In March 2013, the Rough Writers joined Cambria's Joslyn Recreation Center.  We now meet in the Center's Conference Room.

We have a winner!  Donna Kean won the Lillian Dean Award for fiction at the 2012 Central Coast Writers' Conference.  The competition called for the first page of a short story, limited to 250 words.  Donna's entry was, "The Shooter Was Nine."

The Rough Writers presented a Showcase of our new works, "Out of Our Minds," on Sunday, June 3, 2012 at the Theater @ Cambria Center for the Arts.  The event was well-attended and was so enthusiastically received that the Theater has invited us to do another event this winter or next spring!  In addition to the benefits of presenting our works to a live audience, the event also generated interest among visitors and potential new members.  

The Showcase was presented by The Rough Writers and Cambria's Allied Arts Association.
More information.

Here are some of the other things the Rough Writers have been doing:

The Rough Writers discovered the renga!  We enjoyed the first one so much that we wrote a second.  See what we did.

Greed in the Garden-- The Rough Writers recently held a reception to benefit the Actors' Alliance's production of 7 Sins in 60 Minutes, and raised more money than a similar event in New York City.  Guests were treated to fine local wines, gourmet munchies and spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.  Many thanks to RWs Sherri and John Bell for hosting the event in their beautiful garden.  See

Anne Bennett is submitting her second short story for publication.  Anne also writes poems and Haikus for our local paper, The Cambrian.
Paula Cizmar's play, Seven, has been performed in New York, London, Deauville, France, The Hague and all over Sweden.  It also has been performed in Argentina, Serbia, Russia and Turkey.  In Spring 2012, Seven was produced by Visions and Voices at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  Also in 2012, Seven was selected for the month-long 18th Istanbul International Theatre Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.  Performed in Turkish, the cast featured well-known Turkish actors, journalists, and supporters of human rights.  For more information about Seven at the Istanbul International Theatre Festival, go to:
(See News About Seven.)

Seven also was performed in September 2010 as part of the Vital Voices Summit in India. See  Paula also is a co-author of 7 Sins in 60 Minutes.  See
Sherry Eiselen has submitted her first novel for publication, is about to submit her second one, and is working on her third.   Her short story, "My Body and I" was published in the Bay News and SLO [San Luis Obispo] City News in winter 2011.
Tom Harrington's short story "The War" was a winner in the 2010 New Times' 55 Fiction Contest.
Patricia Heineman has finished her second novel, A Peculiar Connection.  It's available on, along with her first novel, Lune Cottage.
John Lamb's short story "To My Most Constant Friend" won Honorable Mention in the 2010 SLO NightWriters' short story contest.  The theme was trust and betrayal.  John has begun work on a longer piece that is slowly becoming a novel.
Michele Oksen has submitted her first novel, The Basket Keepers, for publication.  Michele also writes a monthly column, "Mountain Musings," for our local paper, The Cambrian.  She also writes a monthly column for the online publication, SLO Coast Journal, titled "Coastland Contemplations" (previously, "Nature's Voice").  See 

Linda Parr
will submit her poem, "Ad Girl," to a journal for publication.