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General Meeting Program September 14th, 2021

SLO NightWriters General Meeting

6:30 p.m.

Critique Group Round Table, 5:15 p.m.

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Judy Guarnera

Most writers know that description—of setting, characters, action, can make or break a story. 

In this presentation, Judythe will cover general information on description, including show vs tell and then go into detail about a tool which can convert ordinary, prosaic, non-memorable writing to exciting writing that readers won’t want to put down.

Writers and readers take in information through the five senses: sight, taste, sound, smell, and touch, but approximately 83% of our knowledge comes to us visually. What about the other 17%? What about audial learners; those who need tactile stimuli to learn? Prepare to be surprised about which of the five senses leaves the deepest memories.

Yet, despite our different ways of learning, we often expect our readers to respond to just visual descriptions. Check your own writing to see if most of your description isn’t visual.

Judythe confesses that her desire to learn more about how to use the other senses to enliven her writing, is what inspired her to research this topic and share it with you. Her goal is to inspire you and herself to enliven our writing by using all five senses in whatever genre we are writing.


Now 82,

Judythe Guarnera declares herself too old to die young, which she considers a benefit to her writing. She’s happy with her one published novel and now focusses on short stories, memoir, and essays because they provide instant gratification when her time might be limited.

Judythe, the former editor of the nightwriter column in Tolosa Press, and editor of four anthologies has been published in nine anthologies, including four in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her novel, Twenty-Nine Sneezes, is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

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  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.

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