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HALF-DAY WRITING WORKSHOP - September 14, 2024


SLO NightWriters presents a half-day writing workshop on Saturday morning, September 14th, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Attend in person or via Zoom.


8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Registration, networking, and continental breakfast

Join your fellow writers for coffee, conversation, and a continental breakfast! This is included in the cost of the workshop.

8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: "Published! Tips and Tricks from an Indie Editor" (A.M. Larks)

A.M. Larks will cover the tips and tricks on submitting to and publishing in blogs, journals, agents, and publishers. This lecture will include an overview of the publication processes as well as behind the scene looks at publishers and how and why that affects the submission process. Whether you are just starting out or figuring out where to go next, this lecture will have something for you. This 40-minute presentation will be followed by a 20-minute Q&A session.

A.M. Larks’s writing has appeared in NiftyLitScoundrel TimeAssay: A Journal of Nonfiction StudiesFive on the FifthCharge Magazine, and the ZYZZYVA  and Ploughshares blogs. She has served as a judge for the Loud Karma Productions’ Emerging Female and Nonbinary Playwriting Award and has performed her stories at Lit Up at Town Hall Theatre in Lafayette, California. She is the managing editor and blog editor at Kelp Journal. She is the former fiction editor at Please See Me, the former blog editor at The Coachella Review, as well as the former photography editor at Kelp Journal. A.M. Larks earned an MFA in creative writing from UC Riverside at Palm Desert, a JD, and a BA in English literature. Learn more about A at

9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Tech Tutorial for Writers

How to research markets and literary agents online, find and subscribe to helpful resources, and submit your short pieces to literary journals, magazines, and contests.  Bring your laptop and follow along!

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: "Building a Better Critique Group” (Brenna Humphreys)

Belonging to a healthy writing group can motivate you, make you a better writer, and increase your productivity. But it's wise to choose your critique group carefully and consciously, to ensure you find a group that offers the helpful feedback you need to grow your enthusiasm and build on your development as a writer. In this session, SLO NightWriters Critique Group Coordinator Brenna Humphreys will teach you how to find a critique group that supports your writing goals, how to give and receive feedback, how to run a culturally sensitive and inclusive critique group, and how to be a good critique group member. This 30-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.

Brenna Humphreys is the founder of Walkthrough Productions, a boutique visual capture and documentation agency. Brenna spent ten years as a Senior Writer in the Creative Department at RPA where she won multiple advertising and branded content/entertainment awards. Her fiction has been published in Southwest Missouri State University Press - Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors. Learn more about Brenna at

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Workshop/Critique Group Session

You asked for a more interactive event, and we heard you! After the presentation on Worshops and Critique Groups, we'll break up into small groups to share our work, offer and receive feedback, and put what we've learned into action. More details coming soon!

The in-person half-day workshop will take place at Chandler Hall, UCC San Luis Obispo, 11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405. Zoom attendance will be available—all registrants will be emailed the Zoom link prior to the workshop.



$25 for SLO NightWriters members.
(SAVE! Early bird price is $20 through July 15th!) 

$50 for non-members.*** 
(SAVE! Early bird price is $40 through July 15th!) 

***NON-MEMBERS: Join SLO NightWriters now and pay the member rate for the workshop!

Cost for the workshop includes continental breakfast!

Online registration is open through September 13th. Checks must be postmarked on or before September 6th.

Attendees may register in person the day of the event. Day-of registration will be $30 for SLO NightWriters members, $55 for non-members. Please be prepared to pay by check or with exact change.

*Non-members: When you register for this event, you will be added to the SLO NightWriters mailing list. We respect your privacy. You may unsubscribe at any time.


For questions: email

Mailing Address:
1126 Nipomo Ave
Los Osos, CA 93402

Meeting Address:
11245 Los Osos Valley Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

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