Evelyn La Torre

Evelyn LaTorre, a cofounder of our FAW chapter, invented stories at age seven during boring rides to church in rural southeastern Montana. She won first, second and third place in a poetry contest in high school with the three poems she entered. She had her stories read in front of her English class at Washington Union High School after she moved with her family to California when she was sixteen. 

After graduating from Holy Names University, Evelyn entered the Peace Corps in Peru. You can soon read about her adventures in her memoir titled, No Guardrails: From Montana to Machu Picchu, a Peace Corps Romance. She is completing a sequel, titled Starting From Scratch.

Upon returning to California from Peru, Evelyn worked in education in several Bay Area cities for 32 years as a school social worker, psychologist and administrator. For a couple years she represented Overseas Adventure Travel as a part-time travel counselor. In 1983 she earned a doctorate in Multicultural Education, after which she had to transition from academic to narrative writing. Her writing improvements came through the tutelage of editor, Charlotte Cook and fellow FAW members of the Night Writers critique group: Tish Davidson, Jan Salinas, and Joyce Cortez.

Evelyn has served as our chapter’s temporary Treasurer, and a representative to the California Writers Club. She is presently secretary for the NorCal Writers, a CWC auxiliary group. Both CWC and NorCal provide members opportunities for writing and publication.

Evelyn’s passions are traveling and writing about her travels and her life. She has traveled to over 90 countries on six continents. Her writing appears in the 2018 issue of the CWC Literary Review, Clevermag.org, the World View Magazine, the Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, and the Tri-City Voice. She is a lifetime member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and membership chair of the League of Women Voters. She is in the process of developing a website.