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Welcome to SLO NightWriters


Our Speaker this evening will be:

Eldonna Edwards – February 11, 2020

The Hook: Make a Promise to Your Readers (And Keep It!)

No matter how beautiful your cover or how wonderful your story, you only have about twenty seconds between the time a reader picks up your book and decides whether to purchase. Eldonna will discuss how to hone your opening and deliver on the promise you made on that critical first page.

Eldonna's Bio

Eldonna Edwards is a beloved writing instructor, keynote speaker and former creative journaling facilitator, who grew up in a large family nestled between cornfields and churches in the provincial Midwest, an upbringing that provided a fertile background to conjure setting and characters in her award-winning debut novel This I Know. In her second novel Clover Blue, Eldonna once again explores themes of otherness and belonging, and the true definition of home. She is also the subject of the award-winning documentary "Perfect Strangers" that follows one kidney patient and one potential kidney donor in their search for a possible match. Her memoir Lost in Transplantation chronicles this life-changing decision. 

Eldonna is drawn to stories about community--the places we live, the families we're born into, and the tribes we gravitate toward. She prefers hometown settings peopled with recognizable characters from the grocery store, a neighborhood cafe or noisy schoolyard. Her books explore the bigger questions of one's meaning and purpose, and the overlapping consequences of our choices, good and bad. Eldonna integrates humor into her stories to balance the complex and sometimes darker aspects of challenging situations. 

Website –

I hope to see you there.

Steven Mintz, PhD.

Program Director SLO NightWriters.

Professor Emeritus.

California Polytechnic State University.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407.

Round tables begin at 5.15pm

Terry Sanville and Susan Tuttle will moderate this table.

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. 

Please note that there will be a charge of $5:00 for all non members who attend a critic group or round table. Payment will be accepted at the entrance to the meeting.

Please don't forget to sign in first. 5:15 pm 


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