CELEBRATING THE WRITTEN WORD


Tomorrow's the day! Rain or shine, Celebrating the Written Word will still be happening tomorrow in downtown Hammond. Come dressed in your best rain boots for a chance to win a door prize!
The city of Hammond's largest literary event, “Celebrating the Written Word” will return for its third year on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in various downtown Hammond locations. 

Presented by the Hammond Regional Arts Center, this literary conference will feature well-known local authors who will discuss their genre of expertise, ranging from play writing, to children's writing to food writing.

The highlight of the event will be a special reading by Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley, and will also include appearances from other acclaimed writers in the region. 

Registration costs $35 per attendee and provides access to a full day of workshops, panel discussions and master classes hosted by the guest authors. For more information about our guest authors, click here.

Download the schedule here and start planning your day.
Hammond Regional Arts Center City Council Chambers Tangipahoa Parish Library Hammond Branch Sip & Spa Tea Room Nortech The Columbia Theatre
8:00 Registration Opens
9:00-10:00
Keynote Speaker
Erica Spindler
10:10-11:20
Deborah Burst
(Nola History)
10:30-11:40
Pamela Cali Bankston
Wendy Duhe Woods
(Childrens Writing)
10:10-11:20
Kim Vaz-Deville
(Social Media)
12:00-1:30 Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Jane Austen Tea
(pre-registration at check-in)
Lunch Break Lunch Break
1:30
Registration
Re-opens
1:30-2:40
Cathy Tijerino
Howard Nichols
Eric Johnson
(Local History)
1:30-2:40
Matthew Sigur
(Food Critique)
1:30-2:40
Lyn Gibson
(Paranormal Romance)
2:00-3:10
MaryKatherine Callaway
(Publishing)
2:50-4:00
Randolph Thomas
(Poetry)
2:50-4:00
Kurt Amacker
(Horror)
2:30-3:40
Barry Bradford
(Play Writing)
3:30-4:40
Barry Hebert
(singer/songwriter)
4:10-5:20
Burst/Wainwright
(Photography & Writing)
4:10-5:20
Kent Wascom
(Historical Fiction)
5:30-6:15 LA Poet Laureate Peter Cooley
(closing remarks)
6:30-8:00 Closing Reception

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This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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