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SLO NightWriters General Meeting

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

The Realities of the Writing Life

Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark Parsons

Critique Group Round Table, 5:15 pm

Presentation, 6:30 pm

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The Realities of the Writing Life

Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark Parsons will discuss various aspects of being an author (with regards to both writing and publishing) as well as what it means to “live the writing life.”This presentation is for writers who may think the journey ends at finishing a manuscript… or publishing it… or landing a literary agent… or getting a book deal with a Big-5 imprint… or a follow-up deal, with options for more… or winning awards… or having films made from your books…

All these things are nice, but they’re the sauce on the ribs. The real meat is simply being a writer… living the writing life. Which includes that big chunk of your work life which is spent in support of your career as an author—but not on actually writing—as well as making sure you do allot the butt-in-chair time to actually do your real work: putting words on the page.

Presentation followed by Q&A. Come with questions!



Mark Parsons has written primarily non-fiction for several years, penning over two hundred articles for national publications as well as a pair of non-fiction books before turning to book length fiction. His YA novel Road Rash (Random House) was named to the ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list, as well as Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Books of the Year list. His latest YA novel, The 9:09 Project, is coming from Delacorte/Random House in 2022.

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Wendelin Van Draanen is the bestselling author of more than thirty books, including the long-running Edgar-winning Sammy Keyes mystery series. Her novel

Flipped, named a Top 100 Children’s Novel for the 21st Century by SLJ, became a Warner Brothers feature film, and Shredderman became a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie. Her first non-fiction book, Hope in the Mail, Reflections on Writing and Life, was published by Random House in 2020. Her latest novel, Millions of Peaches, is coming from Knopf/Random House in 2022.

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Round Tables Critique Sessions begin at 5:15 pm

Terry Sanville  will be here to critique your work

To have your work critiqued, send your submission to Terry Sanville at by the Saturday before the meeting. Then log in to the meeting a few minutes before 5:15 pm.

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, to get valuable feedback from an established writer, and to 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.

Visitors are welcome; you do not have to provide a submission to participate. 

I hope to see you there.

Steven Mintz, PhD

Program Director SLO NightWriters.

Professor Emeritus

California Polytechnic State University

San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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