Afternoon at La Provence

The Northshore Literary Society met tonight at La Provence and it was the biggest event yet. Pamela Ewen and Deb Burst, the founders of the NLS,  planned an exquisite afternoon. There where so many new faces that I believe that people got use to introducing themselves and continued to do so even to people they knew. The wine flowed until it ran out and the waiters circulate with hors d’oeuvres they couldn’t quite name.

The guest speakers Elizabeth Moore and Alice Couvillon we’re delightful. They were funny and entertaining as they explained how they began writing together.  I love the part where they revealed how they found their publisher by working their way through the phone book.  Moore and Couvillon also told us about upcoming projects, one about the largest Indian mounds in the Western Hemisphere and one about Spanish fairy tales.

Also in attendance was Lynda Deniger who’s children’s book Salty Seas & His Heroic Friends has just been publish. I have been watching this book since its manuscript stage and it is simply beautiful in its finished form.

Ewen and Burst are moving the Society towards having paid memberships. The membership cost for the year is $25.oo and the money will go toward the cost of putting on the Sunday Events. Please check out the website for more information or ways to contact the founders. The Northshore Literary Society is the area foremost literary organization working to bring readers and writers together.


Northshore Literary Society (Aug. 9th)

Join us August 9th at Speakeasy Too in Madisonville, LA at 4pm.

Deb Burst and Pam Lott have organized a wonderful afternoon. This meeting’s special  guest are,  Diana Rowland who will be talking about her novel Mark of the Demon and Gene Lipps who will exploring the song writer’s craft.

Donation of $5.00 at the door — light refreshments will be supplied.

Message From Deb Burst — Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association

Hello All,
I’m a board member with Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association and we work hard promoting our state’s great outdoors and encouraging our youth to do the same.

Please join me in helping students from 8 to 18 fine tune their literary and photography skills in spreading the word about our Youth Journalism Contest (YJC). Feel free to copy, paste or forward this email to your contact lists.

The Louisiana Outdoor Writer’s Association in cooperation with The Advocate Educational Services (Baton Rouge newspaper) is proud to sponsor the annual Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest (YJC). The contest is designed to stimulate an interest in outdoor journalism and photography for our state’s young writers and photographers. In addition to cash prizes and other awards, the winning entries will be published in several publications and websites across the state.

Cash prizes in all categories donated by the Louisiana Chapter of the Safari Clubs International.

The 2009 Youth Journalism Contest is now open and accepting entries. The rules are on the attached ad. Entries should be postmarked no later than July 31, 2009.

Submit your entries to the following address:

The Advocate
Educational Services / LOWA
P.O. Box 588
Baton Rouge, LA 70821

For more information see attached ad, or for more details and a look at previous winnings visit: or

As a side note, I invite everyone to read some of my latest work that just hit the shelves.

An exclusive interview with Hoda Kotb in Southern Breeze magazine available at book stores all across the Gulf South.

And a cover story for the national magazine Old House Journal. Enjoy a stunning 8-page spread on how Louisiana architectural historian and director of LSU Rural Life Museum, David Floyd, disassembled, moved and rebuilt a 19th century planter’s home. Old House Journal is available across the country in newstands, book stores and fine department stores.

Thanks a bunch,

Deb Burst
Freelance Writing & Photography
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