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General Meeting & Round Table Critique: Carolyn Rohrbach, Teresa Rhyne & Katya Cengel: "Writing to Heal"

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024
  • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 11245 Los Osos Valley Rd San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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


Carolyn Rohrbach, Teresa Rhyne, Katya Cengel

Writing to Heal

Three writers. Three different experiences with illness and end of life. Three different ways of writing about it. 

Together they share their stories of healing, writing, publishing and promoting.

Carolyn Rohrbach, a hospice spiritual counselor, self-published her first book chronicling her favorite patients in time counseling the dying, Glint of Light: 23 End-of Life Stories. Katya Cengel, a journalist, published her memoir Straitjackets and Lunch Money, about her time in a psychosomatic ward as a 10-year-old, with a small press. Teresa Rhyne, a lawyer, published her #1 New York Times bestselling memoir about surviving cancer alongside her dog, The Dog Lived (and So Will I), with Sourcebooks, distributed by Random House. 

Their experiences with illness, death, and publishing run the gamut, and their words of advice on writing and publishing do as well. Join this trio for a humorous, helpful and heartfelt talk about life, death and how to heal through writing. 

Carolyn Rohrbach is a spiritual director, hospice spiritual counselor and author. Her first book, Glint of Light: 23 End-of Life Stories, has been embraced by book clubs nationwide.   

Katya Cengel is an author, journalist and journalism instructor at Cal Poly. The San Francisco Chronicle called her latest book, Straitjackets and Lunch Money, “incredibly affecting.” 

Teresa Rhyne is a bestselling author, lawyer, animal lover, and cancer survivor. Her memoir The Dog Lived (and So Will I) was a #1 NYT and Wall Street Journal bestseller and has been translated into eight languages. 

 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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