SLO NW Critique Groups
The Premier Writing Organization
On California's Central Coast
Welcome to SLO NightWriters
SLO NIGHTWRITER CRITIQUE GROUPS
NW Critique Groups are a wonderful benefit of NW Membership.
Some groups are full right now, but many welcome visitors. Always contact the group leader listed for specific information regarding group availability and visiting options. SLO NW cannot guarantee critique group formation or availability, but we do strive to facilitate connections between writers so they can initiate and develop their own writing affiliations. While we cannot be, and are not, responsible for any outcomes from these associations, we hope they lead to great creative magic and magnificent literary works!
Contact Janice Konstantinidis to list your critique group and critique needs in the NW Newsletter and on the NW Web site. firstname.lastname@example.org
Usually meet every other Thursday at the Coffee Bean in Pismo Beach, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Next month our schedule has changed to accommodate one of our writers, and we will meet on Fridays, September 11 and 25, same times.
Closed to new members.
Contact: Mark A Ruszczycky email@example.com
NORTH COUNTY CRITIQUE GROUP
Meets twice a month on Thursday from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Atascadero Library. The group includes intermediate and advanced level writers of fiction and non-fiction, both published and unpublished. Our critique process is upbeat and constructive. We send around pieces in advance, and read aloud at sessions. Potential new members are encouraged to visit to see if we are a mutual fit.
CURRENTLY OPEN TO A COUPLE OF NEW MEMBERS
Contact: Group co-coordinators: Lillian Brown 805-215-6107
or Mike Perry 805-466-8311
North County Raconteurs
We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month in Paso Robles. The first meeting is in the evening, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm; the second meeting is in the afternoons, from 12 noon until 2:30 pm.
We prefer experienced writers, and are fiction writers: short stories, novellas and novels, for both adults and MG/YA. As for genres, our only exceptions are non-fiction, memoirs, and poetry.
A critique group is created to help writers become better writers, so we don't expect final, "polished" manuscripts, as those should be sent to an editor, agent, or publisher, not to a critique group.
Currently open to two new members.
Contact: Mikki Sadil: firstname.lastname@example.org
This group has no genre restrictions and no skill level restrictions. Meeting location is
San Luis Obispo. The day and meeting times will be open to discussion.
THIS GROUP IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Contact David Schwab, 543-3111 or by email email@example.com
This group was created to fill a need for a Los Osos/San Luis Obispo group that incorporates writers who
generate stories, essays, novels, poetry–you get the picture–writers of any description.
Whether or not you wish to publish, we’ll help you with ideas to improve your writing.
Led by Sharon Sutliff, we meet on the second and fourth Mondays at 9 AM and usually wrap up in time for lunch.
We meet in various locations. Call one of the moderators to arrange a visit, or get more information.
CURRENTLY OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS
Contact Sharon Sutliff, 544-4034 or Audrey Yanes 534-1919
WHAT IF? WRITING GROUP II
Meets every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Los Osos. Work is produced
in each session, then analyzed according to the objective of the day’s goal. Based on
writing exercises designed to jump- start the creative process (gleaned from a variety of
published authors), these sessions take writers through the process of writing fiction from
inception of idea to the final resolution. This group is for all writers who want to learn
the process of crafting a well-told story while developing their own voice and style. We
explore such topics as ideas, character, story arc, tone, voice, POV, tension, dialogue,
resolution, writing mechanics, etc.
There is a Fee involved for this class.
(If enough interest is expressed, a night class in Los Osos may be started.)
CURRENTLY OPEN FOR ONE MORE MEMBER
Susan Tuttle 458-5234, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets twice monthly on the second and fourth Wednesdays in San Luis Obispo, dealing
with book-length works. The group is fully committed to helping one another craft
material in the chosen genres with helpful critiques and encouragement. Marketing
techniques are part of the on-going exchange. We are currently full but welcome one
time guests to observe how our group functions in the hope of encouraging establishment
of new groups.
CURRENTLY FULL – NOT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS
Contact Barbara Wolcott 543-5240 or by email email@example.com
LONG STORY SHORT
Flash fiction/nonfiction only. Meets the 2nd Friday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 12
noon, in Arroyo Grande. Bring paper and pencil or your laptop, if you are so inclined. We
go over current flash markets and contests, discuss technique, and practice quick
exercises in tight writing.
CURRENTLY FULL – NOT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS
Call or email to be placed on a waiting list.
Contact Diane Smith 858-414-0070 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets in Los Osos on the first and third Wednesdays at 7pm till usually 10pm.
The first Wednesday's meeting is hosted at the home of Charlie Perryness, 800 Santa
Ysabel Street, Los Osos. 805-528-4090
The third Wednesday's meeting will be hosted by Anne Allen, 562 Henrietta Avenue,
Los Osos CA 93402
email@example.com (805) 528-1006
The group runs a tight ship so that everyone can read. No cross talk permitted. At the
beginning and at our break we socialize. We’re all serious but fun-loving.
Presently the writing covers several
genres: YA novels; short stories; short stories woven into a novel; fantasy;
humorous mystery novel; political
satire novel; and personal essays. We write just about everything except poetry.
CURRENTLY FULL – NOT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS - But Guests are always
Meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays from 9:00 am to noon in San Luis. Members bring original
work to each session and read aloud to the group. The group provides constructive
suggestions for improving the writing and the structure of the stories. Prose forms of
literature–short stories, novels, memoirs, essays, newspaper and magazine articles,
travel–are this group’s forte. It welcomes writers who are serious about producing work
for publication. Those interested in attending or who need more information should
OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS
Contact Terry Sanville 541-0492 or Gloria Pautz 543-2049
SOUTH COUNTY WRITERS
Meets on the second and fourth Saturdays from 9:30 AM to noon in Grover Beach. This
group thrives on variety, writing short stories, articles and novels, all genres from fiction
to biography and memoirs. Members exchange work by email at least one week before
the meeting. This allows everyone to receive in-depth critiques aimed at eliminating
weaknesses and increasing strengths in everything from plot and character development
to grammar and proper manuscript preparation. We meet in a casual and fun atmosphere
and are serious about fully developing each member’s writing talent, whether for
publication or self- satisfaction. Visitors welcome. Please call in advance.
THE GROUP IS CURRENTLY FULL. NOT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS.
Moderator: Judythe Guarnera, 474-9598
WHAT IF? WRITING GROUP 1
For all writers. Meets every Wednesday in Grover Beach from 10:30 am to12:30 pm.
Not a traditional NightWriter critique group. Work is produced in each session, then
analyzed according to the objective of the day’s goal.
Based on writing exercises designed to jump- start the creative process (gleaned from a
variety of published authors), these sessions take writers through the process of writing
fiction from inception of idea to the final resolution. This group is for all writers who
want to learn the process of crafting a well-told story while developing their own voice
and style. We explore such topics as ideas, character, story arc, tone, voice, POV, tension,
dialogue, resolution, writing mechanics, etc.
CURRENTLY FULL. NOT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS
Susan Tuttle 458-5234 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
TEEN FICTION CRITIQUE GROUP
Meets every other Friday in Los Osos, with a specific focus on fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal
fiction for teens. Members exchange work and critiques by email, then expound on
comments in person at bi-monthly meetings. When needed, in-person meetings may be
conducted via Skype.
CURRENTLY FULL. NOT OPEN TO NEW MEMBERS
Contact Shruti Maniar by email email@example.com