by Beth Savoie For high school
students, spring means prom, finals, and looking forward to summer. It’s
hard to motivate them to finish homework, let alone write a short story.
But, as we in BWG know, writers will write, no matter what their age.
Offer them cash prizes, a free critique, and a chance to add to their writing
resume and they are in!
Of course, I’m referring to the BWG Young Writer’s Contest. Open to high
school students in Cameron, Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Beauregard, and Allan
Parishes, the yearly contest gives students a chance to submit and receive
feedback on their work. Fiction and non-fiction pieces not longer than
2,000 words were accepted with up to two entries per student. First place
prize was $25.00 and admission to the Bridge to Publication Conference in
November. Second Place was $15.00, and Third was $10.
This year we had 13 entries. Sam Houston, Barbe, DeRidder, East
Beauregard, and Johnson Bayou were represented. Two entries were from an
area Homeschooler. Our judges included myself, Connie McDonald, a
retired high school creative writing teacher and Rachel Rinehart, an MFA
student at McNeese. Both ladies teach in the Governor’s Program at
McNeese. They were a great help in the contest.
Competition was close, with some places separated only by a few points.
These kids really showed their talent. As there was no theme, the judges had a
variety of topics to read, from the Boxer Revolution to migration in the future
to a New Earth. Zombies made more than one appearance. After
reading them, I was encouraged to fire up the laptop and get busy
First and third place went to Ashley Petry from Sam Houston High
School. Her stories gave us a glimpse into the supernatural
world. Second place went to Homeschool student Hannah Pettefer who
shared a delightful story of what can happen when siblings are left to their
own devices and imagination.
New and Exciting This
This year the group decided on something new for the contest. A donation
of $100 worth of books was given to the first place winner’s school
library. The donation went to Sam Houston High School. This was
especially exciting for the librarians as they recently moved into their new
library. BWG was able to supply books on writing and grammar requested by
Connie Degenhardt, one of the librarians.
Winners were notified by August 10th. An announcement
regarding this will be made at the conference in November, but we were so
excited that we couldn’t wait to share the news. On Tuesday, Aug.
27th, I, along with Chris Baldauf and Patricia Fox, met with Ashley,
Connie, and Vickie Barto, SHHS librarian, to present them with the books.
Marilyn Monroe from Southwest Daily News was present to cover the event.
Who knew we could attract such a star? A fun time was had by
So many people helped make this year’s contest a success. Thank you
to our parents, librarians, teachers, principals, and businesses that
advertised the contest and encouraged our kids to write. A BIG thanks to
the students who participated. Without them, there wouldn’t be a contest.
Left to right: Librarian, 1st place winner - Ashley Petry, BWG member Beth Savoie, and librarian.
Today I was proud to be the President of the Bayou Writer’s
Group. I met Pat Fox, our publicist, armed with her camera, Beth Savoie, this
year’s Young Writers Contest coordinator, and we descended on Sam Houston High
school to award Ashley Petry, a junior, 1st place in the 2013 BWG’s Young
An exciting contest with winners scores only fractions of a
point different, the sixteen entries were terrific examples of student writers
from the Southwest Louisiana area. Open to public, private and home schooled
students, the contest definitely lived up to our creed to Encourage, Educate
and Inspire. In Ashley’s honor, BWG also awarded $100.00 in books to her school
With smiles all around Beth gave Ashley her 1st place award
certificate, but the young junior, also received the award for 3rd place as
well. SHH librarians proudly hold the library’s new books.
Gator Bites is due august 31, 2013. Selections of fiction and poetry will be printed on a single sheet of paper, tri-folded, and placed in packets at our conference and around Lake Charles for free. We offer this service in order to promote our members, their writing(s), and Bayou Writers’ Group.
Bayou Writers Group announces Lydia Kebodeaux Hebert will be guest speaker for this month's meeting on Saturday,August 3, 2013, 10:00 am to 12 noon at the Carnegie Memorial Library, Conference Room, 411 Pujo Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Mrs. Hebert's topic is "Point of View".
A graduate from Sulphur High School, she obtained a Master's Degree in Education from McNeese State University. Her experience in the classroom exceeds fifteen years.
