Hands-On Workshop!

SOLA will sponsor a critique/brainstorming session.

SOLA is offering multiple options for this hands-on workshop. For those looking for short critiques, please bring either the first page of your WIP, a blurb for your book, or a book pitch. For those participating in NaNoWriMo, word sprint exercises will be an option. Finally, anyone else may bring a book idea to participate in a brainstorming session. We will break into groups for each activity. Every member will benefit from the feedback from peers and the chance to help fellow writers.

October 20th Speaker: Elizabeth Desimone

Tech Tools for Writers

Elizabeth Desimone is an instructor in the library’s Internet Technology group and a creative writer. During this presentation, she will discuss the following:

•       Process-friendly word processors
•       Cloud storage for research
•       Creativity-sparking web tools
•       Blogs by industry professionals
•       Social media marketing platforms
•       Craft-related podcasts

At various points in her life, Elizabeth Desimone has been a paralegal, bookseller, teacher, cashier, and a make-believe cross-dressing Arabian pirate, but she says, she has never not been a writer. In 2012, she received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in fiction-writing from Oklahoma State University. Her work has appeared inCricket magazine and on BustedHalo.com. She’s been working on a middle age fantasy series for the past six years. She was born in Laplace.

September 15th Speakers: Chris Champagne & Mike Strecker

Comedy Event! Talk About How to Write Humor

Comedians Chris Champagne and Mike Strecker will talk about comedy writing and how to write effective humor. During the presentation, they will discuss the following.

  • Voice
  • How to use comedy with conflict
  • How to be humorous in a meaningful way that promotes the plot
  • The rule of three
  • Misdirection
  • Using funny anecdotes and stories

Chris Champagne is a graduate of the Orleans Parish School System and of the University of New Orleans where he earned a BA in History. He is a writer, performer, poet, comedian, political satirist, radio show host and columnist who has performed on stages throughout the Greater New Orleans area.

He was voted one of 144 New Orleans Characters in 2012 and also was voted best comedian in New Orleans in 2013 and 2014. He was a member of National Poetry Slam teams in San Francisco in 1993 and Chicago in 1999. He received artist residencies from the Alliance of Artists in 2006 and The College of Santa Fe in 2008. Champagne is the author of the poetry book Roach Opera, and The Yat Dictionary, a book on the dialect spoken by many native Orleanians. He is also the author of Secret New Orleans, published in 2017.

Mike Strecker has performed at comedy clubs throughout the United States, including The Improv in Los Angeles, HA! Comedy Club in New York, and the House of Blues in New Orleans, where he was billed as one of the top acts of the New Orleans Comedy Festival. He has won numerous comedy contests. He is a regular performer with Heffron Talent, Ken-Ran Entertainment, Summit Comedy, Running Funny, and other booking agencies throughout the country. Going to the grocery store, buying a car, or trying to make a relationship work provide the basis for Strecker’s humor.

Strecker is the author of Jokes for Crescent City Kids which includes more than 600 jokes as well as advice for kids about delivery of punch lines. It also includes a “Who Dat” glossary of local terms and their pronunciations.