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Welcome to SLO NightWriters


Board Members

Janice Konstantinidis


Janice Konstantinidis, joined SLO NightWriters in 2010 with the goal of developing her writing skills.

Janice immigrated to the the USA from Australia in 2005. She lives on the Central Coast of California.

She has been writing shorter pieces, prose, poetry most of her life. Janice is currently writing her memoir, which chronicles her time spent as a child laborer in a Magdalene Laundry in Australia. She intends to write a book of limericks as well.

Janice won four awards in the 2013 Lillian Dean Writer's Contest. First and second place in 'Creative Non Fiction Memoir', and second and third place in Poetry. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Letters in English Literature from The Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra. She also practiced as a Gerontologist for many years.

Tammie Burnsed

Vice President

Tammie Burnsed has lived in San Luis Obispo County since 1988. She became a member of SLO NightWriters after earning an MFA in Creative Writing in 2008. Tammie first identified herself as a writer in the 6th grade when a play she wrote was chosen to be performed at camp. She fears she may have peaked too soon.

Primarily a writer of fiction, Tammie is a Lillian Dean Award winner and an active member of her NightWriters critique group. Her work has been published in several anthologies and literary magazines.

Tammie values the presence of a writing community in her life. She embraces the opportunity to help other writers find the support they need to become confident in their craft.

Steve Derks


Steve is a native of Houston. A graduate of Northwestern University, in Engineering Science. Five years in the Navy followed by 30 years as an Engineer and Procedure Writer at Diablo Canyon.  He is currently enjoying his retirement.

Steve loves the outdoors, reading, and travel.

Leonard Carpenter:


Much-published author of stories, poems, and eleven Conan the Barbarian novels (as a “posthumous collaborator” with Robert E Howard, 1906-1936). Experienced as a technical writer for Disney, Strasbaugh, and other hard and software purveyors. Two novels published since, and my current novel project Fountain of Youth is a modern-day fantasy quest set in Cuba.

2. Published Books:

Tor PBs: Conan The: Renegade, Raider, Warlord, Hero, Gladiator, Savage, & Outcast;

Conan the Great; Conan of the Red Brotherhood; Conan, Scourge of the Bloody Coast; Conan, Lord of the Black River.  Digital on Kindle and Smashwords: Biohacker.

And since November 2017, Lusitania Lost in bookstores and online from Mango Publications. 

Leonard Carpenter (go to

author of LUSITANIA LOST  from

Susan Tuttle

Newsletter Editor

Acting Contest Director

SLO NightWriters Member at Large. Education Coordinator.

Our longest serving board member. 

Clinics and Round Tables Critique Groups, NW General Meetings.

Susan is a native of Buffalo, New York, Susan moved to the Central Coast in 2004. She is the author of the suspense novel, Tangled Webs. She continues to win awards for her short stories, novels and, recently, her creative non-fiction. Susan writes sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, paranormal suspense and spiritual meditations. 

Her newest book - hot off the press is available on Amazon. Look for 'Proof of Identity', be intruiged.

She is also a professional editor/writing coach. You can find her on Facebook, or contact her through her websites: and or email her at

Jim Aarons, DVM.

Membership Coordinator

Simply Clear Marketing & Media Submissions Manager 

Jeanie Hundertmark

Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Meagan Friberg

Webmaster, Programs Director.

Janice Konstantinidis

Janice joined SLO NightWriters with the goal of developing her writing skills. Janice Konstantinidis is both an Australian and an America Citizen. She lives on the Central Coast of California.

She has been writing shorter pieces, prose, poetry most of her life. She is currently writing a book of limericks.

Janice won four awards in the 2013 Lillian Dean Writer's Contest. First and second place in 'Creative Non Fiction Memoir', and second and third place in Poetry. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Tasmania, a Bachelor of Letters in English Literature from The Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Canberra. She also practiced as a Gerontologist for many years.

Critique Groups Coordinator: 

Patricia Gimer

Born in Clarence, NY, Pat Gimer was raised mostly in Tucson, AZ.  She also lived in Reno, NV and Santa Barbara, CA. In 1987 she moved to Los Osos where she raised a family. 

Pat earned her Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Bachelors of Arts in Social Services & Corrections. She has worked as a Medical Social Worker and a Mental Health Therapist in a variety of settings including the state prison system.  She is currently retired from Private Practice and is an on-call Mental Health Specialist for R3Continuum, a company that works with EAP Programs to assist employees affected by critical incidents.    

Now, semi-retired, Pat enjoys having more time to pursue her interests. Writing and Tango dancing are at the top of her list.   

Pat's writing has been published in: 

Solo Press:  Poetry - Storm-Walking

The Well Spouse Foundation Newsletter - Article

Simply Clear Marketing and Media - Short Story - Lone Rider

KIND Magazine.

Critique Group Coordinator Duties:

Communicate Critique group availability, requests, and news to the general membership via the NW Newsletter and Website. Work with Newsletter Editor and Web Master to post Critique group information.

The job could also include:

Visit existing Critique Groups, serving as liaison to NightWriters and encouraging NightWriter membership for all critique group participants by educating about the benefits of NightWriters.

Highlight the work of Critique Group members in the NW Newsletter with a group photo, group description, and samples of writing.

Coordinate and run a general meeting on the subject of Critique, where members read work aloud and receive critique from an experienced panel. Work with Program Director to schedule this event.

Periodically schedule meetings for anyone interested in joining a group in order to foster new group formation.

Other creative ideas to promote NW critique groups.

Board Member at Large

Tia Araminta


Jean Moelter

Assistant Webmasters 

Steve Kliewer

Steve Derks

Critique Group -  Round Tables - Moderators


Terry Sanville    805-541-0492

Round Table Critique Sessions moderator

Susan Tuttle

Round Table Critique Sessions Moderator

Rosie Makinney

Peer Critique Group Moderator.

Conference room. General Meeting - 2nd Tuesday of the month 5:15 pm.

Baxter Clare Troutman

Hospitality Committee

Brian Schwartz

Hospitality Committee

Sunshine Chair:

Torry Dickinson

Torry is the person you can email if you know of a member who needs a card send to cheer them up, wish them a speedy recovery or pay respects for the loss of a dear one.

Board Photographer  - Past President Honorary Member:

Dennis Eamon Young:

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