Our summer marathon retreats rejuvenate and reinvigorate writers from all over the country. We spend a week together in the French Quarter of New Orleans, led by experience writers and marathoners, who inspire us each morning before we hit the streets (and streetcars and ferries) to write our way across New Orleans.
Local author and founder of the New Orleans Writing Marathon, Dr. Richard Louth, leads several writing marathons each year in New Orleans, other south LA spots, and around the country. Writers venture out in small groups to eat, drink, and write their way across the city, stopping to share their writing before moving to their next adventure.
Whether you come to New Orleans to write about New Orleans, or you end up writing about Michigan, there's something about this city that awakens the writer's spirit. Come experience all that New Orleans has to offer writers, plus enjoy amazing food, delicious cocktails, historical sites, local characters, and great entertainment!
Retreat attendees are invited to submit a marathon piece for possible inclusion in our annual publications and a radio documentary produced by KSLU.
Writing Marathon Workshops
Experienced writing marathoners hold round table discussions and lead workshops on how to bring the marathon back home with you to invigorate your writing, to find your voice again, and to use with students or writing groups.
Spend time with other writers in small groups on the writing marathons, and in larger groups at the morning send-off sessions and nightly cocktail receptions. Hang out with local writers who know the best restaurants, coolest jazz clubs, and hidden gems around the city. Join writers in response groups at the end of the week to hone your craft and fine tune a piece for submission.