Virtual SOLA Meeting May 15th: RWA President LaQuette

SOLA is excited to be hosting RWA President, LaQuette, for her workshop titled “Critical Lens”.

Writing outside of your personal, generational, or cultural experience can be a treacherous road to travel for today’s author.  Even with the best intentions, it’s easy to create problematic or harmful content when you’re unaware of what you don’t know. Learn how to use literary theory and criticism to view your work through an alternative lens.  By using literary frameworks, you can gain insight into alternative perspectives that can help you identify and eliminate problematic and harmful content before you publish.

LaQuette writes savvy, sensational, & sexy romance featuring unapologetically diverse & bold characters who celebrate their right to appear on the page. A native of Brooklyn, NY and current President of RWA, she crafts emotionally epic, fantastical tales deeply pigmented by reality’s paintbrush.  Find her on Facebook, Twitter, her website:, Instagram & via email at

LaQuette’s qualifications include:

·      M.A. in English Literature

·      B.A. in Creative Writing

·      Advanced Certificate English Education grades 6-12

·      College Professor for a decade teaching literature, research writing, business writing, & creative writing.

This virtual workshop is great for writers at any stage of their career so join us for an amazing workshop.

SOLA members may attend for free. If you would like to join SOLA, you must be a member in good standing with RWA and pay SOLA dues ($40) before May 13th.

$50 for non-members.

Email for details on how to attend.

May 16th SOLA Meeting will be VIRTUAL

Join us from 10:00 am-12:00 pm.

We will be showing a webinar presentation
from RWA University:

Self-Editing Tips for Romance Authors
by Jeanne De Vitat

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Click the link below and give permission to open the application if necessary. Then follow the prompts.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 432-122-805

OR you can download the app from the link below and enter the access code. 


April 18th SOLA Meeting CANCELLED

*Due to the continued request for social distancing during the Coronavirus outbreak, the April SOLA meeting will be canceled. We will keep you updated for the May meeting. 


New Treasurer Needed

Our treasurer Liah Penn has resigned from her position, and SOLA is looking for a volunteer to fill the vacancy. Please email President Devon Alexander if you are interested.


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February 15th Meeting

*Please note that the meeting room has changed. We will meet in the East Bank Regional Library’s upstairs A/V room at 10:00 AM.

SOLA Membership Dues:
SOLA will be collecting dues via a secure PayPal link through our website. The membership fee is $40.00 and is due by the end of February. Please remember that you must be a member of good standing with RWA in order to be a member of SOLA.

January 18th SOLA Meeting

*Please attend this Saturday’s meeting to discuss the future of SOLA. All members past and present are encouraged to come.

The business meeting will begin at 12:15.

The East Bank Regional Library
will also be presenting two lecturers:

9:30 a.m. The Art of the Audiobook 
with Michael Ziants

11:00 a.m. Creating Characters With Depth 
with Stephen Rea

 For more information, see the library’s calendar.

SOLA Christmas Party on Saturday, December 14th

SOLA will host the annual Christmas party at the East Bank Regional Library on December 14th from 10:00am-12:00pm.

*Special Notes:

1. We will begin with a short business meeting to introduce the new board and discuss ideas for the new year.

2. Please bring a small Christmas ornament (no more than $10) for the traditional Sadistic Santa gift exchange!

3. Food and drinks will be provided. Come join the fun!

November Writers’ Meeting Saturday, November 23rd

*Please note that a brief SOLA meeting will be held to elect the 2020-2021 board. Cast your vote!

Come join other writers this Saturday for two exciting lectures presented by the East Bank Regional Library:

9:30-11:00 The Ghost Rider Creative Writing Experience
with Steve Scaffidi

11:15-12:30 The Power of Story
with Laura Anne Ewald

 For more information, see the library’s calendar.