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SLO NightWriters General Meeting

  • Tuesday, September 11, 2012
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • PG&E Education Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

Previous Meetings 

September General Meeting

  What’s Your Point of View?

The September 11th NightWriters meeting is a triple-header, chock full of fun and information that every writer needs.

Susan Tuttle, author of the popular Write It Right series of writing workbooks, will present an overview of the six Point of View types, and lead us in a POV exercise.

The board has cooked up a fun presentation on what’s planned for 2013 and to gather your valuable input.

Two scholarships will be awarded to the exciting boot camps at this year's Central Coast Writers Conference at Cuesta College: the Travel Writers Boot Camp and the Writer Tech, Toys, and Tools Boot Camp. You must be present to win a scholarship.

Bring a note pad and pen or your laptop, your talents and ideas, and a friend or two, to the PG&E building, Avila Beach, 7 p.m. This is a meeting you do not want to miss!

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, September 11, 2012 Program is described below. We hope that you'll join us.


August General Meeting

A Night of Critique!

Members and guests are encouraged to bring 250-500 words to read at the mic for critique.

BONUS!! If you ALSO send your piece electronically before August 4th, The Critique Panel will provide an electronic line-item edit to the first five submissions.

Email your submission (up to 500 words) to
Place ‘FOR AUGUST CRITIQUE’ in the subject line.

A chapter, a short story, a scene… Don't be shy! Bring your work to the August meeting. It will be encouraging, informative and fun!

We’ll hear and critique as many pieces as time allows. Our experienced panel will give feedback to the reader, and we’ll take comments from the general NW membership as well. And, don’t forget to bring paper and pen for taking critique notes.

We’ll demonstrate how to give critiques, how to receive them. We’ll cover the basics of effective critique process and discuss the variations that have evolved in our existing groups. This is an interactive, hands-on meeting.

One of the greatest values of participating in a critique process is that you get to hear a variety of perspectives and learn by what other writers do right and not so right. It’s a fabulous way to improve your skills! SLO NightWriters Critique Groups are a special part of the NightWriters' experiences. They are a members-only benefit and offer a way to exchange writing for feedback with others in a supportive environment. For group guidelines and further information regarding our critique groups, visit our website at or contact our Critique Group Coordinator, Sharyl Heber

July General Meeting Summary

Audio Books: Tricks of the Trade

Tucked away in Los Osos is a state-of-the- art audio engineering studio designed by Chris Pelonis, acoustic architect for Disney Burbank and Skywalker Sounds. .The 1 Audio’s owner and engineer, Luke Thoene chose Pelonis because he was the best to develop his studio in 2007.

“In today’s digital world,” said Thoene, “an author can create their own audio book, but it would be wise to understand how to make it the best it can be. Every word of every page must be edited to give the perfect sound to an audio-book, but in today’s world of author-friendly technology, there are apps and programs to help create your own audio-book outside a professional sound studio.”

At the July SLO NightWriters, poets, novelists, children’s, and nonfiction writers will benefit from Thoene lists of best practices to produce audio-books.

            As a youth in Bakersfield, he dabbled in music, but was hooked when he discovered acoustic synthetics at the American University of London. After graduating, he returned to Bakersfield and worked on his career passion, audio engineering. He was lucky his parents needed his expertise to develop their audio books. Bodie and Brock Thoene are the best selling authors of the Zion Covenant and Zion Chronicles Series. They contracted him to produce more than 65 of their audio books plus he has been busy developing audio books for Reasons to Believe, a Christian ministry.

Recently, Thoene added a musical director, Scott Estes, to partner in career training courses in audio engineering, musical performance and recording classes.

Thoene said, “Scott has a rare talent for adaptability. He can play without rehearsal, understands the mood, concept and style needed in an audio book production. He plays the same way I think.”

The 1 Audio has classes or one can contract with Luke and Scott to produce an audio book. Meanwhile, Luke is pleased to share his expertise with members and friends of SLO NightWriters.

For more information about Luke and his programs find him at

AND COMING SOON AT A SLO LOCATION NEAR AND DEAR TO OUR HEARTS is the 28th Annual Central Coast Writers’ Conference. Director Judy Salamacha will have 2012 brochures hot of the printing press so you can register at the discounted early bird rate. Find out about the two…yes…two boot camps this year:


Tech, Toys & Tools: Self-Publishing & Guerilla Marketing presented by Carla King (Self-Publishing Boot Camp) and Larsen-Pomada Literary Senior Agent Laurie McLean;


the VAC Travel Writing Boot Camp with ten (10) Central Coast experience tours produced by Judie Fein and Paul Ross (Life is a Trip)


For the first time in the 28 year history a poet will keynote the conference. Jack Grapes is an industry icon who is not only a poet, but a publisher of a literary magazine (onthebus), the developer/author of Method Writing, a playwright and award winning actor. And there are still 32 more workshops in science fiction, life story, screenwriting, romance, poetry, children’s, publishing and editing by 19 faculty members.


Judy is bringing along two of the 28th Annual CCWC faculty members to share what they will be teaching at the conference: Robin Mellom, teen author of Ditched and soon to be released The Classroom, The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet Epic Kid and Barbara Hodges, who has published numerous fantasy and mystery books, She just might tease us with her thoughts on collaboration with co-writers…she’s been involved in several.

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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