Sunday, October 22, 2017

Meet Your Judges as They Work on the Finals - Lillian Brown

Lillian Brown is a retired journalist and public relations specialist trying her hand at fiction since returning to the Central Coast 12 years ago. She has published a number of short stories, as well as nonfiction articles, and is currently focusing on an historical novel. She lives with her husband and one stray cat in Atascadero, close to her two daughters and their families. 

When not writing fiction, she works in real estate and promotion, spends time with grandchildren, does some horseback riding, and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, and generally goofing off in retirement. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Finals!

The esteemed panel of judges for the SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest is hard at work, ranking the Finalist entries. Their task is not easy this year. The quality of submissions is making the final determination of the top three winners in each category exceptionally challenging.
 But – they persevere and the top ten Finalists and First, Second and Third place winners will be selected by October 26th. These contestants will be contacted via email at that time, so check your inbox!

All contestants and guests are invited to the Awards Ceremony on November 14th at the SLO NightWriters General Meeting, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please see address and directions below. The First Place winners in each category will be invited to read their winning entries. The top three winning entries will additionally be published in the SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest webpage at

11245 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo CA

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.