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    • 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


    Speakers

    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:

    Terry: tsanville@sbcglobal.net

    Mark: markarnoldphd@gmail.com

    • Saturday, March 16, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Chandler Hall, UCC San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    Register


    SLO NIGHTWRITERS HALF-DAY WRITING WORKSHOP

    SLO NightWriters is excited to present its first half-day writing workshop of the year on Saturday morning, March 16th, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Planned Schedule:

    8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Registration, networking, and continental breakfast

    8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.: "Words and Music: Using Poetry & Music in Fiction" (Leanne Phillips)

    Leanne Phillips is an award-winning writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in journals including The Rumpus, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Coachella Review, and the New American Studies Journal. She is the fiction editor for Kelp Journal. She is currently querying her first book, a novel told through linked short stories.

    9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: “Beginning a Memoir: From Journaling to Organization to Memoir” (Brenna Humphreys)

    Brenna Humphreys is the founder of Walkthrough Productions, a boutique visual capture and documentation agency. Brenna spent ten years as a Senior Writer in the Creative Department at RPA where she won multiple advertising and branded content/entertainment awards. Her fiction has been published in Southwest Missouri State University Press - Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.

    10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: "Building an Author Platform: Your Brand, Your Website, and Social Media” (Trey Burnette)

    Trey Burnette is a writer and photographer. His work has been published in journals, magazines, and newspapers including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NBC News/NBC THINK, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Cheat River Review. He is a regular contributor to DAP Health. His photography has been published by The Sun and Kelp Journal.

    11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Panel Q&A on Building an Author Platform

    The in-person half-day workshop will take place at Chandler Hall, UCC San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. Zoom attendance will be available—all registrants will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the workshop.

    Registration Details:

    Cost:

    $25 for SLO NightWriters members. 

    $50 for non-members.*** 

    ***NON-MEMBERS: Join SLO NightWriters now and pay the member rate for the workshop!

    Cost for the workshop includes continental breakfast!

    Online registration is open through March 14th. Checks must be postmarked on or before March 9th.

    Attendees may register in person the day of the event. Day-of registration will be $30 for SLO NightWriters members, $55 for non-members. Please be prepared to pay by check or with exact change.

    *Non-members: When you register for this event, you will be added to the SLO NightWriters mailing list. We respect your privacy. You may unsubscribe at any time.

    • 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

    A CONVERSATION WITH DEANNE STILLMAN

    5:15 pm (PT) Critique Group Round Table

    6:30 pm (PT) General Meeting Presentation

    Join SLO NightWriters for a conversation with 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."

    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:

    Terry: tsanville@sbcglobal.net

    Mark: markarnoldphd@gmail.com


    • Tuesday, June 11, 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


    Speaker - Patricia Alexander


    • "The Power of the Rewrite: Let's Share Tips!"

      How do you know what needs rewriting?

      Come join Patricia Alexander as she leads us with an editor’s eye in an open forum on all the ways you can improve your first draft. Why an open forum? Because Patricia loves the collaborative element of people sharing their wisdom and experience.

      She’ll lead you with categories and examples that will stimulate the conversation and help you make your next rewrite more powerful as you consider important elements, such as:

      • Structure
      • Emotional Honesty
      • Pacing
      • Rhythm
      • Redundancy: Words & Information
      • Word Choice
      • Cutting For Clarity & Elegance
      • Mixed Metaphors
      • Logic Flow
      • Continuity
      • Dialogue: Structure & Authenticity
      • Over-Complicated Sentences
      • Tenses

    Patricia Alexander Biography - Award-winning author, columnist, journalist, editor, teacher, inspirational speaker, humorist and freelance writer Patricia Alexander calls her 48-year career “highly eclectic” and fulfilling.

    Now living in Paso Robles, Patricia was born and raised in Los Angeles. That’s where she had the classic Cinderella beginning when she stumbled into her first writing job in 1976 working for Rona Barrett when Rona was the Entertainment Reporter on Good Morning, America.

    Patricia went on from there to work in animation, advertising, public relations and marketing, while freelancing dozens of articles to magazines and newspapers, including an editorial in the first edition of the Los Angeles Weekly. Eventually she became a stringer and a personal perspective columnist for a small newspaper, and later, for the Ventura County Reporter. A cover story she wrote for the Reporter in early 2000 was picked up by the TV news show 48 Hours, which bought her notes and gave her on-screen credit.

    Patricia says she “finally” even wrote a book: The Book of Comforts: Simple, Powerful Ways to Comfort the Spirit, Body & Soul, with her late husband, Michael Burgos. The hard-cover, four-color inspirational book went on to win the Benjamin Franklin Silver Finalist Award for Best Spiritual Book. Patricia is also a trained speaker and workshop leader, with a background in acting and improv.

    Along the way, she has started up Writing Support Groups wherever she lives, fulfilling her passion to help other writers work on and complete their projects, guiding them through writing, rewriting, publishing and marketing.

    Semi-retired, she currently leads her Writing Supporting Group on Zoom and often edits the books that come out of it.

    She says her significant other, Robert, would dispute the semi-retired part – but, hey! Does a writer ever really retire? Nah!

