• The Shadows is the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South. The home and garden are as breathtaking as the history preserved here.

The Shadows and lead artist Ifa Bayeza are seeking aspiring writers, poets and composers, family historians, and lovers of history for a new community writing workshop!

“Telling the Full History” is an 8-week writing and performance workshop designed to explore the untold history of the African American experience in New Iberia. Under the guidance of award-winning playwright and novelist Ifa Bayeza (creator of “BUNK JOHNSON OUT OF THE SHADOWS”), 8—12 residents of New Iberia and neighboring areas will be selected to participate in the workshop and create and devise a new performance work to be presented in the spring of 2020 as a concert reading for the public.

The course will survey various writing and research techniques and delve into the rich history of the region from the early 19th century to modern day. From its African, Native American and European roots, through slavery and the Civil War to Civil Rights and the next frontier, “Telling the Full History” will dramatize the untold legacy of New Iberia’s black neighborhoods, families, pioneers and unsung heroes.

Beginning the week of October 3, 2019 until November 23, 2019, the evening workshop will be held twice weekly at Shadows-on-the-Teche, 320 E. Main Street, New Iberia, LA. Once the group is selected the specific days of the workshop will be determined according to group availability.

With fun lesson plans in research and creative writing, field trips and guest artists, the workshop promises to build a core of writers and historians who will continue to illuminate the rich African American heritage of the region.

Applications can be accessed here and emailed to shadows@savingplaces.org with "Telling the Full History" in the subject line of the email.

Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on August 31st, 2019. For questions or additional information, please contact The Shadows at (337) 369-6446 or shadows@savingplaces.org.