About Us – NOLA STARS
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The North Louisiana StoryTellers and Authors of Romance is chapter of Romance Writers of America. The chapter started off as NOLA (North Louisiana Chapter of RWA) around 1984 and emerged in 1999 as NOLA STARs.
Nola Stars is a professional organization for both aspiring and published authors. The group promotes excellence in romantic fiction, helps writers become published and establish careers in their writing field, and provides continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.
Monthly meetings provide networking opportunities with fellow writers and industry professionals as well as include speakers on diverse topics: writing techniques, genres, publishing, marketing, and more.
Meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month except in March and December. March, the chapter sponsors a Conference and, in December, a Christmas party. (See Schedule) The chapter meets at the Bossier Central Library History Center, 2206 Beckett Street, Bossier City, La., with business meeting at 10 a.m. and program at 11 a.m. The monthly program lasts from 1 to 1½ hours.
Every spring, Nola Stars sponsors the Written in the Stars Conference. The conference offers multiple tracts with various programs for the novice to the multi-published author. The event provides the aspiring/published author access to editors and agents by offering individual appointments available throughout the day.
Every Fall, NOLA STARs sponsors the Suzannah Contest, which is named in honor of romance author and founding member Suzannah Nelson Davis. This contest is open to all entries from published and unpublished writers, as long as the manuscript is unpublished and not contracted by the October 1 deadline. Whether a member chooses to enter or to judge the contest, both experiences enhance the aspiring/published member’s insight into her/his writing craft.
Other Member Benefits
Nola News – Bimonthly Electronic/Paper Newsletter – A 6 to 12 page newsletter produced in PDF w/paper copies available.
Nola News Extra – Bimonthly Supplemental Electronic Newsletter – An 18 to 36 page supplemental newsletter published in PDF only.
NOLAROM – The Chapter’s Discussion Loop – Various craft files and the newsletters are posted on this site. Members can communicate with each other, ask questions, announce good news, receive contest information, and discuss almost any writing-related.
Nola-Articles – RWA EditorLink produces anywhere from 40 to 60 articles a month. This loop gives the members access to those articles.
Our website, www.nolastars.com, provides information pertaining to the monthly programs, Suzannah Contest, workshops, Written in the Stars Conference, and member information.
Nola Stars Membership is open to all writers, published or unpublished who are also members of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) national organization.
To learn more about RWA, please visit their website.
If you are interested in becoming a part of NOLA STARs, visit the Join Us page.
Nola Stars Board
President: Liz Talley
Vice-President: Winnie Griggs
Treasurer: Nikki Kirkhart
Secretary: Dennis Clarkston
Member-At-Large: Kimberly Proctor