Casting Characters
Presented by Bill Loehfelm


1 to 4 p.m.
State Library

Bill Loehfelm will lead discussion and writing exercises designed to help in the creation and continuing development of compelling, believable characters in fiction, both in series work and stand-alone fiction.

This class will tackle the challenges of bringing all different types of characters to fully-formed life on the page. Writers are encouraged to bring works in progress, and we will also discuss starting from scratch. 

To register for a 2016 Louisiana Book Festival WordShop, complete this form or call 225.219.9503.

Bill Loehfelm is the author of six novels, including the critically-acclaimed crime fiction series about New Orleans police officer Maureen Coughlin, published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. The fourth Maureen Coughlin novel, Let the Devil Out, was published in July 2016. He has also written two stand-alone thrillers, and his short fiction and non-fiction have been featured in several anthologies. He's taught fiction writing at the Creative Writing Workshop at UNO and has lectured in writing for Mystery Writers of America. He lives in New Orleans with his wife, AC Lambeth, a writer and yoga instructor. When not writing, Bill plays drums in a rock n' roll band.


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