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General Meeting & Round Table Critique: A Conversation with Deanne Stillman

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2024
  • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Chandler Hall, UCC San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405



5:15 pm (PT) Critique Group Round Table

6:30 pm (PT) General Meeting Presentation

Join SLO NightWriters for a special evening featuring a conversation between journalist and SLO Review publisher Charlotte Alexander and critically acclaimed writer Deanne Stillman. Stillman is a widely published author of literary nonfiction. Her books include Blood Brothers (Ohioana Book Award Winner; Kirkus Reviews, starred review“Best of the West 2018,” True West Magazine); Desert Reckoning (based on a Rolling Stone piece, winner of the Spur and LA Press Club Awards for Nonfiction, an Amazon Editors Pick, a Southwest Book of the Year), and Mustang, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. In addition, she wrote the cult classic,Twentynine Palms, a Los Angeles Times bestseller that Hunter Thompson called “A strange and brilliant story by an important American writer.” Stillman is a founding professor in the University of California at Riverside Palm Desert Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, where she taught for thirteen years. 

Stillman's latest book is American Confidential, which was praised by Jerry Stahl, Darin Strauss, Gustavo Arellano, T. Jefferson Parker, and others. Air Mail described its prose as "dazzling and evocative," and excerpts are featured on Crime Reads and Public SeminarAmerican Confidential is a mother-son noir tale that plays out across the Wild West of mid-twentieth century America, delving into Lee Harvey Oswald’s nomadic boyhood, and the world of his restless and disillusioned mother, who passed along a legacy of class resentment and a clamorous need to matter. Jerry Stahl wrote: "American Confidential leaves you mind blown with a whole new perspective on a world, and a history, you thought you knew. To the pantheon of bent sons with twisted mothers, let us now add Lee Harvey and Marguerite Oswald. American Confidential is nothing less than a masterfully rendered re-telling of a story that defines us all. It's a brilliant, riveting read."

Volumes of Pleasure Bookshoppe will have copies of Stillman's latest book available for purchase, and Stillman will be available to sign your books.

Photo of Deanne Stillman by Cat Gwynn

ATTEND In person or VIA Zoom

Chandler Hall, UCC San Luis Obispo
11245 Los Osos Valley Rd., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

A Zoom video conference link will be emailed to all SLO NightWriters members a day or two before the meeting.

 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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