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San Diego Writers/Editors Guild is proud to present three local debut memoir writers in a panel discussion about what motivated them to write and the challenges and rewards in the process. Join us on March 28, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the San Diego Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans Street San Diego, CA 92110.

Dennis LynchDennis Lynch, author of Shooting Saddam, has travelled extensively around the country filming documentaries, cable series, live events, and instructional programs for broadcast and corporate markets. When Dennis travelled to Iraq to cover the trials of Saddam Hussein, he already had considerable experience behind the camera with some of America’s most infamous cases. During his 38 years in film and television, Dennis and associated productions received numerous acknowledgements including the CINE Golden Eagle, Gold Cindy/IFPA, Angel and Halo, Film Advisory Board of Excellence, and Telly awards. Dennis Lynch graduated from Chapman University with a double major in English and Communications. www.dennislynch.net

Leslie-2015final-squareLeslie Johansen Nack grew up in Oceanside Harbor for a time, and in 1975 she and her two sisters and father left to sail around the world. She was featured in the San Diego Union Tribune as well as on Channels 7 and 10 on January 19, 1975 when her family sailed into the sunset. In her debut memoir, FOURTEEN, Leslie details her relationship with her demanding and overbearing father while coming of age in the mid-1970s without a mother to guide her. Leslie graduated UCLA with a BA in English literature. She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and San Diego Writers Ink. She lives in San Diego and has two children with her husband of twenty-five years. http://www.lesliejohansennack.com/

Lauri_taylor_smallLauri Taylor spent four years investigating her mother’s murder in both the United States and Mexico, but before that she was a marketing and branding expert who worked with professional athletes and premium lifestyle brands. She worked with NBA professionals developing their unique brand identities through endorsement opportunities, speaking engagements, public appearances and philanthropic associations. Lauri has lived with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress and has become an advocate for shameless communication about mental health and the stigma of mental illness. The Accidental Truth is her first book. Lauri is a graduate of SMU’s Cox School of Business, holding a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She lives in Orange County, California and is the mother of two grown children. She is a member of the SMU Alumni Association, the Cox School of Business Alumni Association, and the National Charity League. http://www.lauri-taylor.com