October 15th Speaker: Tara Settembre


Social Media Hacks & Best Practices

Forget life hacks, let’s talk about social media hacks to engage and grow your social media channels and reach readers. Do you have over 2,000 Facebook page likes, but only 63 people are reading your posts? Did you know by adding a photo to your tweet you can increase clickthroughs by 18% and retweets by 150%? Social media maven, Tara Settembre, will share simple tips and tricks for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest that every author and brand should harness, and what they should be thinking about the next time they update their feeds.


Tara Settembre (@tarametblog) is a PR and social media strategist with a Master’s degree in journalism & communications from NYU. She was previously the Corporate Communications Manager at WWE and PR Manager for The Walt Disney Company. During her decade of PR experience Tara also launched and managed Pepsi, Chevrolet and DisneyBaby’s twitter accounts; oversaw a YouTube campaign for Obama’s first inauguration; and handled social media for Stand up to Cancer’s first national star-studded telethon. In addition, for the past 11 years Tara has been a successful lifestyle blogger at TaraMetBlog.com and writer for The Huffington Post and TravelingMom.com. An avid romance reader, she is currently penning her first manuscript.

Meeting begins at 10am at the east bank branch of the Jefferson Parish Library. 

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 (devonalexander@cox.net) 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!