Once again, Festival of Words Authors will give workshops in poetry and fiction writing and performance for students in St. Landry Parish Schools beginning Oct. 27 with performance artist Bruce Coen and Kristina Marshall spending the morning with Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts students in Opelousas. Coen will teach improvisation and poetry interpretation. They will later teach students at Sunset Middle School, preparing students for Drive-by Poetry in the cafes and shops of Grand Coteau at the annual Festival of Words on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Students will gather to listen to visiting authors, to write with them and will have the chance to share their original writings with these guests. Some will be meeting an author for the first time and will get a sense of career options for writers. Author and scholar Rain Prud’homme-Cranford (Goméz), Ph.D., will teach a special creative writing workshop in Opelousas High School. Students are preparing by reading her poetry and writing their own poems to share. Students at Sunset Elementary will learn songwriting from popular musician Yvette Landry. Landry is also the author of children’s literature.