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Tuesday, June 14, 2022 General Meeting:

6:30 pm

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Terry Sanville Talks About Short Fiction

June 14, 2022 

At the June 14th meeting of the San Luis Obispo NightWriters, our very own Terry Sanville will speak about short fiction – where to find ideas and how to get them published. Terry hopes this session will be interactive, a conversation with attending and remote members and guests. There will be no PowerPoint presentations or fancy graphics. However, Terry will make available the information covered in his discussion.

Terry originally came to the Central Coast in 1965 as a Cal Poly freshman, studying architecture. After a stint in the Army, including a government-paid trip to Vietnam, Terry returned to Cal Poly to graduate in 1973 with a degree in City and Regional Planning. Terry has lived full-time in San Luis Obispo since 1974.

Terry worked for the City of San Luis Obispo for twenty-nine years as a City Planner and as its first Transportation Planner. During those years, he cranked out five- to ten-thousand words a day – technical reports and plans headed to City Councils, Planning Commissions and other government bodies and agencies. “The writing was challenging,” Terry says. “But it lacked characters and dialog, emotion, and often a good story line. Conflict and tension were downplayed.”

Shortly before retiring from his day job in 2003, Terry began writing fiction – short stories and novels. “Shedding my ‘government speak’ voice and amplifying emotion were some of my biggest challenges.” To date he has penned over 300 stories. His work has been accepted over 500 times and published in more than 350 different magazines, journals and anthologies, 240 of which are print publications. All of his stories have found a home, somewhere. Has writing short fiction made Terry rich? “Hardly!” he says. “But short stories are a wonderful way of having your work read in many places.”

Terry lives with his wife and in-house editor, Marguerite Costigan (SLO County Poet Laureate 2015-16), and two plump cats, his in-house critics.

His recently released collection of short stories “The Last Time You Were Here and Other Stories,” ( will be available for sale at the June meeting. Another story collection titled “Driving Without Lights” may also be available.

Terry is also an accomplished jazz and blues guitarist – who once played with a symphony orchestra backing up jazz legend George Shearing.

Have questions? You may contact Terry at

We meet at the United Church of Christ, at 11245 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405.

 Round Tables Critique Sessions begin at 5:15 pm

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

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 email your submissions to Terry and Mark ahead of time:



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