Festival of the Written Word and the IdeaFestival

Along with events like the Filmmaker's Studio and the NuLu Festival (Twitter), there is another IdeaFestival-associated event you might consider. Sena Jeter Naslund, celebrated author and a book club favorite, will chair the Festival of the Written Word on September 23rd.

Organizers sent along the following information:

The festival kicks off on Spalding's campus with three concurrent workshops: 'Creative Writing for Community Writers', 'The Teaching of Creative Writing' and 'The Writer's Public Profile'.

The Creative Writing Workshops offer workshops in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Each workshop provides instruction by an experienced writer from the community, who is also published in his or her genre.

The panel discussion 'The Writer's Public Profile' led by Louisville writers Lylnell Edwards, Erin Keane and Jennifer Woods will communicate the leap from writer to author and provide essential tips on publishing and promoting work, navigating both traditional and new media.

Following the workshops, authors Tori Murden McCllure, Brett Eugene Ralph and Crystal Wilkinson will read from their work. Sena Jeter Nashlund, author of Ahab's Wife and Abundance will be the keynote speaker at the Luncheon of the Written Word.

Afternoon activities will reconvene at Actors Theatre with two panel discussions, 'Consider the Book: Taking a New Look at an Old Tool' and 'Publishing Today and Tomorrow'.

The festival concludes at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft with 'A Novel Affair' cocktail reception where guest can mingle with visiting authors. Book sales and signings will be available.