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SLO NightWriters General Meeting

  • Tuesday, January 10, 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • PG&E Education Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
SLO NightWriters general meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at The PG&E Education Center, 6588 Ontario Road, San Luis Obispo, CA, just off Highway 101 at the San Luis Bay Drive exit, 7 - 9 pm. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Our Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Program is described below. We hope that you'll join us.

A Look Back In Time: Researching Roots and Celebrating The Western
Guest Speakers:
Authors Bill Scott & Anne Schroeder

The following description was written by Program Director Judy Salamacha.

Is it time for the return of the western? You know, that time when a handshake was a bonded promise, when the good guys were squeaky clean-good and the bad guys were really dark. When women were seen, but not often heard, because they were cooking and cleaning and tending -- longingly taking care of their heroes. When each adventure was the story about a man and his horse or a boy and his dog or a lady in waiting, whether of the night or at the homestead.

And the love interest was romanticized by a brief touch of the hand, locked penetrating eyes saying it all. Unless one of the sets of eyes was the lady of the night, and then it was a quick tumble with skirted ruffles covering the coverlets.

But I digress to celebrate a genre prominent on the book shelves, which appears to be making its way back to the Silver Screen and TV-Town. The western has always offered golden themes for conflict yet rich and less complicated settings and characterization. Point of view would probably never be from a man’s horse, although I heard recently that how one treats his or her horse represents a “window to his or her soul.”

At our January meeting the team of Bill Scott and Anne Schroeder will be defining the Western genre, the traditional western and its historical derivatives. They’ll explain why reading western history can be valuable to every writer in all genres. They’ll also solve the mystery: Why westerns are on the upsurge.

Anne Schroeder scored a first at the
Fall Convention of Women Writing the West. She won the Laura Short Fiction Award to add to her many SLO NightWriters’ and CCWC-Lillian Dean awards.

Over forty of Anne’s short stories and essays have appeared in national magazines such as Potpourri, Liguorian, Skipping Stones, Stitches, Mindprints, Lynx Eye, Western Digest, Romantic Hearts, Radiance, and Christian Reader.

Currently serving as SLO NightWriters’ Publicity Director, she is a fifth-generation Californian She writes about the West and her spiritual faith, in novels, short stories and memoir.

Her published memoir, Ordinary Aphrodite, is a zany look at self-acceptance and appreciation as a boomer woman. Branches on the Conejo is a farm memoir of Southern California. Scent of Cedars is an anthology that she edited. All are available on, at local bookstores, and at Anne’s website.

Anne also teaches writing courses through RWA and Women Writing the West. She has been a SLO NightWriter since 1988 and credits this organization for her growth as a writer, speaker and inspirational presenter.

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Bill Scott recently won the coveted 2011 Willa Literary Award for Original Soft Cover Fiction at the Fall Convention of Women Writing the West. His novel Light On A Distant Hill claimed the first place honor in Original Soft Cover Fiction.

Bill Scott holds Bachelor's degrees from Washington State University and Brooks Institute of Photography. He is a former professional photographer and college speech instructor. Although he has written throughout his lifetime, he has been writing with a purpose since 1999.

Writing as B.J. Scott, he is the author of four historical novels, the first three of which appeared between 2004 and 2008, and form the Angel Trilogy. His latest novel, Light On A Distant Hill, appeared in 2010, and was declared the winner of the 2011 Women Writing the West WILLA Award for Original Soft Cover Fiction.

Bill can count a bit of Cherokee blood in his heritage. He has had a life-long fascination with the Old West, and with the white-Indian experience.

His next novel, tentatively titled At the Turning Away, will deal with the passing away of the Old West from a white and Indian perspective.

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As well, please be aware that many of our members who have published books will have those books available at the meeting for your reading -- and purchasing -- pleasure!


1. Heading South on 101: Take San Luis Bay Drive exit (#196); turn right at stop sign, then the first left onto Ontario. It’s a quick left, because Ontario is a frontage road, so keep an eye out. As usual in California, signage isn’t as good as it could be. The PG&E Center is on the right about 1/4 mile from the turn.


2. Heading North on 101: Take San Luis Bay Drive exit (#196); turn left at the stop sign and go across the bridge over the highway. Just after bridge ends, after the southbound entrance to the 101, turn left onto Ontario, the frontage road. You’ll find PG&E on the right just a little way down the road. Huge parking lot with lots of lighting.

For questions: email

Mailing Address:
1126 Nipomo Ave
Los Osos, CA 93402

Meeting Address:
11245 Los Osos Valley Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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