August 20th Speaker – BJ Bourg



Research and Resources for Police Procedures
“Research and Resources for Police Procedures” caters to all writers—regardless of genre—who might someday need a cop, a gun, or a crime for one of their stories. After explaining what led him to write mysteries, BJ will detail some of the realities of police work, provide some basic information on firearms, and explain some misconceptions about various crimes. He will then discuss some research opportunities and provide a list of free resources for writers who want to “right” the police procedural aspects of their fiction.
During a law enforcement career spanning more than twenty-five years, BJ Bourg has worked as a patrol cop, SWAT operator, detective sergeant, sniper leader, police academy instructor, and chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. In addition to being a firearms instructor, TASER instructor, and defensive tactics instructor, he’s a former professional boxer and a lifelong martial artist.
A lifelong resident of Louisiana, BJ is the author of four traditionally published novels, one of which garnered a 2016 EPIC eBook Awards Finalist in the Mystery category, and he has had nearly 200 stories and articles published in many places, including national magazines such as Woman’s World, Boys’ Life, and Writer’s Digest. He is a regular contributor to two of the country’s leading law enforcement magazines, Tactical Response and Law and Order, and he has presented many police procedural lessons at law enforcement and writing conferences. Additionally, he runs Flash Bang Mysteries, a quarterly online magazine that aims to publish some of the best flash fiction in the business.
Above all else, BJ is a father and husband, and the highlight of his life is spending time with his family. When not working, exercising, cutting grass, or writing, he stares longingly toward the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where he hopes to someday retire to a life of writing. In the meantime, he lives in Lafourche Parish with his son, Brandon (when he’s in from law school), daughter, Grace, step-daughter, Kate, and beautiful wife, Amanda.

RWA RITA and Golden Heart Awards Night

Join us on July 16 as we live stream the RWA Rita and Golden Heart awards ceremony and cheer on one of our own, Pamela Kopfler.

We have the St. Charles meeting room at the New Orleans Marriott Metairie at Lakeway, 3838 N. Causeway Boulevard Metairie, Louisiana, 70002.

The St. Charles room will be ours from 5pm until 12:30am so if anyone wants to come early and do some writing sprints or talk plots, it’s available.

For those wishing to stay the night at the hotel, we have a few rooms reserved at a special rate of $109, double occupancy.

Email your name to Devon ( if you wish to reserve a room so the hotel can put it in the system at the discounted price. You will have to present your credit card upon arrival to pay for it.

Valet parking is discounted to $5.00 for us so be sure to mention you are with the RWA Awards ceremony event to receive this price.

Hope to see you there!

June Meeting Date Change

SOLA June Meeting Date Rescheduled to
Saturday, June 25th.


SOLA will NOT be meeting this Saturday due to another event that has been scheduled at the library. The meeting will take place the following weekend on Saturday, June 25that 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

Save your 1st page critique/brainstorming ideas until then! Apologies for any confusion.