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


Board Members

Dennis Eamon Young 



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.   805-540-1271

Shell Beach, CA 93449

Andrea Chmelik
Vice President
Social Media Coordinator., Tolosa Ecitorial Comitee

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)

Susan Tuttle NW Treasurer and Newsletter Editor, CLinics and Round Tables Critique Groups, NW General Meetins.

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

Assistant Webmasters 

Steve Kliewer

Steve Derks

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


Critique Groups Coordinator: 

Rebecca Heath

Rebecca Piirto Heath is a media and technology educator,  journalist and  author of two books on demographic trends and  American attitudes. She writes frequently for a variety of national and regional publications and has an M.S. in communication from Cornell University, where she conducted research on user reactions to new technology. She has worked in newspapers, magazines and television as reporter, editor, producer and anchor. Most recently a high school teacher and television station manager at a public school district, a family move to SLO at the end of 2012 has started a new chapter in her career - a work of fiction. Scary.

Please contact Rebecca at:

Duty Statement:

This position is an appointed position with full voting privileges on the Board. Coordinator manages the systems and processes related to NightWriter member Critiques and Peer Review.

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
Coordinate the Electronic Line Edit Exchange program by advertising the program to the general membership, logging and updating the names of interested members. Create and maintain an email group for communicating the guidelines and contact information to the participants

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 NW.
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.

Sharyl Heber


Board Historian

Tolosa Press Coordinator 


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, lyricist and screenwriter as well as paper crafter and fiber artist.

Jeanie Hundertmark    805-878-2158

Tolosa Editorial Committee


Lillian Brown     805-215-6107

Tolosa Editorial Committee


Jan Alarcon    805-975-9258

Tolosa Editorial Committee, Newsletter Contributor  


Susan Vasquez    559-313-8846

Tolosa Editorial Committee


Jean Moelter    805-542-9419

Tolosa Editorial Committee


Anna Unkovitch   805-474-1310

Tolosa Editorial Committee

Tia Arimenta

Golden Quill Contest Director


Terry Sanville    805-541-0492

Early Round Table Critique Session co-Leader   


Mark Arnold   805-534-1144 

Early Round Table Critique Session co-Leader   


Refreshments Committee

Leanne Philips  Coordinator  

NightWriters Assistant Secretary.

Baxter Clare Troutman

Brian Schwartz

Mike Price  805-441-4356

Kalila Volkov - Sunshine Chair: 

Kalila enjoys her community service of sending out cards to NW members.  She's the author of Hiking Trail, Treasure Land  (self-published June 2015 through Central Coast Books), as well as Fishing for Equilibrium: The Power of a Diary (self-published in 2008).  She also loves writing poems—many of which have appeared in Women's Press and the local Sierra Club newsletter—along with holiday stories, which ran in several editions of Tolosa Press publications.  She sings with Canzona Women’s Ensemble and intermittently with Cuesta Master Chorale. See her listings on the Members' Publications page.

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