Louisiana research trip: the beginning

A traditional Cajun house in the Acadian Village, outside Lafayette, Louisiana.

A couple of weeks ago, during the last ten days of March, I used the funds from my Oregon Literary Fellowship to travel to southwest Louisiana to research the final details of my Civil War novel, Hagridden. I stayed in Cameron and travelled all over the region, visiting libraries and wildlife refuges, touring museums and historical villages, talking with experts in history and botany, listening to locals and walking the streets and bayous and beaches.

During the coming week, I’ll be posting about the trip. Tomorrow, look for a lengthy post of photos from the trip, accompanied by quotes from my novel and some details about the research. Later this week, I’ll post a bibliography of the material I read, before and during the trip, in print and online. And then I’ll wrap things up with a kind of retrospective of the whole experience.

In the meantime, I want to thank, again, Literary Arts for giving me this amazing opportunity through the fellowship. And if you haven’t read the opening excerpt from the novel, you can find it online at SOL: English Writing in Mexico.

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

4 thoughts on “Louisiana research trip: the beginning

  1. It must be such a high to be traveling for a writing project. Lucky, lucky you!
    I’ll watch for your further tales.

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