Mrs. Hebert is the daughter of Joyce Kebodeaux of Sulphur, Louisiana and currently resides in Iota, Louisiana with her husband, Jason and son, Jared. Her daughter, Amber Hebert Brunet, lives in Sulphur with her family.
President Chris Baldauf called the meeting to order at 10:05 a.m. and welcomed visitors.
She reported on the board of directors meeting held earlier. She said "The Board" approved replacement officers in accordance with the bylaw provision for filling unexpired terms. They are Chris Baldauf, president; Michele Abshire, vice president; Cliff Seiber, secretary; and Pat Fox and Joyce Kebodeaux, publicists.
Sherry Perkins has been appointed annual conference coordinator.
The president said the group received five tickets in the Arts and Humanities Council’s raffle in exchange for the group’s $250 dues payment. The BWG board of directors agreed to distribute the tickets in a door prize drawing at the current membership meeting. The drawing was held and winners of the tickets were Chris Baldauf, ticket No. 527; Rebecca Stelly, 526; Pat Fox ,528; Sylvia Ney, 524, and Mike McHugh,525 .
A drawing was held for donated books.
The president introduced the guest speaker, Dr. William Sutton, retired history professor and coauthor of “Herman Frasch the Sulphur King,” a biography of the man responsible for developing the sulphur mines at Sulphur, La.
The meeting was adjourned shortly after noon with the announcement that everyone was invited to dutch-treat lunch at Ryan’s.
Submitted by Cliff Seiber, secretary. Please notify the secretary with any corrections or additions to the minutes.
Editor Stella Riley - Born a stone’s throw from the Acropolis, transplanted to the Texas Gulf Coast, Stella is descended from refugees and rednecks. She’s looking for compelling characters, tension, new situations, and a story that resonates.
“Give me a character I can feel, then drop them in some hot water. Now get them out. I love tension. Any kind of tension—inner and outer.” She welcomes authors with a fresh voice or a new approach. All heat levels, all story lines are acceptable. Contact Stella at Stella@SoulMatePublishing.com
We have two screenwriters that have agreed to speak at our conference this year!
Born at Cut Off, Louisiana, Glen Pitre worked his way through Harvard by fishing shrimp each summer. Best known as writer/director of Louisiana-set, internationally-lauded historical dramas, several of which featured Oscar-winning actors in their casts, Pitre has also crafted award-winning documentaries, museum exhibitry, novels and non-fiction books, multi-screen video installations, IMAX movies, syndicated radio programming, and more. Accolades include a Sundance Director’s Lab fellowship; AFI, NEA, and NEH grants; an honorary doctorate; and a knighthood from France. In a 2006 book, film critic Roger Ebert acclaimed Pitre “a legendary American regional director.”
Lake Charles, LA, native Michelle Benoit is an award-winning New Orleans-based filmmaker and author whose work has been translated into more than two dozen languages. Screenwriter, novelist, playwright, museum designer, and non-fiction author, Benoit has produced films both for Hollywood and for PBS’s national primetime core schedule. An alumnus of the American University of Paris, she has also taught graduate film directing and screenwriting at the University of New Orleans and LSU.
As screenwriters, working together or separately on features, shorts, TV movies, and series TV for Hollywood studios, commercial broadcast networks, PBS, cable, indie productions, and foreign producers, Pitre and Benoit have been hired for myriad diverse writing assignments including drama, comedy, thriller, action-adventure, romance, horror, westerns, sit-coms, woman-in-jeopardy movies-of-the-week, documentaries, sports films, environmental films, 4D museum films, and IMAX.
For more conference information, please click the link at the top of the page.
William R. Sutton, co-Author of Herman Frasch: The Sulphur King, will be speaking with BWG on Saturday, July 6.
Sutton was born in San Antonio, Texas, attended public schools, and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. Following military service he enrolled at Louisiana State University where he received a Ph.D. in History. He has taught at the University of the Orange Free State in South Arica, the Alamo Colleges, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is currently retired and lives in Prague, Czech Republic and San Antonio.
