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General Meeting Program  Tuesday October 10th, 2017

Our Speakers this evening will be:

Stephen H. Provost


Mara Purl who will talk to us in honor of the 
late Paul Fahey, and the process of publishing his memoir.

Stephen's presentation will focus on:

Making History With Your Writing: The Past as Every Authors Inspiration.

Why is a background in journalism an asset in writing historical nonfiction?

How do you get started on historical research – what approaches and resources are available? What role can photography play?

How does history play a role in writing fiction, and how can it inspire a strong, original story?

In “Making History With Your Writing: The Past as Every Author’s Inspiration,” I’ll discuss how history informs the writing of nonfiction authors, journalists and novelists alike. Join me for this talk to the SLO NightWriters on Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, where I'll talk about my nonfiction works “Fresno Growing Up” and “Highway 99: The History of California’s Main Street,” as well as my novel, “Memortality.”

How did my work as a reporter and a nonfiction writer inspire me to write a paranormal adventure story about a woman who can raise the dead through the power of her memory? Find out Tuesday October10th, and learn how you can use your own historical research to craft works of fiction.

I'll also be available to answer questions and sign copies of all three books following the presentation. I hope you can join me for this exploration of history’s role in the process of writing.

Stephen H. Provost

Author - Editor - Photographer

All titles available on Amazon

"Memortality, available online and in stores from Pace Press.

"Fresno Growing Up" available online and in stores now from Craven Street Books

Mara Purl will talk to us in honor of the late Paul Fahey, and his memoir.

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.


Round Tables Critique Sessions 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. The 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 October Instructionion Round Table:

The October Instruction Round Table will focus on Brilliant Beginnings. Did you know you have only 5 to 10 seconds to snare readers? No matter how well written the rest of your story is, if the beginning doesn’t pull readers in, no one will ever know. This month we’ll look at the Rule of Firsts: First Sentence, First Paragraph, First Page, First Scene/Chapter. We’ll discuss 8 strategies for opening hooks, the 5 “W’s” of the opening, the 8 essential elements of an effective opening, the 5 purposes of paragraphs, and the role backstory plays in story openings. Come at 5:15 and learn how to open each of your stories with a truly Brilliant Beginning.

See you there -

Janice Konstantinidis

Programs Director SLONW

Webmaster SLONW

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