Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, UOP Library, Stockton, CA

Writers, readers and others interested in addictions were treated to Jason Smith, author of the hit memoir The Bitter Taste of Dying, spilling the inside dope on the story of writing his (opiate addiction) story. He claimed it took him less than three months when he got rolling, after a boost from enthusiastic readers of Chapter 1, posted for free on — which website service and readers he credits for igniting his confidence. Plus… drum roll… a publisher read Ch. 1 there and invited Jason to write the full memoir.

The searingly honest true story was released by Thought Catalog Books July 6, 2015, and is selling like crazy on Amazon and other sites, including where his shorter writings appear as well. Jason welcomes others to share their stories, too–he is a fervent and passionate advocate of beating harmful addictions in whatever form they appear.

San Joaquin Valley Writers will be offering other exciting speakers in 2016 at the University of the Pacific Library’s Community Room. We are moving our meeting day to the 2nd Saturday of each month, 12:30-3ish, starting Jan. 9, 2016. Writers are welcome to have their work critiqued at meetings, as well–any genre. Writers may bring up to five pages, double-spaced, with five copies so they can use one copy to read aloud and pass out copies for others to follow and mark–then we will verbally give our feedback, focused on being supportive and positive in our remarks!

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