Join the TCGW for their first workshop, a series of sessions with professors from Lamar University, each with experience in a different area of writing or publishing. The workshop will conclude with a Q & A time with the panel of speakers and will provide opportunities for networking and socializing.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
8:00 a.m.— 2:00 p.m. (lunch included)
Lamar University, Maes Building, Room 101
$20 for TGCW members, $30 others
There will be an additional $10 charge if the fee is not paid by July 8.
A registration form is below.
Our distinguished panel of speakers includes: Dr. James Sanderson—an author published in multiple genres, Writing Director of the English Department of Lamar University, member of the Texas Institute of Letters https://sites.google.com/site/jim2sanderson/home Gretchen Johnson—her fiction has appeared in Amarillo Bay and she has a collection of stories recently published by Lamar University Press. You can see it:www.lamaruniversitypress.org Dr. Jerry Craven—member of the writing faculty at Lamar University, Press Director for the Lamar University Press and for Ink Brush Press, Editor-in-Chief for Amarillo Bay, and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters (www.jerrycraven.com)
2013 TGCW Workshop Registration Form
Mail payment with the following information:
_________ $20 for TGCW Members (Must be received by July 8)
_________ $30 for Non-Members (Must be received by July 8)
_________ Additional $10 at the door on July 13
You can mail this with your payment to:
Texas Gulf Coast Writers
P.O. Box 252
Bridge City, TX 77611
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 10:05 by President Randy Dupre,
Attendance 29 members, 2 visitors. Door prizes called.
Treasury Report: Sherry Perkins
- Checking balance - $1,423.16. Savings balance - $5,166.70. Scholarship fund – $375.36 Total: $6,965.22
- Two of three grants thought the Arts and Humanities Council have been applied for, awaiting confirmation
- Scholarships to Conference – Invitation to apply if needed
1. Gator Bites- Invitation to members to submitted for 2013. Examples for 2012 passed and distributed. These will be placed into bags for the conference and distributed in offices and libraries around town.
2. Members Only Contest – Invitation to submit. Due date: Aug 3, 2013. Winners announced at Nov. 9th Bridges to Publication Conference. Categories - fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, 9 independent Judges
3. Call for coordinator of MOC – Cliff Seiber and Beverly Martin to coordinate.
4. Call for Election of vacant Secretary and Publicist positions. Barbara Duhon elected secretary unopposed without dissent. Pat Fox elected as publicist with Joyce Kebodeaux to assist as needed.
1. Barbara Duhon has published a book – Unchanged Feelings
2. Linda Leonard – guest spot on Pam Thibideaux’s WildRoseBlog.blogspot.com
3. Willard Abshire – working on 2nd book of his trilogy
4. Sherry Perkins – printed 2nd novelette
5. Michelle Abshire – most read column on Wordsmith Journal
6. Cliff Seiber and Sherry Perkins had read essays for local youth scholarship contest
McNeese Leisure Learning Class writing class – June and July
Member Readings: Linda Todd, Marcia Dutton, Chris Baldauf, Willis Abshire, Paige Hamilton, Rick Bailey, Amanda Bailey, Barbara Duhon, Cindy Stelly, Cliff Seiber (comic relief), Bev Martin, Joyce Kebodeaux, Lowell Bergeron, Dick Going (visitor), Beth Savoie
Dismissed/adjourned by Randy at noon with invite to lunch at Ryan’s.
McNeese University is offering a leisure learning classes for writers. For more information or to register: here.
From the Writer's Toolbox: Creating Dialogue
Do you like to write fiction but struggle to create realistic dialogue? Dialogue is absolutely vital for both plot and character development in fiction. In this course, we will explore the art of writing dialogue. Participants in this course will read and discuss published writings about dialogue, learn about craft techniques, do writing exercises, and then write their own stories or short memoirs that incorporate dialogue. Students will also have the opportunity to workshop their writing with the group.
Instructor: Rachel Rinehart Location: Frasch 106
Date: Tuesdays - June 11, 18, 25, July 2 Time: 6:30 - 8 pm Cost: $59/$69 after June 4
Our June 1, 2013 meeting will be for member readings so please bring something to share or critique. Following group business, members will have a few minutes each to read from a manuscript and receive feedback from the others. There is no scheduled speaker. This time is for members to enjoy and share with each other.
