Experiment. Push your boundaries. Spark your creativity. Join the Shreveport Writing Marathon!
Write your way across Shreveport Common in coffee shops, galleries, parks, historic buildings and cemeteries—anywhere a small group can sit, write and share their work. Writing Marathons are all about writing in the moment, writing for the joy of it, and finding inspiration in the architecture, history, people, and places! Writers/participants will gather for a brief overview of the day and a continental breakfast at artspace before setting out in small groups. Participants write about anything they want in any form they wish: memoir, fiction, reflections, essay, poetry, or quick descriptive impressions and share their writing with each other without criticism. The day will end with food and drink in a celebration at artspace that evening.
Saturday, October 20 Schedule
8:30 am - Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - Orientation by Ashley Mace Havird, Caddo Parish Poet Laureate
10:00 am - 1st "Writing Stop"
11:00 am - 2nd "Writing Stop"
12:00 pm - Brown Bag or Food Truck Lunch and Write in Oakland Cemetery
1:30 pm - 4th "Writing Stop"
2:30 pm - 5th "Writing Stop"
3:30 pm - 6th "Writing Stop"
4:30 pm - Break
6:30 pm-8:30pm - Margaritas, Munchies, and Read Around at artspace
You must commit the full day to writing.
Participation limited to 100.
Registration $25 before Tuesday, Oct. 16
$35 from Oct. 16 – 18;
$45 at the door if spaces still available.
Hosted by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council and Caddo Parish Poet Laureate Ashley Mace Havird.
In the book, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg introduced the idea of timed writing sessions, each followed by a “read-around” where participants, one by one, shared their work aloud without any response (comments or criticism) from the group.
Inspired by this format, Dr. Richard Louth, Director of the Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project, took a more daring approach in 1994, releasing his writers into the streets of New Orleans:
“I combined Goldberg's idea with Hemingway's concept of moving about a city while writing in cafes, integrating food and drink and talk in the process, and allowing each location to 'transplant' the writer to other times and places,” Louth explained.
The New Orleans Writing Marathon has become a signature event for writers nationwide. The now five-day retreat provides both the structure and the freedom for its participants to immerse themselves in the writing process and also their surroundings. The Shreveport Writing Marathon is a one-day marathon modeled after that longer event.