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Welcome to SLO NightWriters


General Meeting Program March 13, 2018. 

 6:30 pm.

Our Speakers this evening will be:

Susan Tuttle and Rebecca Waddell.

Their Topic will be:

Margins, Indents, and Queries  Have you ever been stuck with a submission for a contest or any other entry? Have you ever had a piece rejected because you didn't quite get the entry details right?

This evening will focus on all the things you need to know about submitting your  entries, and more.

Step One: Formatting Your Page (Susan Tuttle)

         One of the best ways to be seen as professional in the writing world is having manuscript pages that are properly formatted. If you’re looking to enter a contest, or submit your work to a journal, newspaper, editor, agent or publisher, you must make sure your manuscript meets today’s requirements. With so much competition out there, the more professional you can appear, the better your chances of rising to the top. Learn how to format your word processing documents before you begin to write, so that when it’s ready for submission you don’t have to re-do all the formatting. This part of the evening will show you how to set up a re-usable template so that your margins, returns, spacing and typeface are correct, in both Word and Pages.

Step Two: The All-Important Query Letter (Rebecca Waddell)

         The dreaded Query Letter is your first introduction to an agent, editor or other publishing industry professional for a novel, short story or an article. No matter how good your work is, if your query doesn’t capture the interest of the agent or editor, your book, story or article won’t see the light of print. The second half of the evening will show you how to write that all-important business letter: what must be in it, how to structure it, and equally important, what can sink you before you begin. Come learn how to make sure your query rises way above all the others out there.


         Susan Tuttle is the award-winning author of 18 books, has work in 5 anthologies, and is a professional freelance editor, presenter and writing instructor. She has judged numerous writing competitions, including the NW Golden Quill Competition. In both contests and her publishing/editing work, Susan mentors writers on how to properly format manuscripts for submission. When she’s not eating chocolate and drinking tea, she’s gleefully killing people (on paper) or playing with her invisible cat.

Susan Tuttle:

Professional editor and award-winning author:

    Nonfiction Books: Write It Right Workbooks, Vol. 1-6

    Suspense Books: Tangled WebsPiece By PieceSins of the Past

    Paranormal Suspense Books: Proof of Identity

    Historical Suspense Books: A Matter of Identity

    Poetry: Mirror Eyes

    Short Story Collections: Death in the Valley

Writing as Susan Grace O'Neill

    Bible Studies: The Journey Series

       Lord, Let Me Grow: Parables, Vol. 1

Check out my blog at:

Publisher's Page:

Rebecca Waddell:

Rebecca Waddell: Represented by Jessica Schmeidler of Golden Wheat Literary, Rebecca Waddell is a mom, poet, and blogger who writes young adult and middle grade novels and has work published with nine anthologies and literary magazines. She is also a literary intern to her agent at Golden Wheat Literary. When she isn’t writing, Rebecca eats chocolate and pets wolfacorns with her two children and husband. She can also be found posting way too many pictures of her dog on Instagram and tweeting coffee gifs at her agent.

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

Rosie MaKinney will moderate a second Round Table due to popular demand.
This Round Table Session will be held in the conference room to the left of the  meeting room. 
Please don't forget to sign in first. 5:15 pm

"The flavor of my group will be a safe and supportive facilitator led critique group comprised of peers with relatively equal footing and comparable expertise, where participants can practice their constructive critique skills as well as get feedback on their own writing. Submissions will be 2 x pages, double spaced, font size 12 and will be read by another person in order to see how the writing holds up on its own." Guidlines will be explained at the start of the group.


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.

I hope to see you there.

Janice Konstantinidis.

President SLO NightWriters.

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