts Council; University of Louisville; Metro Louisville; Holland-Brown Books and Carmichael’s Books.


To find out more visit our website louisvilleliteraryarts.org For interviews and additional information, contact Marketing & Communications Director, Amy Miller, at amy@louisvilleliteraryarts.org

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Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Cross-Genre Workshops (2 hours)
Spoken Word Workshop: NO CHARGE (90 minutes)

John Holman – Fiction
Workshop: Deepening Characters, Deepening Story
1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Lindsay Tigue – Poetry
Workshop: Poetry of Curiosity: Using Research in Our Poems​
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Marion Winik – Creative Nonfiction
Workshop: Essay Boot Camp
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Kathleen Driskell – Cross-Genre
Workshop: Exploring the Short Braided Memoir
1:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Hannah Drake – Spoken Word
Workshop: Finding Your Voice
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.