About meganbates

Hello! My name’s Megan, and I’m a young writer and graphic designer. I graduated from Loyola University a year ago, and during my time as an undergraduate, I had the privilege to do a study abroad in Ireland. I fell in love with traveling—meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and finding unique places to inspire my creativity. But like many people, student loans and other life expenses are keeping this post-grad tied at home. (For now, at least!) Luckily for me, my hometown of New Orleans offers a lot of awesome opportunities for staycations. But I also want more obscure adventures, things beyond iconic events and places like Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, and the French Quarter. If you’re a local like me, you love them, but you’ve done them. So, what else is there? That’s my goal—to seek out fresh or little known places both in and outside New Orleans area.

February 17th Speaker: Charlotte Parker

The Query Letter

You’ve finished your manuscript and edited it to perfection. Maybe you’ve researched agents or editors. What’s next?

The Query Letter.

Charlotte “CJ” Parker, author of the Fugue Macabre trilogy, will walk you through the process of writing the query letter from Dear Agent to patiently waiting for The Call.

January 20th Program: Mastering the Pitch

How many times are you asked “What’s your story about?” If you’re a writer, you get asked this all the time. Do you have a well-honed, snappy reply on hand, or do you flounder in dread, stumble, and change the subject? Or bore your audience to death with a 10 minute ramble of well, so and so does this, then this, then this… <yawn>. Maybe you think you have a good pitch, but want to make it the best it can be.

Wherever you are in your writing journey, every author needs a zippy one or two-line pitch that captures and sells the essence of his or her story.

Join SOLA on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. for some great tips and pointers on how to pitch your story to agents, editors and pretty much anyone who asks about it! We’ll start with a viewing of the RWA webinar “Pitching Tips from Best-selling Authors Damon Suede and Kristin Higgins.” Members Liah Penn and Vicky McHenry will talk with the group about other tips they’ve put together in an informative hand-out. (Note: Liah is a master pitch artist. Vicky has never pitched but is a fiend researcher.) We’ll ask a few of SOLA’s other published authors to show us their pitches.

Bring your notebooks and/or laptops, and we’ll try to squeeze in time to work on our own pitch perfect zingers!

Added Bonus:
In addition to the pitch program, photographer Lauren (Ren) Adkins will be available to members during the break to talk with members one-on-one for appointments. She has been invited as part of the Chapter’s focus to provide a variety of resources to the members.

Bio: Ren Adkins is a fine art and portrait photographer born in Memphis, Tennessee and based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Memphis College of Art in 2010 and an MFA in Photography from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2013. Lauren’s work focuses in thoughtful portraiture and versatile use of color, from vibrant and intense to muted and moody. Lauren is a visual crusader, fiction junkie, and media literacy advocate who loves the art of storytelling and hates talking about herself in the third person.

SOLA Writers Retreat and Workshop

When: February 23 – 25, 2018

Where: Covington, Louisiana

Join published and aspiring authors on February 23-25, 2018 for our 2nd annual writer’s retreat and workshop. Held at the historic Southern Hotel in Covington, LA (about 30 miles from New Orleans), this intimate retreat will inspire writers of all genres. The retreat begins Friday evening with a no-host bar and appetizers, and begins in earnest on Saturday morning. Guest speakers, writing exercises and lots of writing time are built into the schedule. Registration is $95.00 and includes coffee, refreshments, a catered lunch on Saturday, and Sunday brunch. Special room rates are available. Contact the Southern Hotel directly at (844) 866-1907 for room reservation. For more information, please contact the coordinator at liah.penn@gmail.com.

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