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Welcome to SLO NightWriters


SLO NightWriters General Meeting

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

5:15 pm (PT) Critique Group Round Table

6:30 pm (PT) General Meeting Presentation

Victoria Kastner

Victoria Kastner spent three decades as the official historian at Hearst Castle. Her fascination with its enigmatic architect, Julia Morgan, began back in the 1970s, when she took a tour of Castle and was told, “A woman built this, but we don’t know anything about her.” Victoria is the author of the definitive trilogy on San Simeon’s history, published by Abrams Books: Hearst Castle: The Biography of a Country House, with a foreword by George Plimpton; Hearst’s San Simeon: The Gardens and the Land; and Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy. Victoria’s latest volume, Julia Morgan: An Intimate Biography of the Trailblazing Architect, draws on interviews, letters, and newly discovered diaries to reveal Julia Morgan’s inspiring private life, which was as remarkable as the career she forged as the world’s most prominent female architect.

Victoria is a sought-after lecturer who has spoken at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, as well as making many appearances on television and film. Victoria has a master’s degree in Public History with a specialty in architectural history from UC Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in museum management from George Washington University. She has also published works on the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bernard Maybeck’s Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, and the novels of Charles Dickens.

Victoria Kastner's Website:

Attend the meeting in person or on Zoom!

In Person at:

United Church of Christ

11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

(NOTE: We are now meeting in the renovated Chandler Hall at UCC;

join us if you can!)

Zoom meeting link:

Meeting ID: 848 7459 8868

Passcode: 613345

I hope to see you there.

Janice Konstantinidis

President SLO NightWriters.


Round Tables Critique Sessions begin at 5:15 pm

Terry Sanville and  Mark Arnold will 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.

All pages submitted should be Word files (.doc or .docx).  Word files are easier to review and critique and are the industry standard for submissions.

Please email your submissions to Terry and Mark at least a weekend ahead of time:



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