Thursday, February 28, 2013

March 2 Meeting Update

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: 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.

Monday, February 25, 2013

March 2 Meeting

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 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

You can also read an interview of her: 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Report on February 2 Meeting

Bayou Writers Group
Minutes of regular meeting – February 2, 2013
Carnegie Library, Lake Charles LA
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.

Respectfully submitted,
Sylvia Ney
Secretary pro tem

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Reminiscent Writing Contest‏ Winners

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:

Calcasieu Parish Public Library
SW LA Genealogical & Historical Library
411 Pujo Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601-4254

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Online Writing Classes

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.
Thank you very much for your help!
Best wishes,
Kristen Frank
Marketing Intern | The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South | Suite 200, Open Book
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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Memoir Writing Class

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.

For more information or to register, contact Morley at 721-7167 or