Saturday, August 19, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Spotlight on the Judges - Mark Arnold

Mark Arnold holds degrees in science, professional writing, journalism and communication. While a master’s student at the University of Missouri school of Journalism during the mid 80s, he became fascinated by literary non-fiction and began to apply the techniques of Wolfe, Capote’ and Thompson. He was selected as one of the top ten student science writers in the nation and has published non-fiction in several magazines.
He elected to study for his Ph.D. at the same university Timothy Leary attended. The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa gave him a chance to learn as much about research and the effects of communication as it taught him about the human condition.

After more than a decade teaching feature writing at the college and university level, he left to pursue writing fiction. He provides critiques once a month for a writing club, NightWriters in San Luis Obispo. Writers of the Future recognized him, twice, for novella length science fiction which gave him the confidence to begin his new novel Monster, the story a Mary Shelley’s early life (Mango press. Due out by the end of this year.)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Spotlight on the Judges - S.L. Gore

Born with wanderlust, forever living in a fantasy world, S. L. Gore escaped the prairies of Kansas to follow the yellow brick road on a twenty-year odyssey that took her to Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Starting with a one way ticket to Iceland, she returned with a Viking husband, an art degree and speaking five languages.
A love of travel, classical history, languages, mysticism, food, shopping and adventure led Gore to create the epic time travel romance novels of the Isis Trilogy: The Red Mirror, The Emerald Tablet and The Black Scroll.

Her non-fiction publications include the self-help manual Sex and the Zen of Shopping: How to Live Rich by Shopping Smart and inspirational memoir contributions to three Life Choices anthologies.
Gore is a regular contributor to Life Choices on-line magazine with the cooking and table art column Beauty and the Feast, Dining with Sandra. From time to time, you can find samples and photos of both simple and exotic dishes on her blog Expect a future cookbook of Gore’s own recipes plus those of talented, foodie friends from around the globe.
Gore’s next project is a memoir of her years in North Africa hitchhiking the sands of the Sahara and exploring the back alleys of the souks in the underbelly of Maghreb. Working title: Not In Kansas Anymore. Gore is a frequent guest on talk radio discussing Middle East politics and the impact of Islamic culture on the West.
Joyously married forty-one years, the Nielsens hang out in a quintessential beach bungalow in a coastal California beach town. You can follow her on twitter @GoreNovels or like her Facebook page S. L. Gore. Email her at

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Spotlight on the Judges - Marilyn Meredith

Marilyn Meredith is the author of many published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest Seldom Traveled from Mundania Press. Writing as F. M. Meredith, her latest Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel is A Crushing Death, from Oak Tree Press. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. 

Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at 
and her blog at 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest Underway!

Entries are pouring in for the 27th annual SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest!

Join your fellow writers and enter your piece today.  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. 

The deadline is September 15, 2017, so don’t delay!  To enter and to check out all the details visit our website at:                        

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W​e can't wait to see your work!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Spotlight on the Judges - Jenna Elizabeth Johnson

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson is an author local to California’s Central Coast. She uses her background in Celtic mythology to develop the worlds and characters featured in her Legend of Oescienne (epic fantasy) and Otherworld (young adult paranormal) series.

Jenna has written eleven novels, four novellas, and five short stories featured in three different book collections. Her novels Lorehnin, Faeborne, and The Legend of Oescienne - The Ascending, have won medals in multiple categories (young adult paranormal, young adult romance, young adult fantasy) in both the Readers’ Favorite and New Apple Book Awards. 

Connect with Jenna online!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Spotlight on the Judges - Jean Moelter

Jean Moelter currently serves on the editorial committee for the Simply Clear Marketing and Media NightWriters column and was an associate editor for The Best of NightWriters in Tolosa Press. Her essays and articles have appeared in many publications.

Jean’s one-woman show Holy Crap! was part of the 2015 season at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, and she often performs stories and comedy on local stages. As playwright-in-residence at North End Children’s Theatre in Tacoma, WA, she wrote five plays for young actors. Two of her one-act comedies were produced in the Pierce County Playwrights Festival.

She lives in San Luis Obispo with her family and a high-maintenance dog.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Spotlight on the Judges - Deborah Foss

Deborah Foss is a writer, editor and college writing instructor living in Atascadero, California.  She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, and her MFA in Fiction from University of Utah in 1993.  Deborah has taught Writing and Children’s Literature at University of La Verne’s SLO campus for nine years; prior to that, she taught writing classes at Cuesta College and Salt Lake Community College.

Deborah’s creative writing work began with the Wild Goose Company in Salt Lake City.  For five years she wrote and edited award-winning humorous science books and experiment instructions for clients, including Steve Spangler, Mr. Wizard, Lawrence Hall of Science, and Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.  After moving back to California, Deborah worked on the California Education and the Environment Initiative Model Curriculum, writing over 80 introductory narratives called California Connections.  She also wrote California’s Natural Regions, a book for third-grade students describing the diverse ecosystems in our State.

Deborah’s short stories and poems have appeared in various literary journals over the years, including Shades, Sister Song, and Silver Vein. She was a contributing writer to Biomes and Ecosystem: An Encyclopedia, in 2013, and recently acted as ghostwriter for My Country or My Company, a memoir about free trade, outsourcing, and manufacturing in the United States. In early 2015 she completed a screenplay, Airlansea, based on a novel by the same name. She is currently working on her book, Environmental Intelligence: How Poetry, Art, and Storytelling Can Reconnect Children with the Natural World.