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Welcome to SLO NightWriters


Our Webinar Speaker this evening will be Mara Purl

October 13, 2020

Using Multiple Media Formats to Tell a Story: A Journey in Milford-Haven, USA

About Milford-Haven, USA

Mara Purl pioneered small-town fiction for women with her popular and critically acclaimed saga, Milford-Haven. Her best-selling Milford-Haven Novels, Novellas & Novelettes, are set on the Central Coast and brought international attention to the region when her original radio drama became a hit on BBC radio with 4.5 million U.K. listeners.  Her books published in the Milford-Haven Saga include: When the Heart Listens, What the Heart KnowsWhere the Heart Lives, When Hummers Dream, When Whales Watch, and When Otters Play. One-hundred of the Milford-Haven episodes were also performed for radio drama. Having been part of the all-star cast of Milford-Haven USA, she is now a noted audio book performer.


Mara’s Bio

Mara Purl is an author, speaker and performer. Mara speaks and teaches locally and nationally. She’s an accomplished audio book performer for Audible, played “Darla Cook” on NBC’s TV soap opera Days Of Our Lives, and has won critical acclaim for her theatrical performances in Becoming Julia Morgan, Sea Marks, and Mary Shelley. 

As a journalist, Mara’s writing credits include two cover stories for Rolling Stone, staff writing with the Financial Times (of London), and an Associated Press assignment to cover the Apollo Soyuz mission, where she was the youngest reporter ever to win the NASA pool position in Mission Control. 

A dynamic voice in Women's Fiction with over 35 book awards, Mara was named Top Female Author of Fiction by the Authors Show, the largest national podcast about authors. Her awards including: ForeWord Book of the Year, USA Book News, Pinnacle, USA REBA, Benjamin Franklin, American Fiction, Global E-Book, and National Indie Excellence. A full list can be found here:

Steven Mintz, PhD

Program Director SLO NightWriters.

Professor Emeritus

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Round Tables Webinar 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.

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