Rebecca Stelly is the author of To the World Above (Picture book), RUST (blog novel),Burlap Cat (blog serial), Oscura (blog serial), Red House (blog serial), Bohemians at Large (blog humor articles), and Enthralled.
anything in particular that inspired you to write Enthralled? If so, tell us
about it. While visiting
New Orleans, I noticed many of the shops along Bourbon street had second floors that
seemed to be used for storage.I
wondered what could be hiding up there, behind those darkened windows,
left over from a time when things like slavery and prostitution were legal in
the city.The zombie slave is a staple of local
folklore. I feel it neatly embodies the exploited soul. I like to find
new ways to present old ideas, or in the case of enthralled, old ways to
present new ones. We have
taken the vampire ( originally a monster ) and re-imagined it as a hero. Then
we took the zombie (
originally a helpless slave ) and re-imagined it as a monster more horrible
then any of the rest.
This intrigues me. I’d like to give it back to the zombie.
In the past
and present century, zombies have been a topic writers have chosen with varying
degrees of success. Instead
of the pop culture concept such as in Night of the Living Dead. The Zombie in
Enthralled is based on the
Haitian definition of a zombie as being a corpse who has been reanimated and
controlled by magical means.
Were the particulars about Sam’s idiosyncrasies based on research findings or
your imagination as
the author? Both. I’ve done
some research. I’ve read some accounts over the years. The role of salt in my
story is based on beliefs
as well as accounts of how zombie slaves were supposedly controlled. Sam’s
obsession with following
orders to the point of self injury is just how I chose to interpret the idea of
a creature that literally lives
to serve. Grave mites however, are my own little pets.
What is your preferred
genre of writing? I prefer to work
with fantasy, horror, mystery and suspense. As well as with combinations of the
three. When dabbling in
non-fiction I prefer subjects that are unusual, and people who challenge the
concept of normal. In
short I am far more interested in what a thing could be, then what it simply
What do you
think makes a good story? I like a good
mystery from an author who isn’t afraid to cast a few spells. Combining mystery
and fantasy means anything
can happen. Then there is the ending, ideally, it should be even better then
the beginning with a twist or
two that leaves me wanting more!
audio production bring to your story? I think it brings
portability and convenience to people who would not other wise have the time.
Audio production opens
an exciting new door for me. A door I thought was closed to all but musicians.
I look forward to having
people not just read, but also listen to my stories on their hand held devices.
Do you have
other published works or plans to write any novels in the future? I have a blog - http://rastelly.com/I post a lot of my material there, from
humorous articles about renegade art (Bohemians at
Large) to short stories and serials. I am also pretty good with colored
pencils, I often use my original
artwork to illustrate my articles.
What are you
currently working on? I am currently in
the process of publishing a picture book. “To the World Above” is a deep sea
adventure about a fish
creature who learns to explore the surface world in a vehicle called an Ultra
Author Biography: When I was a student struggling through school, my favorite
subjects were social studies and history.These lessons resembled stories and involved less actual
work then reading, math and writing - which I loathed. Yet it was my writing projects that seemed to
impress the teacher when nothing else would. I loved letting my mind wander off on all sorts of
adventures, but I really hated having to write them down.It wasn’t until
the last question on that final test - the test that would net me a diploma -
that I realized how much my
attitude towards writing had changed. I was told to “Write an essay about
something you once hated but
now love” That something was writing. I was given thirty minutes to finish and
scored higher then most
of the others taking the test. I wrote several
practice novels after graduating, all dealing with magic, and often starring
creatures that mainstream media
dismissed as “sidekicks” I eventually started a blog, and there found an
audience willing to tell me which
of my ideas they thought were the best. This improved my work immensely, but
I’m most grateful
for those friends and family whose efforts make this job easier.
A chronicle of my time living in a zoo . . . I'm not really sure where to start, and you may have trouble believing me even as I tell you my story. My family did. They laughed the first time I told them, so now I just say it was all a crazy dream. You see, I died in a totally preventable car accident . . . or so I thought. When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to discover that I had been resurrected into the year 2282 and, just as unbelievably, was locked up in a zoo! A HUMAN ZOO! Oh wait, I mean the People's Past Anthropological Center.
