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General Meeting,  Tuesday January 9th 2017

Round Tables Critique Sessions began at 5:15 pm - See details at the bottom of this page.

The topic to this evening's meeting will be:

Tell me a story!

Hosted by Jean Moelter.

Storytelling is a skill all writers should have. Not just to write good books, but to market our books and ourselves during interviews and speaking engagements. At this meeting, we’ll tell true stories. It’s a fun way to practice—and get to know each other better.


A main character we care about. (You, in this case.)

A high-stakes situation. (You want or need something important to you.)

A resolution. (You either succeed at getting it or you don’t.)


Email me to sign up (or ask questions) at

Think of a short, true story in which you’re the main character.

Write it out. No longer than 600-700 words.

Practice telling your story, and time yourself. No longer than 7 minutes.

At the meeting, I’ll invite each storyteller who signed up in advance to come to the microphone and tell their story. This is not a competition, nor will there be any criticism offered. Only support and applause. (If time allows, a few people will have a chance to tell a story spontaneously.)


No notes allowed (to better connect with your listeners).

Don’t memorize your story word for word. (This is more like a dinner party than a play.)

Respect the time limit (7 minutes).

Your story can be serious or humorous, or both.

Adult content allowed.

No political rants or religious sermons.

Have fun!

Jean Moelter is a writer and performer living in San Luis Obispo. In 2015, she had a one-woman show at SLO Little Theatre called Holy Crap! which consisted of true stories about her Catholic upbringing. She was playwright-in-residence at North End Children’s Theatre in Washington State and has written articles for many publications. For several years she’s been a regular on local stages, performing stories, stand-up comedy, and dumb songs. She’s the host of Artsy People on KYXZ Excellent Radio, 107.9 FM on your dial.

Terry Sanville and Mark Arnold 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

Susan Tuttle's  Instructional Round Table.

The December Instruction Table will focus on Tension/Conflict, the essential element in every story that makes readers continue to turn pages. 
We'll discuss Character Intention; the 5 types of tension; the Crucible and it's importance to the story; Crucible Situations; Inner Dilemmas; Opening Scene Tension; 8 Ways to Hook Readers; and the difference between true tension/conflict and simple bad luck or adversity. 
Come learn how to make sure every story you write is one that compels readers to read to the very end.

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.

Janice Konstantinidis

Programs Director SLONW

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