Monthly Archives: August 2013

Congrats to Ximena and Judythe

Two members of SLO NightWriters, the Premier Writing Organization on the Central Coast since 1988 were selected from thousands of entries to fill limited slots in current editions of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” editions.

Judythe Guarnera’s “Knowing They are Loved,” was featured in the “Reader’s Choice, 20th Anniversary Edition, a Collection of “Stories that Changed your Lives.” The edition was released on June 25th and is available through Amazon and other sources.

Ximena Ames story, “Peaches in Winter,” got a nod for publication in “Chicken Soup for the Soul, It’s Christmas.”  Ximena was competing with thousands of entries. The book will be released in October of this year.


Poetry at the Steynberg

WHAT:  Poetry At The Steynberg-a monthly poetry reading series of featured and open readings held on the firstSunday of each month.

WHEN:  September 1, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.

WHO: Featured readers are Gloria Velasquez and Herman Segovia

WHERE: Steynberg Gallery, 1531 Monterey St, SLO

Open Reading to follow

A Free Event

Got plans for November?

Got plans for November?

How about writing a novel! We think it’s crazy…and we love it!

Every year NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenges writers to commit to making the month of November a month of writing;

National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing on November 1. The goal is to write a 50,000-word (approximately 175-page) novel by 11:59:59 PM on November 30.

Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved.

As you spend November writing, you can draw comfort from the fact that, all around the world, other National Novel Writing Month participants are going through the same joys and sorrows of producing the Great Frantic Novel. Wrimos meet throughout the month to offer encouragement, commiseration, and—when the thing is done—the kind of raucous celebrations that tend to frighten animals and small children.

In 2011, we had 256,618 participants and 36,843 of them crossed the 50K finish line by the midnight deadline, entering into the annals of NaNoWriMo superstardom forever. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

We encourage you to step out and commit – and when you do we want to hear about your experience. If you are thinking 50,000 words may seem a bit overwhelming, not to worry, NightWriters has you covered. We’ll be asking our members to commit to a few writing challenges a bit less daunting. Whether you decide to be a NaNoWriMo-er or a NightWriter  mark your calendars – we’re going to be writing the month of November.

The Dearly Departed/ Paramount Studio Tours

Everyone loves a mystery, and if it involves the death (or murder) of a Hollywood celebrity with a hint (or more) of scandal, it’s absolutely irresistible. Now here’s a chance to see where it all actually happened, and hear the fascinating insider stories from a well-informed guide! Whether you’re a mystery writer, reader, or just fascinated with Hollywood history and lore, this highly rated tour is perfect for you. And as a bonus, this excursion also includes Paramount Studios, where you will visit the streets, alleys, and sound stages where dreams came true. Many famous stars like Bob Hope, Alan Ladd, and Veronica Lake made pictures here, and now you have a chance to walk in their footsteps.

Date: Oct. 26, 2013

Depart Time: SLO Vets. Hall: 7AM, Arroyo Grande K-Mart: 7:20 AM, IHOP Santa Maria: 7:50 AM

Return Time: IHOP Santa Maria: 10:15 PM, Arroyo Grande K-Mart: 10:45PM, SLO Vets. Hall: 11:05 PM.

Price: $149 per person

Two stops for no host meals

Contact for purchase: Dave Maislen @ Silverado Tours for info & reservations.

We need a head count of those attending, so please e-mail: when you have made your reservations.

Deadline for tour reservations: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013

Critique Extravaganza!

SLONightWriters is hosting its Third Annual Critique Extravaganza! Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Members and guests are encouraged to bring 250-500 words to read for critique. We’ll hear and critique as many pieces as time allows. We’ll cover the basics of an effective critique process, how to give them, how to receive them, and discuss the variations that have evolved in our existing groups. This is an interactive, hands-on meeting. Our experienced panel will give feedback to the reader and we’ll take comments from the general NW membership as well. And, don’t forget to also bring paper and pen for taking critique notes. One of the greatest values of participating in a critique process is that we get to hear a variety of perspectives and learn by what other writers do right and not so right. It’s a fabulous way to improve our skills.

Don’t be shy! Bring your work on Tuesday Aug 13th. It will be encouraging, informative, and fun! SLO NightWriters Critique Groups are a special part of the NightWriters’ experience. They are a members-only benefit and offer a way to exchange writing for feedback with others in a supportive environment.

For group guidelines and further information regarding our critique groups, visit our web site at, or contact our Critique Group Coordinator, Sharyl Heber (

Where: PG&E Energy Education Center, 6588 Ontario Road, Auditorium, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405