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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November 18th Program: Hands On Workshop

SOLA will sponsor a critique/brainstorming session.

**Please note that the meeting will take place in the upstairs conference room at the East Bank Regional Library, not the usual downstairs room.

SOLA members are asked to bring the first page of their WIP, a story idea, or both. We will break into groups for a critique and/or brainstorming session. Word sprint exercises will also be an option. Every member will benefit from the feedback from peers and the chance to help fellow writers.

***Please also note that we will be voting on 2018 board members.

October 21st Speaker: Sheryl Hames Torres

Put Your Big Girl… or Boy… Pants On and Get Your Priorities Right

When you chose writing as an occupation, suddenly everyone has advice. Everyone tells you what you should be doing, how you should be doing it, and that if you don’t go by what they tell you, you can’t do it at all!

I’m here to tell you that’s not so and hopefully put your mind at ease a little. You can have it all–just sometimes, not all at once. When and how is strictly up to you.

Bio:

Sheryl Hames Torres started making up stories as a girl to keep her five younger siblings entertained. She says she started writing them down to keep the voices in her head from having her committed. Vibrant settings and dashing heroes soon turned into real life when her family moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where she met and married her very own Prince Charming. He taught her that sometimes reality is the fairy tale. Now, after more than thirty years together, she and Mark have reared one daughter–an artist and writer–and a son–a musician, mechanic, and automotive “restorer.” With a house filled with love and laughter, music and beautiful creations, lots of shedding fur from a ferociously friendly dog and a temperamental cat who thinks he rules the roost, Sher lives out her fairy tale every day. The Torres’ make their home in Northeast Georgia within three-quarters of an hour of her parents and three of those five siblings where she divides her time between her family, friends, writing and needlework.

And, of course, a lot of daydreaming…