January 19th Speaker: Laura Cayouette

Self-Publishing and Tackling the Series

“Learn about self-publishing: when to choose it, what to expect, hints, hacks and some hard truths. Then we’ll tackle writing for a series, and I’ll share a process for organizing, developing story and character ideas, and avoiding writer’s block.”


Best known as Leonardo DiCaprio’s sister in Django Unchained, Laura has acted in over 60 movies and TV shows including Kill BillNow You See MeFriends and recurring roles on Treme and Oprah Winfrey’s and Ava Duverney’s Queen Sugar.

Cayouette earned her Master’s Degree in creative writing and English literature at the University of South Alabama where she was presented the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. She’s taught both English and acting/directing at various universities.

Laura has authored several books including the Charlotte Reade Mystery series. Beginning during the Saints march to the Super Bowl amid Mardi Gras 2010, the books feature colorful local characters, a haunted chandelier, and mysteries, not murders.

Cayouette is also the author of Know Small Parts: An Actor’s Guide to Turning Minutes into Moments and Moments into a Career with foreword by Richard Dreyfuss and endorsements from Kevin Costner and more, as well as Lemonade Farm, a coming-of-age novel set in a commune in rural Maryland in 1976. She currently resides in New Orleans and writes a blog, latonola.com, about her love for the city.

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