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General Meeting Program May 8, 2018

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.

Our Speaker this evening will be Anne Biggs

Anne Biggs is the the author of The Swan Garden (2016) and The Garden of Nails (2018).

Though I as born in Castlepollard I have lived my whole life in the San Joaquin Valley. I taught for both English Literature and Special Education for 25 years. When I wasn’t raising my family, teaching, or gong to school, I wrote stories, poems, and essays.


In 1985 I began the search for my birthmother which though it took 25 years, we were able to meet. Though we could not have an ongoing relationship, I knew after meeting her I needed to tell our story. So I wrote profusely, first in journal, then taking the journals and turning them into chapters. First it was a memoir, then it became a fictional book of letters. I wrote and wrote, but I wrote alone and had little or no assistance from the outside world. I had over 500 pages, but no organization or structure, but I began to send out queries in hopes that someone would be interested in my story.

The Swan Garden was a fictionalized account of my mother’s story in Castlepollard and the Magdalene Laundries, and how she went on about her life holding the secret of her daughter.

The Garden of Nails is a fictionalized account of how Alice’s family (the main character from The Swan Garden) reacts to her secret as she unveils the secrets of her past.

No one was. They read it, they passed it on, they offered suggestions, so I edited, but still kept it to myself. In 2011 I retired from my teaching position and with the support of my family I jumped into writing full time. I joined a local writing group and for the first time I shared my work.

My group was amazing, and our mentor worked with me. I began to go to conferences; and in fact in 2012, I came to the CCWC and loved it. 

In 2016 after over 150 rejections and a million re-writes, I found a small press publisher. HBEPublishing (Dan Dunklee). For 18 months we edited the manuscript and in February 2016, The Swan Garden was published.

The sequel to The Swan Garden came about much faster, which much less editing. It will be released February 2018. The final book to the trilogy will be released Fall 2019, all through HBEPublishing.

I will be talking to you about the writing process, my experience in publishing, and the promotion of my novels. 

Anne Biggs 

I hope to see you all there.

Janice Konstantinidis
President SLO Nightwriters

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