Writing the Truth, Creatively
Posted by: Coronado Arts 4 years, 7 months ago


Moderator: Susan Enowitz

Panelists: George Galdorisi, Thomas Phillips and Rob Yehling

“Truth is stranger than fiction,” right? Nonfiction writing draws far more readers and sells more to publishers than fiction, for a reason: we are riveted by well-told true stories. We’ll discuss the various forms of nonfiction writing, the necessity of knowing both journalistic and interviewing techniques, and ways to use fiction writing skills such as plotting, character development, foreshadowing, and dialogue/quotes to enhance your articles and books. You will learn clear ideas and outline for the start of your query letter to a publisher or agent.

Susan Enowitz has an exceptional background and brings unique skills to the Commission where she serves as Commissioner of Literary Arts. Her Master’s degree in Anthropology and extensive research and travels led to an understanding of the importance of personal expression through the arts to people, no matter where or when they lived. Her career in museums includes 16 years at the San Diego Museum of Man, where she received a national award as an innovator in education, and most recently she retired as Executive Director of the Coronado Historical Association, where she gained insightful knowledge of the community of Coronado, both its past and present. A knowledgeable and strong supporter of public art, Susan has been involved with Coronado’s Public Art program since 2007.

Captain George Galdorisi is a career naval aviator who began his writing career in 1978 with an article in the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. He has written over 200 articles in professional journals, as well as ten books, including the New York Times best seller, “Tom Clancy Presents: Act of Valor,” the novelization of the film and “The Kissing Sailor,” which proved the identity of the two principals in Alfred Eisenstaedt’s famous photograph. His latest book project is a reboot of the best-selling Tom Clancy’s Op-Center series, with St. Martin’s Press as publisher. Book one, “Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes,” is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly best-seller. Book two, “Tom Clancy’s Into the Fire,” just released this year, is already a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly best-seller. Book three, “Scorched Earth,” is due out in 2016. George and his wife Becky became Coronado residents in 1983 and Becky taught in the Coronado school district for two decades, completing her teaching career at Village School. George has taught a course “Get Published Now,” with Coronado Adult Education and based on popular demand will teach this course again in early 2016.

Tom Phillips is a retired Navy helicopter pilot, who washed up in San Diego after that 20-year adventure was completed.   Since that “retirement” 26 years ago, he has continued to plug away training Navy rotor heads at North Island, and spinning history to visitors as a docent aboard the USS Midway Museum.  Schooled as an engineer, but educated as an historian, he teamed with George Galdorisi to produce “Leave No Man Behind,” a ground-breaking history  of  aircrew rescue under hostile fire, and regularly contributes to magazines nationally on subjects of naval aviation history.

Robert Yehling is a multiple award winning author, book editor and author promotion, marketing consultant who has presented workshops at conferences nationwide since 1992.  He is the author of the newly released “Just Add Water,” the biography of autistic surfing great Clay Marzo. In all, he has written or ghostwritten 17 books, all but one of them nonfiction. Bob strives to connect all writers with their inherent greatness – and then to bring out their stories and passions. He lives in Oceanside.