The Global Government created the Centers because all of the different cultures of the world had, over centuries of time, slowly absorbed into one uniform culture. Everything and everybody felt the same, and the world didn’t like it. So, to help the people of 2282 find cultures they thought worthy to live their lives by, they used time travel to zap the people of the past into the future. They created enclosures to house their live human exhibits. And that's what happened to me. I became a research project, a source of entertainment. I was a prisoner who was over two hundred years away from my family and friends.
Most of my time in the enclosure was spent trying to escape. I also made friends, lost friends, fell in love, was betrayed, was held captive within captivity, and lots of other fun stuff. There were some shocking moments and some devastating moments . . . It’s a lot to recount, but I’ll try my best to tell you all about my time travel . . . PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE.
Dealing with his own insecurities and secrets, Mason will do anything to protect Kendall from the dangerous lunatic terrorizing her. But the bigger threat may be the one Kendall poses to his heart. Scared of Kendall's reaction if she learns the truth about him, Mason puts his own problems and emotions on hold to find her stalker.
But when Kendall's life is threatened, he has no choice but to risk body and soul--and even his heart--to save her.
Monica Hebert will be speaking at the May 4th
meeting. She has 20 plus years of dynamic marketing, promotion, public
relations, events and inter-personal management skills.
She has designed and written brochures, newsletters, executive summaries,
proposals, news releases, advertising and website copy.
Monica worked as a Health Insurance
Information Specialist and Director of Development for Western Fairfax
Christian Ministries where she was responsible for all marketing
strategies, communications, events, promotions and business development
including fundraising, planned giving, capital campaigns, creating policies and
Co-owner Bob Dawson Music Services
she created and implemented marketing strategies to the private sector and the
event-conference marketplace where she secured clients such as the Duchess of
York, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton, and American Express and
contracted with numerous large mid-town (NYC) hotels and conventions centers
such as The Marriott Marquis, The New York Yacht, Club, The Yale Club, The
Harvard Club, The New York Hilton Convention and Conference Center.
Founder and President: Hedaco
Music Company, New York, NY 1996 – 2008 where she negotiated
and executed contracts on behalf of clients. She secured product distribution, designed
point of purchase retail sales campaigns, negotiate media buys and story
placement, supporting tours and national CD release, produced musical
recordings, produced video treatments, and conceived,
wrote and produced press kits. She provided career development
strategies for various arts related professionals and media coaching, and organized
and produced artists on tour in performing arts centers, and designed the
Executive Director Virginia Arts
Presenters: Roanoke, VA 1992 – 1993 Duties:
Provided general management to participating members for their respective
venues. Organized annual three-day conferences. Negotiated “block booking”
touring fees for members representing 50 venues across the state of Virginia.
Owner and Publisher of PRESENTING!
ideas for audience development Quarterly Newsletter New York, NY
1990 – 1993 Duties: Provided vision and leadership. Hired free-lance
journalists, designers and photographers. Conducted interviews, wrote and
designed layout. Managed direct mail distribution to 3,000 subscribers
via private direct mail list.
General Manager:The Plaza of Roanoke
- Salem Shopping Center Roanoke, VA 1986 – 1990 Duties:
Supervised all maintenance and staff including an eleven million dollar
renovation project. Secured commercial and retail tenants. Handled retail
sales promotions, tenant relations, public relations, commercial lease
marketing programs, as well as commercial lease negotiation and execution.
Communications and Public Relations
Coordinator: Florida Christian Center, Jacksonville, FL Full Care
Retirement Center 1986 – 1987 Duties: Edited quarterly news publications.
Produced direct mail appeals, fund letters and performing arts road trips for
the Florida Christian Center Development staff.
The Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting their annual Children's Fun Day in celebration of National Tourism Week.
Cindy and Rebecca Stelly of Bayou Writers Group will host a table at the event on Saturday, May 4, from 10 am to 1 pm. There will be color, activity, and fact sheets as well as a story time. You will have the opportunity to view Rebecca's new book as well.
The fair will showcase other fun things for kids to see and do in Southwest Louisiana. Come join us and the Gumbeaux Gator for this fun filled day.
