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General Meeting Program Tuesday July 14 , 2018




Our Speaker this evening will be: John Hampsey, Ph.D.

July 14, 2020


The Process of Writing a Memoir

Dr. Hampsey will discuss his memoir, Kaufman’s Hill. Amazon describes it as a profound and intensely moving boyhood memoir. Kaufman’s Hill opens with a prosaic neighborhood scene: The author and some other young boys are playing by the creek, on of their usual stomping grounds. But it soon becomes clear that much more is going on; the boy-narrator is struggling to find his way in a middle-class Catholic Neighborhood dominated by the Creely bullies, who often terrify him. It’s the Pittsburgh of the early and mid-1960s, a threshold time just before the counter-culture arrives and a time when suburban society begins to encroach on Kaufman’s Hill, the boy’s sanctuary and the setting of many of his adventures. 

John will also briefly discuss his new book, Soda Lake, which is a novel and mix of existential mystery, autobiography, and fantasy). 

Book Reviews

The best book written on American boyhood in decades. --Howard Zinn, Author, A People's History of the United States

Kaufman's Hill is among the most touching, sensitive, and spellbinding memoirs I've encountered in many years. Beautifully and exactly written, this book will surely reach into the hearts of its readers. I was deeply moved. --Tim O'Brien, Author of The Things They Carried.

John’s Bio

John Hampsey, Ph.D., is a Professor of English Literature at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has published many articles in literary journals and two books – Kaufman’s Hill and Paranoia and Contentment. John has received the University Distinguished Teaching Award from Cal Poly, the CLA Student Council Teacher of the Year Award, and the President’s Service Award. He is also the English major advisor.

    



I hope to see you there.

Steven Mintz, PhD

Programs Director SLO NightWriters

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

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 


BRING A GUEST, ATTENDANCE AT GENERAL MEETINGS IS FREE OF CHARGE



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BRING A GUEST, ATTENDANCE AT GENERAL MEETINGS IS FREE OF CHARGE



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 Critique Sessions began at 5:15 pm



Terry Sanville and Susan Tuttle 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

Please bring 3 copies of your work, one to read from and one each for Susan and Terry.


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




Where to come:










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