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


Board Members

Dennis Eamon Young - President 


Photographer and Art Director: Dennis is a writer and professional photographer living in Shell Beach. Though he photographs everything, he specializes in portraits and commercial photography, and works on his stories and novels between photography sessions. 

Dennis began his photography in New York City in 1969, with magazine and advertising assignments. He is a genuine people person and enjoys being a member of SLO NightWriters as both a writer and as staff photographer. 

Website:; email him at:; or write to him at PO Box 3438, 

Shell Beach, CA 93449

Andrea Chmelik

Vice President
Social Media Coordinator
Tolsoa Press Editor and Submission Manager

Andrea is a blogger and a stay at home mom of two. She was born in Slovakia and came to the Central Coast two years ago with her husband, son and daughter, and two cats. Andrea mainly blogs about challenges of motherhood, but also comments on other topics, ranging from identifying home to dealing with death. She was honored to be chosen a featured member at Andrea's current book and blogs can be found at Emails to Daddy (print book) Emails to Daddy (e-book)

Treasurer  Chair and Newsletter Editor: Susan Tuttle

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

Assistant Newsletter Editor:

Elizabeth Roderick

Elizabeth Roderick grew up, so to speak, in Washington State.  She most recently lived in the Seattle area, where she was a member of several working rock bands, a paralegal, and a chemistry student.  When she moved to California in the fall of 2013 she started writing, taking to it with a sort of compulsive mania.  

She is currently working on the seventh book in a young adult fantasy series, as well as some autobiographical vignettes, and is researching publishing options for the first YA novel.

When not writing, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and backpacking.  She is married to a wonderful biochemist, and has a charming daughter.

She keeps a blog at, and news on her series will be available at    

Webmaster and Programs Director:

Janice Konstantinidis

Janice joined SLO NightWriters with the goal of developing her writing skills. She is Australian by birth and has lived on California's Central Coast eight years. She is currently writing her memoir.  She enjoys writing limericks as well.

She has been writing shorter pieces, prose, poetry most of her life. Janice is currently her memoir, which chronicles her time spent as a child laborer in a Magdalen 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.

Janice is writing a Wikipedia page about the institution where she was incarcerated - Mount Saint Canice.  

Contact her by email at

Membership Director

Hanje Richards:

Hanje's role is to convey members suggestions or concerns to the board, to listen to members and bring their issues, needs and interests to the board; to identify potential problems and possibilities; to survey the members at least once a year to determine the degree of satisfaction experienced by the members and to identify concerns and problems; to write a monthly column for the newsletter.

Please feel free to contact Hanje at


Publishing Director:

Randy Ross

Critique Groups Coordinator: 

Position open -

Acting Coordinator

Janice Konstantinidis

Contest Director: Tom Snow

Tom Snow

After twenty-two years in Sydney, Tom Snow recently moved back to his native U.S. with his Australian wife and daughter.  He is on the board of San Luis Obispo’s premier authors’ guild, SLO NightWriters, where he is currently serving as the contest director of their annual Golden Quill Award.  As well as working on his upcoming novel, Tom coaches and critiques for various organizations within the community.

Tom has a newly published crime thriller, Gut Shot on the River, about Bobbie Swann, a former poker pro and casino security consultant, and his genius, wheelchair-bound brother who are kidnapped from their farm by a brutal crime baron and held captive to train a team of handpicked players to cheat at the lucrative World Series of Poker in Las Vegas using a collaborative signalling system.

Tom has also written a romantic comedy set in Sydney, called The Pope Goes Speed Dating, due out later this year.  It explores the life of a young woman as it is turned on its head by her unexpected inheritance of a perpetual endowment, a mansion on Bondi Beach and the services of her late grandfather’s English butler.  It incorporates many of the rich experiences of the author’s years spent in Australia, including its quaint traditions, diverse and strikingly beautiful landscape, and its fun-loving people with their quirky wit and vernacular. 

Photograph by Dennis Eamon Young.

Secretary and Board Historian: Sharyl Heber


Sharyl has been a member of SLO NightWriters for close to 30 years. 

She's served on the Board on Directors for over five years in the capacity of Vice President, Critique Group Coordinator, Board Historian, and now, General Assistant. She's a novelist, poet, lyracist and screenwriter as well as papercrafter and fiber artist.

Kalila Volkov - Sunshine Chair: Kalila loves being in the Hi Hopes workshop.  She's the author of Fishing for Equilibrium: The Power of a Diary (self-published in 2008), and she enjoys writing poems, several of which have appeared in Women's Press and the local Sierra Club newsletter.  She works as a clerical sub for the school district and sings with Cuesta Master Chorale. See her listing on the Members' Publications page.

Photograph by Dennis Eamon Young

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