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 Jason’s Deli on Ryan St. All members and guests are welcome to join us for lunch!
SPEAKERS / AGENDA
January 4 - Member Readings
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/.
* There will also be a special PowerPoint presentation on China as a prelude to Chinese New Year.
March 1 – Guest speaker: Elizabeth Ludwig
Elizabeth Ludwig is the award-winning author of No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, Books One and Two in the popular Edge of Freedom series. Her literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoys a wide readership. Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more, visit ElizabethLudwig.com.
April 5 – Guest speaker: Gabriel Morley will speak on “Don’t Find Time for Writing, Make Time.” Gabriel Morley is a writer, librarian and hippy. He is originally from Mobile but has lived throughout the South. He dropped out of high school and spent the next 20 years going to eight different colleges in five states before earning a doctorate in education from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is the director of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library in Lake Charles.
*Also, President Linda Hurst will present an educational program on poetry. April is National Poetry Month.
May 3 – Guest speaker, Frank Zuniga, will speak on May 3 about the difference between novel writing and screenwriting.
June 7 – Educational program by a member. Merrilyn Williams will speak on Flash Fiction and Marketing.
July 5 – Member readings
August 2 – Guest speaker: Dr. Phillip Williams, author and president of McNeese State University. He is an attorney with certification in foreign and international. Among a number of other positions, he was general counsel for Sea World Inc. He has also studied public health administration and worked with the National Institutes of Health in Atlanta. He has worked extensively as an instructor for health care executives in Beijing, China. During the 1980s he and his wife Sandra were active writers, publishing a series of children’s mysteries, adult mysteries and non-fiction works. His first position as an academic chief CEO came in In 2006, when he was named president of the University of Montevallo at Montevallo, Alabama. He was installed as the sixth president of McNeese in 2010.
Sept. 6 – Guest speaker, Heather Duff.
Oct. 4 – Member readings
Nov. 1 – Word-spreaders: Our own Jessica Ferguson will be guest speaker for the Nov. 1 meeting.
Dec. 6, 2014 – The Dec. 6 meeting will be our annual Christmas party with a brief business meeting for election of officers.
January 3, 2015 – On Jan. 3 members are asked to bring a piece of their work to read or have your trusted friend read.
February 7, 2015 – On Feb. 7, speaker will be author Ashley Weaver of Oakdale. Her mystery novel, the first under a four-book contract with Minotaur Press, was published in October.