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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Golden Quill Writing Contest on the Radio

Janice Konstantinidis, SLO NightWriters President, and Tia Araminta, Golden Quill Writing Contest Director, were on the radio with local talk show host, Dave Congalton!

We had a great time talking with Dave about the contest and SLO NightWriters.  Listen to the June 26th podcast here:

Entries for the contest are coming in!  Get yours in today at: