LOCATION / TIME
We meet at the Carnegie Memorial Library in Lake Charles, LA (411 Pujo Street) on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. We then adjourn to Ryan’s Steak House on Ryan St. All members and guests are welcome to join us for lunch!
SPEAKERS / AGENDA
January 5 - Randy Dupre on “The Hero’s Journey” and Mike McHugh “Humor Writing for the Non-Humorist”.
February 2 - Sylvia Ney on “The Power of Research and the Interview” and Dr. Philip Williams – President of McNeese State University will be speaking on “Finding Your Peculiar Voice.”
March 2 – Pam Thibodeaux on “Tax Tips for Writers” and Angie Dilmore on “Twelve Things I’ve Learned in Twelve Years of Freelance Writing” - Tips on Writing Non-Fiction.
April 6 - Gene Steech – Investigator with Homeland Security will be discussing ”Formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its mission.”
May 4 - Monica Hebert – “Social Media Maven” discussing the importance, uses, and goals for social media. Randy Dupre on “Creating people instead of Characters.”
June 1 – Member readings. Bring something to share or critique.
July 6 - Dr. William Sutton, Co-author of Herman Frasch The Sulphur King . Sutton was born in San Antonio, Texas, attended public schools, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Following military service he enrolled at Louisiana State University where he received the Ph.D. in History. He has taught at the University of the Orange Free State in South Arica, the Alamo Colleges, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently retired and lives in Prague, Czech Republic and San Antonio. Mike McHugh also spoke about various publishers.
August 3 - Lydia Hebert, teacher, will be speaking on POV in your writing.
September 7 - Michael Moreau, Science Fiction Writer who runs a production company, he will speak on Creativity without Constraints.
October 5 - Member’s Reading, come with your best 5 minutes of original poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Lesson with Cliff Seiber - a review of Stephen King’s “On Writing”
November 2 - Speaker Bobby Dower, a managing editor at the Am. Press, presentation on his writing and his new adventure as a personal historian.
November 9 - Conference
December 7 – Christmas Party
January 4 -
February 1 – Christopher Lowe will be speaking on “Engaging Risk in the Writing Process.” He is the author of Those Like Us: Stories (SFASU Press, 2011). His fiction has appeared widely in journals including Third Coast, Bellevue Literary Review, Beecher’s Magazine, Grist: The Journal for Writers, and War, Literature, and the Arts. Originally from Mississippi, he lives in Lake Charles, LA with his wife and daughter. He teaches English and Creative Writing at McNeese State. His website is http://www.christopherlowefiction.com/.