Everyone is welcome at the Bureaus' Welcome Center - 1205 North Shore Dr. If you wish to reserve your own table or have other questions about the event, please call 436-9588 or email Melissa Bertrand, Tourist Information Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gene Steech, Investigator with Homeland Security, will be discussing "Formation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and its mission."
He is a 1975 graduate of Rosepine High School and holds a B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice from McNeese State University 1980.
Steech has served as a Detective with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office from 1980-87, a Criminal Investigator with the U.S. Customs Service, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations from 1987 to the present date.
He has been married for 33 years, has two children, and two grandchildren.
Do you have a way with words? Does your teacher comment on your writing? Do you love to write? If your answer is YES to those questions, we want to read your work! Submit now!
Bayou Writers’ Group of Lake Charles is proud to sponsor its 2013 Young Writers’ Contest
There is no cost to submit! The top three winners will receive cash, prizes, and recognition at our annual Writers’ Conference in Lake Charles on November 9th, 2013.
WRITE ON! Cash and prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place finishers, and there’s more!
The 1st-place winning student’s school library will receive $100 in books.
2013 Young Writers’ Contest SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
* There is no theme. You may submit fiction or nonfiction, no poetry accepted at this time.
* Submissions must be received (postmarked) by May 31st, 2013. Late entries will not be read.
* You may submit up to two entries. All entries will be returned to the author.
* Word count cannot exceed 2,000 words.
* BWG reserves the right to cancel the contest if fewer than six entries are received.
* Open to all high-school students*: private, public, home-schooled who reside in the following parishes: ♦ Allen ♦ Calcasieu ♦ Jeff Davis ♦ Beauregard ♦ Cameron
*May 2013 graduates ARE eligible. 8th-graders must be promoted to 9th-grade at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. No junior-high entries will be judged.
* Submissions must be DS (double spaced) with a 12-pt font and be typed in Times New Roman. No hand-written entries accepted. Use one-inch margins on all pages beginning on page 1.
* Please include a separate cover sheet with the following information for each entry:
- by author’s name
-parents’ contact # and/or email
* Only previously unpublished material is accepted. However, the writer may have other material(s) published.
* Number all pages (excluding cover sheet, including page one). Writer’s name shall appear no where on the submission except for the cover sheet.
* Make three copies of your entry, and staple each one separately in the upper left-hand corner for independent judging. Attach a cover sheet to the front of all copies with a paperclip for easy removal. The judges must not know whom they are reading. Give your story a title!
* Mail your entry(ies), remember, three copies (one for each judge) of each story with one title page for each to:
Bayou Writers’ Group
Attn: Young Writers’ Contest
P.O. Box 1402
Lake Charles, La 70602
* Winners will be notified by phone/email/letter by August 10th, 2013.
* Judges may write comments on your entry. Student grade disclaimer: Winners’ grades may be verified from supporting documents/or other verifications, such as: official report card from parent, or parent(s) verbal agreement. If proper assurances cannot be received, other winner(s) will be chosen. IMPORTANT: Points will be deducted by judges for each guideline infraction. Please follow ALL guidelines to ensure you receive maximum points for format! Good luck to each of you!
Old Business 2013 Conference: Randy reminded us again that help will be needed for the conference. February Word Count: Randy exceeded his 5,000 word goal in February, racking up a total of 5,980 words. Logo contest: Won by Sylvia Ney and husband.
New Business: Young Writers Contest Stories accepted March 4th through May 30th, 2013. First prize: $25, 2nd prize, $15, 3rd prize $10. The school having the first prize winner student will receive $100 in books or school supplies for their library. Members Only Contest Open to paid members. Contest runs June 1 through Aug. More later. Speakers: Pam Thibideaux spoke in detail about tax reporting and deductions for writers. Angie
Dilmore spoke about “Learning to Become a Writer.” Member news: Rebecca Stelley’s book is published and available. Michelle Abshire has a column in Voice of SELA. Congratulations to 2012 Reminiscent Writing Contest Winners - Bayou Writer's Group members Debra Bailey won 3rd Place and Angie Kay Dilmore won 1st Place.
Meeting adjourned 12:00 pm.