     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:

    Terry: tsanville@sbcglobal.net

    Mark: markarnoldphd@gmail.com

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


    Summer Social!

    6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m

    Free to SLO NightWriters members.

    Chandler Hall, UCC San Luis Obispo

    11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


     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:

    Terry: tsanville@sbcglobal.net

    Mark: markarnoldphd@gmail.com

    • Tuesday, August 13, 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


    Speaker - M.J. Sewall


    Organize to Inspire – Steps To Get Yourself Writing

    M.J. Sewall (pronounced SOO-ALL, really fast) is an author, playwright, and restaurant owner. Mike is the author of six novels, a short story collection, and a book on local history. He is currently working on his seventh novel.

    Owner of Sewall Publishing, he began his writing career as a self-published author and has been with a small press publisher for nearly eight years. His book Wild Monsters Dance About: Stories From An Unruly Mind won a SOVAS (voice arts) award for best short story collection.

    Mike proudly served as the Vice President of the Coastal Dunes chapter of the California Writer’s Club for many years and is a firm supporter of the arts, serving on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Lompoc Civic Theatre and the Lompoc Theatre Project which is renovating a 1927 theatre into a performing arts and education center.

    He is the proud father of four children and three grandchildren.

     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:

    Terry: tsanville@sbcglobal.net

    Mark: markarnoldphd@gmail.com

    • Tuesday, September 10, 2024
    • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 11245 Los Osos Valley Road San Luis Obispo, CA 93402

    slo nightwriters Golden Quill Writing contest winners celebration!

    5:15 pm (PT) Critique Group Round Table

    6:30 pm (PT) General Meeting Presentation

    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.


    • Saturday, November 09, 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

    NaNoWriMo Write-In hosted by SLO NightWriters

    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Free to SLO NightWriters members and National Novel Writing Month participants.

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

Past events

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 General Meeting & Round Table Critique: Joan Gelfand - "You Can Be a Winning Writer"
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Saturday, June 30, 2012 Write It Right - Writers Clinic
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Monday, April 23, 2012 SLO NightWriters' Panel Addresses SLOTBC
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 SLO NightWriters Holiday Party!
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Sunday, September 18, 2011 Central Coast Book & Author Festival 2011!
Friday, September 16, 2011 27th Central Coast Writers' Conference
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 What If Writing Group
Monday, June 27, 2011 Hi Hopes Critique Group
Saturday, June 25, 2011 Chimera
Friday, June 24, 2011 Long Story Short Writing Group
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 LO Prose Critique Group
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Poetry Group
Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Poets On The Edge Critique Group
Monday, June 20, 2011 Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Group
Saturday, June 18, 2011 South County Critique Group
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 What If Writing Group
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Monday, June 13, 2011 Hi Hopes Critique Group
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 Poetry Group
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 Poets On The Edge Critique Group
Monday, June 06, 2011 Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Group
Saturday, June 04, 2011 South County Critique Group
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 LO Prose Critique Group
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 What If Writing Group
Saturday, May 28, 2011 Chimera
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Poetry Group
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Poets On The Edge Critique Group
Monday, May 23, 2011 Hi Hopes Critique Group
Sunday, May 22, 2011 SLO Down Poetry Party!
Saturday, May 21, 2011 South County Critique Group
Thursday, May 19, 2011 SLO NightWriters Group Book Signing!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 LO Prose Critique Group
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 What If Writing Group
Monday, May 16, 2011 Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Group
Saturday, May 14, 2011 Ginger Lasher Book Signing!
Saturday, May 14, 2011 Ginger Lasher Book Signing!
Saturday, May 14, 2011 Ginger Lasher Book Signing!
Friday, May 13, 2011 Ginger Lasher Book Signing!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Saturday, April 30, 2011 Chimera
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Monday, April 25, 2011 Hi Hopes Critique Group
Friday, April 22, 2011 Friday Night Writers Group
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 LO Prose Critique Group
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 What If Writing Group
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Poetry Group
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Poets On The Edge Critique Group
Monday, April 18, 2011 Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Group
Saturday, April 16, 2011 South County Critique Group
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting
Monday, April 11, 2011 Hi Hopes Critique Group
Friday, April 08, 2011 Friday Night Writers Group
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 LO Prose Critique Group
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 What If Writing Group
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 Poetry Group
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 Poets On The Edge Critique Group
Monday, April 04, 2011 Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Group
Saturday, April 02, 2011 South County Critique Group
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 What If Writing Group
Sunday, March 27, 2011 Evy Cole, SLO NightWriter, Book Signing!
Saturday, March 26, 2011 Chimera
Saturday, March 26, 2011 South County Critique Group
Friday, March 25, 2011 Friday Night Writers Group
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Monday, March 21, 2011 Hi Hopes Critique Group
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 LO Prose Critique Group
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 What If Writing Group
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Poets On The Edge Critique Group
Monday, March 14, 2011 Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Group
Saturday, March 12, 2011 South County Critique Group
Friday, March 11, 2011 Friday Night Writers Group
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 What If Writing Group
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 Novel Idea Critique Group
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 SLO NightWriters General Meeting

For questions: email slonwpresident@gmail.com

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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