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Writers' InfoGuide: Local Educational Resources

Library resources for aspiring writers

LSU Creative Writing Program

The LSU Creative Writing program for undergraduates offers courses in poetry, fiction, drama, and screenwriting to undergraduates for an MA degree in Creative Writing. Click here for a list of undergraduate English courses currently offered or contact Randolph Thomas, Assistant Director & Undergraduate Advisor of Creative Writing at (225) 578-7801. 

The LSU Creative Writing program for graduate students offers courses in poetry, fiction, drama, and screenwriting for an MFA degree in Creative Writing. Click here to learn more about the program or contact James Wilcox, Director of Creative Writing at (225) 578-3049. 

Community School for the Arts

"The Arts Council of greater Baton Rouge is on the move! We are offering classes and workshops for kids and adults at various venues throughout the Baton Rouge area. Painting? Poetry? Journal Art? See if we are stARTing a class or workshop near you!" Click here for details. 

Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project

The Southeastern Louisiana Writing Project is "a National Writing project site and is part of a national network of outstanding teachers." 

LSU Student Union Leisure Classes

Leisure classes are offered in poetry, screenwriting, and fiction in the fall, spring, and summer. Call (225) 578-5119 or email for details.

Southern University and A&M College

Southern University and A&M College offers a full range of literature courses including one creative writing course for a degree in English Literature. Visit this website for further information. 

Louisiana State Poetry Society - Baton Rouge Founders' Chapter

The Louisiana State Poetry Society is a group of poets who meet to critique and study. Visitors are welcome. Workshops held every meeting on different ways to write poetry and give critiques and there is a laureate contest every two years. Fees: $25/year, state; $5/year, local. Fees are not required to attend meetings. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday, 2-4 p.m. at the Main Library. Contact Charles Egedy at (225) 926-5362 for more information.

Literature Listserv - LSU

Sign up for this listserv covering literature run by Dr. Laura Mullen from LSU's Department of English. Email

Forward Arts

Forward Arts is a "multi-generational collective of youth, artists and educators who provide workshops, performance spaces and professional development for young people and adults. Emphasis is on poetry. Through critical engagement and creative practice FA fosters personal and social transformation." 


Also called Lagniappe, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) classes are open to anyone over the age of 50. OLLI offers various literary courses, often taught by LSU professors and instructors.