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California's Central Coast
Welcome to SLO NightWriters


Our Speaker tonight will be:

Liu Yu and Dawn Cerf – January 14, 2020

Awakening the Sleeping Tiger:

The True Story of a Professional Chinese Athlete

Awakening the Sleeping Tiger is a story of hard work, dedication to a belief and the search for greater meaning in life. You won’t want to miss the discussion by Chinese athlete Liu Yu and Dawn Cerf, her coauthor. 

In the backdrop of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Liu Yu’s journey from shy student to acclaimed martial arts teacher and coach is an inspiring story of what it means to follow your dream. Her story is chronicled in “Awakening the Sleeping Tiger: The True Story of a Chinese Professional Athlete.” Liu Yu’s biography was co-authored with Dawn Cerf, a longtime friend and student at the Wushu Taichi Center founded by Liu and her husband in San Luis Obispo in 1992.

Liu Yu was just 11 years old when she left her family in eastern China to begin her journey. Over the next decade, she trained alongside professional athletes like future movie star Jet Li, enduring physical and emotional hardship to become a celebrated martial arts champion. Liu participated in tournaments and exhibition tours across Asia. She even appeared in a few movies. She became China’s collegiate taichi champion at the end of her second school year at Beijing University. Since making her home in the U.S. in 1990, Liu Yu served as the Head Coach of the U.S. Wushu Team from 1997-99 and continues as a judge at worldwide wushu tournaments.

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 begin 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

This is an opportunity to get feedback on your work in progress and practice your constructive critiquing skills. It is also a great way to get to know other writers in our group. You do not have to bring along work to participate. Please keep submissions to double-spaced, 12 font, two pages.

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


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.

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