A $500 CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIP
TO BE AWARDED TO A
CALCASIEU PARISH SENIOR
Private, Public, and Home-Schooled
Presented by The Foundation at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, a live performance event, The Daffodil Tea, will be held April 10, 2013 in Lake Charles to showcase the talent of Calcasieu Parish high-school seniors. Recipients will be chosen from six disciplines and each will receive a $500 scholarship to the school of his/her choice, (university, community, technical college).
If you have a way with words, please email three pieces of your best work (which may include but is not limited to poetry, fiction, nonfiction, general-interest articles, etc…) with a cover page including your name, school, and contact information to the Creative Writing Panel below:
Sherry Perkins at email@example.com or Tommie Townsley at firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure your submission is received and not deleted as junk mail, please put in the subject line: Daffodil Tea Scholarship. No written feedback will be given and submissions will not be returned. There is no word count and previously published pieces are accepted. Authors retain all rights to his/her work.
Pieces must be received by Fri, March 8, 2013. Submissions accepted only via email and
must be typed. For more information please email the contacts above.
Only one winner will be chosen from all participants and will be notified on March 11, 2013. All scholarship winners will perform his/her piece at The Daffodil Tea.
Good luck to all.
We look forward to reading your work.
We hope you will participate in this inaugural event.
Pamela S Thibodeaux will be talking about "Tax Deductions for Writers".
Published or pre-published writing is a business and your expenses may be tax deductible. Claiming them is as simple as filling out a Schedule C!
Multi-published in romantic fiction as well as creative non-fiction, award
winning author, Pamela S Thibodeaux’s writing has been tagged as,
“Inspirational with an Edge!” and reviewed as “steamier and grittier
than the typical Christian novel without decreasing the message.”
Her website: http://pamelathibodeaux.com You can also read an interview with her here.
Angie Dilmore will then be speaking on "Twelve Things I've Learned in Twelve Years of Writing -- Tips on Writing Non-Fiction." To learn more read the previous post.
BWG member Angie Kay Dilmore will be speaking on "Twelve Things I've Learned in Twelve Years of Writing -- Tips on Writing Non-Fiction."
Angie Kay Dilmore is a freelance writer and editor from Lake Charles, Louisiana. She’s a regular contributor to Boys’ Life magazine and the local magazines, Jambalaya News and Lagniappe. She writes book reviews for the popular literary website LitStack.com and Church Libraries newsletter. Her work has also appeared in children’s magazines such as Highlights For Children, Pockets, and Clubhouse. Angie loves to travel and explore the Bayou State. Read about her experiences on her blog, Adventures of a Yankee in Cajun Country, at angiekaydilmore.blogspot.com.
Meeting called to order by President Randy Dupre at 10:00 a.m.
Treasurer gave report.
-Call for members to sign up for the conference committee
-All BWG logo entries are due by Feb. 22 and we will vote on them at the March meeting
-Mentioned winners of 2012 Reminiscent Writing Contest Society and announced 2013 contest topic.
- Briefly mentioned the upcoming Youth Writing Contest
-Randy set a 5,000 word goal for this month and invited everyone to join him in meeting a set goal each month - accountability partners
- Chris Baldauf asked about BWG and its members donating old computers to members who don't have and can't afford one.
- Julia passed around a sign up sheet to list your areas of experience so other members can contact you for more info.
- Pam Thibidoeaux mentioned a new newspaper starting in Lake Charles - Tentatively called "Voice of Southwest Louisiana" - and they are looking for writers. Also, TWSJ is hosting a book giveaway contest and seeking submissions - see website for more info.
- Merrilyn Williams has a flash fiction piece being published on Feb. 14 in the online site "Infective Ink".
- Rodney Hennigan is speaking with area youth about motivation and writing - he will mention the BWG Youth Contest to them.
- Mike McHugh is a finalist in an online Humor Writing Contest with Jambalaya News
-Sylvia Ney spoke on "The Power of the Interview and Research" 20 -30 minutes
- Dr. Williams spoke on "Finding Your Peculiar Voice"
- Meeting adjourned 11:57 a.m.
Secretary pro tem
Congratulations to the Reminiscent Writing Contest Winners!
