The Premier Writing Organization On
California's Central Coast
Welcome to SLO NightWriters


April 2021 13th  General Meeting

Round tables critique group begins at 5:15 p.m.

General Meeting Webinar: 6:30

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Meeting ID: 875 6163 2871

Passcode: 441451

Our Speaker this Evening will be: 

Sue McGinty

Creating Catchy Characters

Which comes first, the character or the story?

Introducing your main character: appearance, voice, strengths, weaknesses 

Understanding how the story’s arc relates to the goals of your characters 

Secondary characters: how many and when should they be introduced?

Secondary characters that help the main character achieve his or her goals

Secondary characters that hinder the main character. 


Sue McGinty, author of The Sojourner Chronicles, a coming-of-age novel now available on Amazon.  


Sue McGinty escaped Los Angeles June 17, 1994, the same day OJ Simpson took his infamous ride. Unlike OJ, Sue had a destination in mind: the Central Coast hamlet of Los Osos. Her goal: writing fiction, a whole different mindset than writing technical courses for McGraw-Hill.


She made the most of her newly-found time, publishing five Central Coast mysteries: “Murder in Los Lobos,” “Murder at Cuyamaca Beach,” “Murder in Mariposa Bay,” “Murder in a Safe Haven”, and “Murder at Smuggler’s Cove.” Her current release, an historical fiction coming-of-age story, “The Sojourner Chronicles” takes place in Detroit during WWII. 


Contact Sue at or on Facebook: Sue McGinty

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.

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