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General Meeting & Round Table Critique: Panel on Writing Short: The Pathway to the Great American Novel and to Instant Gratification

  • Tuesday, May 14, 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

Judythe Guarnera leads a panel presentation on how to master writing skills by writing short stories, poems, essays, while building writing creds for your resume in the pursuit of Instant Gratification.

Writing short: stories, creative non-fiction—essays, poems, and memoir is a proven tactic to improve your writing skills. Whether you plan to write the great American novel,  your memoir, or enter contests or write for anthologies and online publications, watch your writing skills improve.

Writing Short brings instant gratification.

Join us at the meeting to find out how.

Lillian Brown: Lillian, formerly a journalist, editor and journalism teacher, added fiction to her repertoire after she retired. A past board member for SLO NW, she also served as its newsletter editor. Her short stories and non-fiction articles have appeared in local newspapers, magazines and the NW anthology. Lillian is now writing and editing two historical novels.

Cheri Grimm has provided bookkeeping/business management services since1989 and has operated her own business since January 1, 1996. She currently works in her daughter's business, CG Bookkeeping. Although not a writer herself, Cheri has worked as Business Manager for her sister, Sam Horn, a well-known author/speaker/consultant for thirty years. She consequently developed a strong enjoyment of working with and supporting writers and speakers. She serves as Treasurer for NW, as well as a number of other supportive roles. After Covid, she was instrumental in the rejuvenation of the NW newsletter and serves on its Editorial Committee. 

Judythe Guarnera, former NW board member and Manager for the NW column in Tolosa Press, served as Editor of the NW anthology. In addition she is a member of the Editorial Staff of the NW newsletter, for which she writes a monthly "Craft of Writing" column. After years of writing and publishing short writing, Judythe has published a full-length novel, co-authored two books with her husband, and completed the first of three books in her Collection Series.

Jody Nelson, a retired teacher, writes poetry, personal essays, short stories, and is working on a novel, two children’s books and a family history written as a novel. Her first published book is a collection of her memories as a teacher. She enjoys beta reading and line editing. 


Charlie Perryess maintains a blog about words at His short stories and essays have appeared in numerous literary publications, including those with national followings. Charlie writes a monthly column for the NW newsletter. Though his novel-length manuscripts have won various awards, they have not yet been published. He is, however, hopeful. 

Denise Yaffe earned impressive credentials in science and engineering. Her technical writing has been consistently published in peer-reviewed and scholarly journals and her articles and technical papers have been presented at national conferences.
Currently, in addition to serving as editor of the NW newsletter, she is sharing her expertise by writing and illustrating environmental fiction and non-fiction for middle grade. Denise writes the Earth Kids series of books addressing pollution, global warming, climate change, and environmental justice. 

attend In person or 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 p.m. 

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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