Bayou Writer's Group members Debra Bailey won 3rd Place and Angie Kay Dilmore won 1st Place. You can pick up your certificates at the library when you come to the March BWG meeting. All contributors can pick up their books from the library now. For more information about this contest:
The Loft Literary Center is one of the nation’s leading literary nonprofits. Located in Minneapolis, MN, we are dedicated to promoting literary pursuits both locally and nationally. One of the primary ways we do so is through our online and on-site creative writing classes.
There are many classes on the list that we thought might be of interest to you and your members—click here to view our extensive listing of online classes. We would be grateful if you would consider spreading the word about these classes to your members. If you would like to request more information, or if there’s anything else we can do to help you out, please feel free to let us know.
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The Calcasieu Parish Public Library of Lake Charles, La. will be holding a FREE six-week memoir writing class each Tuesday night from 6-8 p.m. beginning March 5.
The class will be held at Central Library and seating is limited to 12 participants and registration is required on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each class will focus on a different aspect of memoir writing such as format, narrative, and the fluidity of memory. Participants will learn to use the tools of fiction (scene, character, dialogue) to tell a true story about their lives. Participants who finish the six-week course can expect to complete several short memoir pieces and perhaps develop the foundation of a book-length memoir. Participants will be required to share their work with the class each week. Dr. Gabriel Morley, a writer and librarian, will lead the class.
The meeting will begin with group business and updates followed by member news.
Sylvia Ney will be talking about "The Power of Research and the Interview".
Sylvia holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Lamar University of Beaumont. She has more than 15 years experience as a teacher and has published newspaper and magazine articles, short stories, poetry and photography. She is serving as President of Texas Gulf Coast Writers. You can learn more about her: http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/
Dr. Philip Williams will then be speaking on "Finding Your Peculiar Voice." For more information see the previous post.
Dr. Philip Williams, President of McNeese State University, will be speaking on "Finding Your Peculiar Voice."
Dr. Williams earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina, graduating with honors in history. He earned his law degree at the Columbia University School of Law in New York City. During the course of his legal profession, he practiced corporate law and served as administrative vice president and counsel for Sea World, Inc. During the 1980’s he and his wife Sandra were active writers, publishing a series of children’s mysteries, adult mysteries, and non-fiction works.
In 1994, Dr. Williams returned to Chapel Hill to earn his M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in Health Policy and Administration. He served for one year as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, then accepted a faculty position at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina, where he taught health law and management courses in the College of Business and was appointed to serve as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. He joined the staff of Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 2003 as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, and in 2006 he became President of the University of Montevallo in Alabama.
In the spring of 2010 he was selected to serve as the 6th President of McNeese State University. Since his arrival at McNeese, he has presided over the development of a new strategic plan, which features the promotion of innovative teaching and learning, regional partnerships, service-learning opportunities, applied research, cultural engagement, and athletic excellence. He has frequently stated his desire for McNeese to play an active role in the civic and economic renaissance likely to transform Southwest Louisiana over the next five years.
BWG member Mike McHugh will be speaking on "Humor Writing for the Non-Humorist".
McHugh is author of The Dang Yankee, a humorous column about a life in Louisiana and the world at large, from the perspective of a slowly graying northerner who never quite grew up. Started in 2009, it is a popular feature in The Jambalaya News, a local publication covering Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas. Current and past articles are available on the paper’s website.
Mike is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, part of that Never Never Land between North and South, a man without a subculture. He eats gumbo and listens to Wille Nelson while he roots for the Ravens and hankers for crab cakes. He’d be totally schitzo if it weren’t for the few commonalities between Maryland and Louisiana, one being that both states have sent former governors to jail.
He is a member of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Group, The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Bayou Writers’ Group.
Mike and his wife, Susan, have two adult children. They now share their house with four cats, some tropical fish, and, at any give time, an untold number of uninvited pests. But then, that’s life on the big bayou.
President - Chris Baldauf Vice Pres. - Michele Abshire Secretary - Cliff Seiber Treasurer - Sherry Perkins Publicist - Pat Fox Newsletter Editor - Sylvia Ney Member At Large - Beth Savoie Historian - Julia Rodriguez