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Our Speaker tonight will be Andrea Chemelik

Tuesday January 11th 2022 6:30 p.m.


Andrea Chmelik

                         Finding Your Voice on the Page and Off  -   January 11, 2022                  


Andrea Chmelik was an exhausted, frazzled mom of a baby that never slept when she started writing. She joined the SLO NightWriters shortly after, finding support and encouragement that kept her going. Since then, she has published essays, short stories, written a novel, and presented at the Central Coast Writers Conference. Once she discovered that her voice on the page could make a difference in the lives of others, she realized it was her obligation to speak up on issues that were important to her. Andrea has spent the last five years as an outspoken advocate for social justice and equity. 

In her presentation, Andrea will talk about the power our words hold, and the obligation that writers carry when they pick up a pen or strike the keyboard. She will draw parallels between developing a stronger voice as a writer and as an advocate and share how to find joy in our work even when the times get tough. As storytellers, we create brand new worlds. As humans, we must protect the one we live in. Writing is a powerful tool that can help us achieve both. 


Andrea Chmelik is an activist, writer, speaker and communications professional. She grew up in communist Czechoslovakia, a country that no longer exists. Bearing witness to changing regimes, and both the rise and crumbling of democracy, she is passionate about social justice and community engagement. Andrea's work is focused on empowering, supporting and advancing women through policy, education and direct action. She is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Women's March SLO, and Chair of the SLO County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.

As a communications professional and social media strategist, she leverages the power of positive messaging to amplify diverse voices and encourage peaceful action. She is an ardent cat lover, eternal optimist, and considers chocolate essential.

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.

Terry and Mark would like to see your work in advance. Please send any work you'd like ctiriqued to Terry and Mark



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