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           General Meeting Program June 13th 2017

Round Tables Critique Sessions 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

In this group participants will critique each other's work in a safe and supportive environment. 

This is an opportunity to get feedback on your work in progress and practice your constructive critiquing skills. It is also a great way to get to know other writers in our group. You do not have to bring along work to participate.  Please keep submissions to double spaced, 12 font, two pages. 

A timer will be used to give everyone equal time. 


Susan Tuttle's Workshop 5:15 pm

The Instruction Round Table this month will focus on Dialogue. Dialogue is critical to every story. Bad dialogue will tank a story faster than any other problem. Nothing can make a reader laugh, or put the story down, faster than stilted, awkward or silly dialogue. This month we'll explore how to make dialogue sound natural, the 6 main purposes of dialogue, how to avoid "talking heads', the two main types of dialogue tags and when/when not to use them, the 5 types of Invisible Dialogue Tags, how to insert subtext into your characters' dialogue, the use of indirect directness to keep your story on track, and much more. Come early at 5:15 and learn the secrets of natural-sounding dialogue.


Susan Tuttle

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 Speaker tonight will be Susan Tuttle 6:30 pm

Point of View

Susan Tuttle, who runs the Instruction Round Table each month, is a writing teacher, freelance editor, poet and the award-winning author of 5 suspense novels and one short story collection. Her 6-volume workbook series on writing fiction and creative nonfiction form the basis for her classes. Her shorter works also appear in 5 anthologies. Susan earned a BFA in Theater Arts and she brings her stage experience to both her writing and her reading of fiction stories. She is currently at work on three stand-alone mystery/suspense novels, an ongoing series featuring Skylark (a PI with psychic abilities), and two Young Adult fantasy trilogies. 

You can find Susan on Facebook (susanwriter), Twitter (stuttlewriter) and on her website:

Perfecting Point of View (POV)

Point of View is one of the easiest concepts to understand and the hardest to master. Problems with POV in your narrative can confuse readers, turn them off, and even make them laugh—and not in a good way. This presentation will focus on the 7 types of POV; how and when to use each to best advantage; how to choose the correct POV for each of your stories; how to make your characters’ voices unique and easily recognizable through POV; and how to effectively craft an unreliable narrator.


Bio: Susan Tuttle is a writing teacher, freelance editor, and the slightly twisted author of 3 suspense novels: Tangled Webs, Sins of the Past, and Piece By Piece, the paranormal suspense novel Proof of Identity, and the historical suspense novel, A Matter of Identity, and the Skylark PI series, and the critically acclaimed Write It Right: Exercises to Unlock the Writer in Everyone workbook series for fiction and creative nonfiction, based on her classes. Susan is past president of both SLO NightWriters and the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime, and also a member of SinC National and PSWA. Find her on LinkedIn and Facebook ( susanwriter), Twitter (stuttlewriter), and follow her Wednesday writing prompt at


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