Sunday, October 8, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work on the Finals! Meet Natalie McDermott

Natalie’s love for the written word began in the first grade, and it simply never stopped flourishing; her family was not surprised when she received her Master’s in Literature, since seeing her with her nose in a book was not uncommon.   Since she now runs with her friend and business partner, Mindy Conde, this sight is still not uncommon, except now she has a red pen in her hand.   

As an editor, Natalie’s passion for the written word has grown exponentially, as she thoroughly enjoys helping authors with their craft.  She lives in Burbank with her husband and their small dog, and she dreams of the Central Coast.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work - Meet Susan Tuttle

Susan Tuttle is a professional editor, writing instructor, and the award-winning author of 14 books (5 suspense novels, 1 short story collection, a 6-volume workbook series on writing titled Write It Right, and 2 books 
on spiritual Biblical meditations. She is a member of SLO NW, the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters In Crime (SinC), SinC National and the Public Service Writers Association (PSWA). Find her writing prompts every Wednesday at

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work - Meet Mindy Conde

With a Master’s degree in Literature and a lifelong passion for the written word, Mindy is in her element as an editor for, which she runs along with friend and business partner, Natalie 
McDermott. She loves working with authors to help them perfect their manuscripts and turn those tricky passages into masterpieces. After graduating from Cal Poly, Mindy and her husband didn’t want to leave the area and now call the Central Coast their home. She lives in the lovely, and often foggy, little town of Los Osos with her husband, two cats, and piles and piles of books. When she’s not editing or reading, Mindy enjoys local wine tasting, baking, and hiking in the many beautiful areas the Central Coast has to offer. 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Judges Hard at Work - Meet Sean Boling

Sean is the author of seven novels and a collection of short stories. He teaches English at Cuesta College and Creative Writing at the Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation. He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and two children.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Spotlight on the Judges - Matthew Fleming

Matthew Fleming teaches poetry, critical thinking, composition, and literature at Cuesta College where he has taught for the last eighteen years.  His poetry has been published in the journals Night Roses, the University Review, The Forum, and he was awarded the Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Scholarhip for poetry as well as being honored as the 2002 "Teacher of the Year.” 

His other writing pursuits include screenwriting for film and t.v. as well as music performance and recording.  

Saturday, September 2, 2017

There is still time to enter the 27th annual SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest!

Join your fellow writers and enter your piece today before the September 15 deadline.  The theme is Liberation which must be used for every entry in Flash/Short Fiction, up to 1,500 words; Poetry, up to 40 lines; and Creative Non-Fiction, up to 1,500 words.
For the low entry fee of $15 you can win $500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third. 

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W​e can't wait to see your work of Liberation!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Spotlight on the Judges - Elizabeth White

Elizabeth White resides on the Central Coast of California, where for several years she authored the San Luis Obispo County lifestyle blog, Elizabeth in SLO. Readers from around the globe shared her discovery of SLO County's avant-garde, as she explored the beauty and wonder of this regional Shangri-la.
Elizabeth's taste for adventure dates back to the 90s, when she taught English in rural Japan. She reveled in discovering the local cuisine and customs while surrounded by lush fields of rice, stunning tulip farms, and towering alps. She later served as the media coordinator for the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program's Alumni Association of Southern California, where she sourced writers, edited articles, and published several of her Japanese escapades in Sushi and Sake Magazine.
Her love of documentaries led her to volunteer for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, where for several years she wrangled wine for Festival events and also served as a board member. This experience kindled her interest in the budding Central Coast wine scene.
Elizabeth's blog stories chronicled her vino-infused exploits throughout the rolling SLO County vineyards and culinary hot spots, as well as her experimentation with recipes influenced by local flavors and products. Her interviews with local chefs and wine makers have been published in VINO Wine Lifestyle Magazine and Templeton Life.

Currently she continues to wander, photograph, and write about the beauty and wonder of the Central Coast, largely as a guest blogger. When out exploring the local terrain, Elizabeth, camera in tow, captures the regional wildlife and majestic coastal scenery.  She is a published photographer and uses her photos to bring her stories to life. You can catch glimpses of her work at and