The Premier Writing Organization On
California's Central Coast
Welcome to SLO NightWriters


Our Speaker tonight will be:

Liu Yu and Dawn Cerf – January 14, 2020

Awakening the Sleeping Tiger:

The True Story of a Professional Chinese Athlete

As an impressionable Chinese girl, Liu Yu witnesses the venomous public trial of her mother’s co-worker and friend during the Cultural Revolution, changing her life forever. The incident silences her voice but not her desire to escape from poverty and the wearisome fate her mother endures.

At age eleven, Liu Yu grabs her chance to avoid being sent to the countryside in the government’s plan to re-educate its young people even though it means leaving her supportive family behind. She catapults to the top of Communist society by becoming an elite professional athlete, living the dream of every child in China. Prestige and material comfort, however, are quickly overshadowed by loneliness and a brutal training regimen.

After Liu Yu endures nearly ten years of rigorous martial arts training, feuding coaches threaten her dreams of a national championship. She then must decide whether to follow her family’s values and her heart or push for the championship she feels is within her grasp.

Guided by her grandmother’s wisdom, the young woman realizes what she wants more than fame and fortune is the chance to control her own life. Liu Yu risks everything, finding the courage to turn against the cultural tide in China to seek her own destiny. In the process she rediscovers her voice, the one she lost as a child of the Cultural Revolution.

I hope to see you there.

Steven Mintz, PhD

Program Director SLO NightWriters.

Professor Emeritus

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Round Tables Critique Sessions begin at 5:15 pm

Terry Sanville and  Susan Tuttle 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

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.

Please don't forget to sign in first. 5:15 pm

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.

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