April Meeting Reminder Featuring Pat Haggerty

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Please join SOLA on Saturday, April 18th at 10AM for our monthly meeting featuring Pat Haggerty.

After four years in the USMC, Pat Haggerty studied Actuarial Science and Computers at Georgia State University. He has spent the past 17+ years developing and delivering technical training courses for Learning Tree International and also runs a successful consulting practice doing application development for clients ranging from the United State Marines to Delta Airlines.

Eight years ago, while stuck reading a mediocre book in yet another hotel, Pat decided to try his hand at fiction. He may not be published, but these days you are much more likely to find him spending his evenings writing romance than code. Patrick is an active member of RWA, RWAustralia, RWNew Zealand, and is President of GCRWA, and OIRWA.
Workshop:
Writers tend to have a solid working knowledge of word processing. Word, Pages, Word Perfect, whatever the tool, we’ve all spent time hunched over a keyboard trying to get our thoughts down in a usable format for our teachers, editors, friends, or work partners. Word processors are effective at general document creation and formatting, but they tend to fall short when needs turn towards structured long or short form story telling.

Scrivener is the premier application for the creation of novels, novellas, and like works. This workshop will demonstrate ways that Scrivener helps writers in doing everything from planning scenes, to capturing research, to writing scenes, to generating output for critique groups, e-readers, or publishers.

Prospective members may attend two meetings of SOLA before deciding to join. Our meetings are held from 10 am-noon on the third Saturday of every month, except December, at the Jefferson Parish Library Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, LA. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early*.

*Capacity for the Napoleon Room at the library is 45 in the tables-with-chairs seating arrangement. In order to comply with fire safety regulations, members and guests will be turned away when capacity is reached.

March Meeting Reminder Featuring Alice A. Kemp

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Join SOLA on Saturday, March 21st at 10am for our monthly meeting featuring Alice A. Kemp.

Alice Abel Kemp retired from the University of New Orleans as a professor of sociology and women’s studies. Devoting herself to fiction writing, she now has three publications, a novella, The Red Halter Top, and two romantic suspense novels, The Jury Scandal and The Taste of Her. A long-term resident of New Orleans, she lives with her partner, Wayne Moore, two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson. Also they keep a menagerie of three dogs, five cats, and two birds. Her hobbies include quilting, machine embroidery, and crochet.

How Grammar and Punctuation Errors can Torpedo Your Manuscript.​

​Based on reading contest entries and critiques ​from fellow writers, this talk addresses errors that distract judges and editors including formatting, POV clarification, correct comma usage and spelling mistakes that spellcheck doesn’t catch.

Prospective members may attend two meetings of SOLA before deciding to join. Our meetings are held from 10 am-noon on the third Saturday of every month, except December, at the Jefferson Parish Library Eastbank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue in Metairie, LA. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early*.

*Capacity for the Napoleon Room at the library is 45 in the tables-with-chairs seating arrangement. In order to comply with fire safety regulations, members and guests will be turned away when capacity is reached.