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General Meeting Program April 11th 2017

Round Tables will begin at 5:15 pm

Terry Sanville and Mark Arnold will be here to critique your work

Please keep your submission to two pages, typed, 12-point font, double spaced. This is a great—and safe—way to see what the critiquing process is all about, get valuable feedback from two fantastic writers, and practice reading your work to a small audience

Rosie MaKinney will moderate a second Round Table due to popular demand.
This Round Table Session will be held in the conference room to the left of the  meeting room. 
Please don't forget to sign in first. 5:15 pm

"The flavor of my group will be a safe and supportive facilitator led critique group comprised of peers with relatively equal footing and comparable expertise, where participants can practice their constructive critique skills as well as get feedback on their own writing. Submissions will be 2 x pages, double spaced, font size 12 and will be read by another person in order to see how the writing holds up on its own." Guidlines will be explained at the start of the group.


Susan Tuttle's Workshop 

Crafting Rich Settings

The Instruction Round Table for April will focus on Crafting Rich Settings. Settings do much more than merely ground readers in a specific place and time. A truly rich setting will make your story world come alive for readers. We’ll explore the 4 types and 4 categories, the 7 elements, and the 5 essential ingredients of fascinating settings; how to create atmosphere, reveal information, increase tension, and deepen your story’s theme; the difference between setting and landscape; how and when to reveal setting details; how setting can become a character in itself.

 Come at 5:15 to the Instruction Table to discover how to make your settings draw readers deeply into your stories.

Please note that there will be a charge of $5:00 for all non members who attend a critic group or round table. Payment will be accepted at the entrance to the meeting.

Our guest speaker for this evening will be:

Judythe Guarnera

T I  G  H  T  E  N    Y  O  U  R    W  R  I  T  I  N G


Tight Writing Sells:

Increase your Chances to Attract a publisher


As writer Elmore Leonard says: “I try to leave out the parts that readers tend to skip.” This leads to tight writing.

             Judythe will show you what tight writing is, why it is important, and how to write tight. She’ll show you examples of writing which use throw-away, over-used, weak, wimpy words—all red flags which editors and publishers use to weed out amateurs. There is so much competition these days that writers can’t afford to give either editors or readers a reason to put down their work.

The audience, as a group, will then practice tightening “loose” writing examples.

Judythe will begin her presentation with the story of the children who inspired her novel,Twenty-Nine Sneezes, and explain how she hopes the book will benefit others who have been victimized.

     Founder and former editor of the SLO NightWriter column in Tolosa Press, and Editor of the SLO NightWriter Anthology, Judythe will help you to tighten your writing to increase opportunities for seeing your work in print—whether it be short stories, essays, memoir, novels, a letter to the editor, or anything you want to be read and enjoyed.

She has been published in eight anthologies, including in two Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, and in numerous local newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and online publications. Her novel, Twenty-Nine Sneezes: A Journey of Healing, is available at

            A frequent winner in the Lillian Dean Contest at the Central Coast Writers Conference, Judythe was also a finalist in the NW Golden Quill Contest. She is a volunteer Mentor Mediator, which gives her more opportunity to connect, as she does through her writing.

            The experts contend that tightening one’s writing is not just about staying within word limits for short stories. Tight writing also attracts busy readers who want a fast-paced, interesting story, as well as editors/publishers who want the same for their target audiences.

Janice Konstantinidis

President SLO NightWriters

Programs Director SLO NightWriters

Webmaster SLO NightWriters

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