Monthly Archives: September 2013


Time to celebrate with SLO NightWriters.

New member and Third Place Winner in the 2013 NW Short Story Contest, Donna Reese, hit a triple header. Her story, Lull was featured in all three Tolosa publications on page 11.

Go to and click on any of the three publications. Scroll down to page 11 and enjoy. If you prefer the hard copy, you can pick one up  at your local kiosk or store.

Watch for a Call for Submissions for Holiday stories. Follow the guidelines at Be careful to observe the deadlines. Send to


SLO NightWriters October Meeting

David Congalton, recipient of this year’s Local Success Story Award from the Central Coast Writers Conference, takes us behind the scenes of his first produced Hollywood screenplay, “Authors Anonymous.” 

The feature film comedy, about unpublished novelists who meet weekly in a dysfunctional read-and-critique group, stars Chris Klein, Kaley Cuoco, Teri Polo, and the late Dennis Farina.
Dave plans on sharing the highs and lows from his eight-year creative odyssey from first draft to finished film. “Authors Anonymous” (formerly “Scribble”) is scheduled to be released nationwide in March 2014.
Sounds like a great night.



Tuesday, October 8th  2013

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PG&E Education Center, San Luis Obispo, CA



NaNoWriMo is an annual (November) novel writing project that brings together professional and amateur writers from all over the world. This organization started in 1999 with 21 writers participating in their first event. It now spans across the globe. For those who are preparing to write this November, we highly recommend reading NaNoWriMo’s history and purpose.

SLO NightWriters is encouraging all writers to join us in November as we celebrate writers. If you have a novel floating around in your brain, this is the time to get it out! If you’ve been threatening to write your life’s story, there’s no better time to begin! Children’s writers, song writers, poets, journalers and bloggers – November is about writing, not about rules.

Congrats to Janice Konstantinidis!

Congrats to Janice Komstantinidis on winning the Lillian Dean Award at the 2013 Central Coast Writers Conference!


Writers Conference 2013



Central Coast Writers Conference this weekend!

Sept. 20 – 21

29th Central Coast Writers Conference Returns to Cuesta College

SAN LUIS OBISPO – Award-winning author and UCLA writing teacher Rebecca Rasmussen will be the keynote speaker at the 29th Central Coast Writers Conference, Sept. 20 and 21 at Cuesta College. Rasmussen, author of “The Bird Sisters,” will look at what drives creativity during her talk titled “Why We Write.” The two-day conference will feature more than 35 interactive workshops led by 12 authors, 2 poets, 9 editors and 4 literary agents, including:

  • Joel Friedlander, author and book designer, digitally demonstrating great and not-so-great book cover designs.
  • Dave Congalton, screenwriter and talk-show host, whose first film, “Authors Anonymous,” is due out this fall will be honored a CCWC Success Story of 2013.
  • Constance Hale, grammarian and author of “Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose.”
  • Katya Cengel, freelance journalist and author, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast Traveler.

A new feature this year will allow writers to sign up for a 15-minute, one-on-one meeting with one of several professional editors who will critique query letters and first pages of manuscripts.

Teachers and Middle Grade and High School students can apply for the scholarships available for the Chevron Teachers In-Service and PG&E Teen Writing Program.

The conference is supported by grants received from the City of San Luis Obispo, Chevron, PG&E, SLO NightWriters, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant received from The James Irvine Foundation.

Registration is $85 for Friday or $165 for Friday and Saturday. For further information, go to or call Judy Salamacha at (805) 801-1422.


Coming this October

SLO NightWriters Unplugged

What happens when a group of creative people get together to talk about their projects?

Beginning in October NightWriters is providing you with such an opportunity and we invite you to come and see for yourself. Saturday, October 19 from 8:30am to 11:00am NightWriters introduces NightWriters Unplugged. We are leaving the comfort of our four walls, writing desks and chairs to experience a level of creativity that only nature offers.

When: the third Saturday of each month beginning in October; come when you can, leave when you must.

Where: The Moose Deli & Brew, 950 Price Street, Pismo Beach – in the patio.

What: SLO NightWriters Unplugged

How: as simply as possible; pen, paper, coffee and donuts.

Why: when a group of creative people come together to talk about their work, amazing things happen!

NightWriter Members have the opportunity to sell their books at the Central Coast Writer’s Conference.

If you are interested, call or email Beryl Reichenberg at 805-541-0434 or to sign up and for more information. She will need to know the titles of your books and sale prices in advance.

Anyone wishing to sell their books must be attending or participating in the conference and be paid-up members of NightWriters.

You must volunteer to sit at the sale table.

Because of limited space, we ask you to limit your books for sale to five titles and bring only five copies of each book. Extra copies will be kept under the table.

Beryl will be setting up the display table and collecting books starting at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 20. Please try to drop off your books at that time. If you are not attending Friday’s sessions, bring in your books on Saturday at 8 am.

Please pick up your books at the end of the conference, Saturday at 5 pm. This is very important. Any books left will be donated.

Thank you for participating

Celebrating Writers

Celebrating Writers

SLO NightWriters is Celebrating Writers in November

If you have ever said, “Someday I’m going to write a book!”  November 2013 is your time. An organization called National Novel Writing Month sets forth a challenge every November to writers to commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days. 30 days when rules don’t apply and we allow ourselves the simple privilege of writing every day for the fun of writing.

NightWriters is joining in and calling all writers to join us in the challenge. Whether your passion is fiction, non-fiction, poetry, song lyrics, blogs, screen plays, or journaling – NightWriters challenges you to commit to writing every day during the month of November.  There are no rules – ignore spell check and proper punctuation; November is about writing!

Don’t know what to write about? That’s not a problem! We’re going to help you along the way.

Will you have a book by the end of the month? We doubt it, BUT we do know what you will have at the end of 30 days. You will have a flood of ideas for story line, character development and perhaps an outline. You will have thrown out all the reasons and excuses for not taking time to write because you WILL have fallen in love with the process of writing.

If you want to be a part of the NaNoWriMo please sign up on their site:

Not quite ready for the big one? Join NightWriters and design your own challenge. Signing up is easy.  All you need to do is follow our blog (top right hand section of the screen) or like us on Facebook. That’s it. You will begin to see up-dates and the official countdown to . . .  November!