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General Meeting & Round Table Critique: Joan Gelfand - "You Can Be a Winning Writer"

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • United Church of Christ 11245 Los Osos Valley Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93402

5:15 pm (PDT) Critique Group Round Table

6:30 pm (PDT) General Meeting Presentation

In Person or Zoom

11245 Los Osos Valley Rd San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Zoom Invite Link: to be emailed to all members before the meeting

Speaker - Joan GelFand

“You Can Be a Winning Writer”

Have you written that book, play, poetry collection, script but don’t know what to do next? Have you sent your work out but haven’t received the big “YES!” Yet?

Joan Gelfand will talk you through the steps to creating a rejection-proof submission. With over 20 years writing, submitting and publishing Joan has had the rejections - and the success. You can too.

Joan’s book for writers, “You Can Be a Winning Writer: The 4 C’s of Author Success,” is an Amazon #1 best seller. Award winning author of three volumes of poetry and a chapbook of short fiction, Joan’s debut novel “Extreme,” set in a Silicon Valley startup, was published by Blue Light Press in 2020 and was a Finalist in the International Book Awards.

Joan’s debut memoir, “Outside Voices: A Memoir of the Berkeley Revolution,” is published by Post Hill Press. Publisher’s Weekly wrote: “This stirring account from the front lines of the feminist movement enchants.”

President Emeritus of the Women’s National Book Association, Joan is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, a juror for the Northern California Book Awards and has taught for California Poets in the Schools, Poetry Out Loud and The Writing Salon.

Recipient of numerous awards, nominations and honors, Joan’s work appears in the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Huffington Post, Rattle, PANK! Prairie Schooner, Kalliope, The Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Levure Litteraire, Chicken Soup for the Soul and over 150 lit mags and journals.

 Round Tables Critique Sessions begin at 5:15 

Terry Sanville and  Mark Arnold will be here to critique your work

Please keep your submission to two pages, typed, 12-point font, double spaced. This is a great—and safe—way to see what the critiquing process is all about, get valuable feedback from two fantastic writers, and practice reading your work to a small audience

This is an opportunity to get feedback on your work in progress and practice your constructive critiquing skills. It is also a great way to get to know other writers in our group. You do not have to bring along work to participate. Please keep submissions to double-spaced, 12 font, two pages.

Please email your submissions to Terry and Mark by the Saturday before the session:



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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