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Welcome to SLO NightWriters


The Workflow of Writing

A deep dive & collaborative discussion into the writing process.

Facilitated and moderated by Brian Schwartz

Writing is an introverted activity. Even when it's collaborative, we write independently. There’s no single process that works for everyone, and a successful workflow will vary depending on individual preferences.

We'll dive into questions such as:

Where do you begin? Where do your ideas come from? Do you write by pen or by computer? What program do you start with? Where do you do most of you writing? Do you submit to a critique group? Is anyone providing feedback? Have you attended a writing retreat? When do you engage an editor? Should you hold out for an agent/publisher? Is self-publishing a viable option? What tech tools have become part of your process? Why do you write?

I'll share the details of the process my own critique group uses (which we have been refining for nearly 3 years), and will be anxious to see how our group compares to others.

Writers who publish on a regular basis to share their tried and tested do's & don'ts.

In an informal and intimate setting, this promises to be a much different meeting than you are be accustomed to. The orientation of the room will even change to accommodate a fusion of the collective wisdom. This will be a high value meeting to all who attend - guaranteed to give you some unique insights into the writing process.

In an interview awhile back the SLO Life magazine's Tom Franciskovich interviewed Jay Asher (Author of 13 Reasons Why), who's answer served as an inspiration for this special session.

Tom: What advice can you offer an aspiring writer?

Jay Asher: The best advice is to get into a critique group with other writers. They don't have to write the same stuff that you write. There's a difference between writing just because you like writing and writing to try to get published. I think it's important to have someone read your work and then tell you honestly what they thought of it. And you have to train yourself to not defend your work and say things like "What I meant by this was this or that" you have to let the writing speak for itself. My writing improved so much even after I left [the critique group] because, even afterward. I can still hear some of those group members in my head as I write now. Also, one of the main tips I give I writers don't ever go with your first idea whether it's a solution for a scene or a direction for the plot because usually, your first idea is the first idea anybody would have had, so it's probably not the most creative - it's just the most obvious.

We look forward to having you join us!

Tuesday, Sept 12, 2017. 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Where? United Church of Christ of San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo.

Ready Player One?

This is your call to action...

Whatever you've published, bring a copy to show and tell. Be prepared to discuss briefly the process you followed to complete it. If you're still unpublished, then print a few pages and be prepared to explain how those pages came to be.

Writing is not a spectator sport. We'll honor the giants among us and acknowledge the greatness within us.

Your critique group is your posse. Bring your posse and defend your turf. Your group hasn't been named? Get a name. Pick a logo because words can only go so far. Check out The Noun Project to find one.

Participation at this meeting is not optional!
Your future is ready to be written.
Words alone can only take you so far.

Ready Player One?

~ Brian


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 Instructional Table.

September Instruction Round Table will focus on Scenes. Scenes are the building blocks of every story, the elements that hold the plot together in a cohesive whole. This month's Round Table will explore Optimal Scene Length, the 8 Essential Elements of every scene; the Scene Question; what goes into each scene's Beginning, Middle and End; the 9 Scene Structures and when to use them; and opening and ending Scene Transitions. Come learn how to create scenes that pull readers through your story to the very end in a way that makes them feel the events are happening in real time.

See you there!

Janice Konstantinidis

President SLO NightWriters.

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