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Guest Post: Conswalia Green

Writing Opportunities In Unexpected Places. Being a student has reminded me that if you write, you are a writer; write and write often; and opportunities to write really are everywhere. When I decided to get a MA in Technical and Professional Communication, I felt that I was betraying my creative writing self.    I repeated, "This doesn't define you. You're still a creative writer.”  Even when my professor said in research class, "to not be mistaken, this is a writing class," I still felt like a cheat. After a couple of writing intensive classes, it surprised me what I learned and relearned:  writing practice comes in many forms and still adheres to basic writing rules.    Honor deadlines   There is always a deadline.  That’s frightening when staring at a blank page. Gather research and focus on your writing goal with your deadline mind. Remember the 5 magic words As I...
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Summer Guest Post Series: Joyce Barton

Summer Guest Post Series: Joyce Barton
Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: How I Burned My Old Darlings and Got Back to Writing Fiction Joyce Barton (Guest Blog Post) I was coming off of a year of transcription and research for a nonfiction project and feeling ready to get back into fiction, but I was stuck. It had been so long since I’d used that muscle, could I even write fiction anymore? Write something new? What about my orphans, my piles and files of decades-old material— leave no story behind , I’d promised my characters, and myself. Here’s how I burned through my indecision (aka resistance ) by feeding some old friends to the fire. State Your Mission I’m a writer, right? I write things down. So it seemed natural to define, in writing, what I wanted and why, when this would happen, how I’d get there, and commit to it—a good old-fashioned Mission Statement. Here’s...
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Summer Guest Post Series 2018

Summer Guest Post Series 2018
My summer guest post series is so successful, I'm continuing this summer. My first guest post is from Andrea Hunter. 5 Reasons Why Every Writer Should be on Instagram You don't need me to tell you that social media is a powerful tool. It's evident in the fact that we can upload and share a photo, video, article, message, or opinion - on an ever-growing variety of social platforms - in a matter of seconds. That's pretty impressive in its own right. But the real power comes into play when you consider that the content you just posted has the potential to be seen by literally millions of people around the world. Millions. It's mind-boggling when you stop and think about how connected we are. I won't tell you that social media is the new word of mouth. (It is.) I won't even tell you that almost one-third of the global...
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Release date October 2018

Release date October 2018

New Story in Terrain.org

New Story in Terrain.org
I'm excited to share with you that my new story "No Entry" will be published in terrain.org . in September 2018. As soon as it's up, I'll post the link.

Great News: Passport Control is coming out fall 2018

Great News: Passport Control is coming out fall 2018
I'm thrilled to share with you that my novel Passport Control will be coming out with S&H Publishing  October 2018. "Many novels have attempted to orchestrate the impossible marriage of politics and human relations in the state of Israel, but few have presided over that perilous ceremony with the grace, affection, and emotional clarity of Gila Green's Passport Control .  A stunning achievement." Steve Stern, author of  The Book of Mischief ,  A Plague of Dreamers ,  The Frozen Rabbi , and  The North of God . What's it about? Miriam Gil flees Canada for Israel when her Israeli dad says he needs more room in their house — for his new girlfriend. Soon at university, living in a dorm with three bickering roommates, she falls in love with Guy, a former combat soldier who dreams of peace.  Miriam is caught off guard when her visa and passport application are rejected...
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Short story accepted to The Fiddlehead

Short story accepted to The Fiddlehead
The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada's Literary Journal,   accepted my story "Winnipeg 1987." Look for it in the autumn 2018 issue.

White Zion and Other Stories is on its Way

White Zion and Other Stories is on its Way
My short story collection White Zion is coming out with Cervena Barva Press . White Zion migrates between 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada. Stories explore racism, alienation within the family unit, and the fall-out after generations of war. In a journey of generations from Aden to Palestine to Ottawa, one Yemenite family encounters new and difficult realities: racism and war, rejection and divorce, resourceful survival and tragic death. With smells of delicious breads wafting up from the page, embroidering detail upon detail in fine literary stitch, Gila Green draws us fully into her narrative, as she generously shares with us the hidden core of family life and the stories she is not afraid to tell.   Yael Unterman, author of The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing .   Voices in the collection include Assaf, a Yemenite boy growing up in pre-State Israel,...
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Are You a Serial Smile Writer?

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Writers must write emotion. That's a given. But many writers lean too heavily on stock emotional body language when they describe their characters: the wink, the nod, the yawn, the shrug and that American favorite, the smile. North Americans smile more than people from other cultures. And we don't just smile (way) more, we smile bigger and brighter. Scroll through a brief comparison of photos of American vs. Chinese leaders and you'll see it, too. As an editor, I don't go more than five pages without spotting it in first drafts for longer pieces and there's a rare Flash piece without at least someone smiling by line four. From the first grin in a draft, it's everywhere, way too much of it. For many writers it is a crutch whose sell-by-date has expired. So short of moving to Russia or Japan and imbuing a whole new body language vocabulary, what's a...
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The Forgotten Character in Story: Your Story World

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Setting is an often overlooked story element for many writers.    I cannot tell you how many short fiction submissions I've received that take place No-where in No-time. When queried the most common answer I receive from writers is, "this story can take place in anywhere USA." Or, "It doesn't matter. They could be in any modern city."   If you've ever sat down to write fiction or non-fiction and used this approach to setting and location it's way past time to stop. This response couldn't be more wrong. There are several key points for you to remember about your story world. Today I will discuss one of them.   Remember this: no one has ever been to your story world except for you.   Consider the world you live in every day. Who inhabits that world? You do. Nobody else. You have a unique perspective on your world. Not sure?...
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Dear Gila....

I took one of your classes and, you may remember, the story (The Storm) I wrote? Anyway I entered it in a contest and placed third which pleased me. Nancy Shelton Springfield, MO

Five Ways Living in One Language Affects Your Writing in Another

Diction. Slang and other everyday words sneak into our vocabularies. If you don’t live and write in the same language, it takes an extra effort to root out unintended foreign words from your work. Names. Many writers spend time enhancing their work with thoughtful character names. But when you live in one language and write in another naming story characters can be frustrating. Names from your adopted country often seem awkward in your mother tongue, or worse become words that take the reader out of the story. On the other hand, mother tongue names may appear mundane. Setting. If you choose to write about your adopted country, it may appear too exotic or you may worry you lack the background to make the country come alive. How long do you have to live somewhere to feel you have the authority to write about it, especially if the country operates in a...
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Summer Guest Post Series. Welcome Sari Friedman's "With Love"

Summer Guest Post Series. Welcome Sari Friedman's "With Love"
With Love By Sari Friedman If I’m lucky, something spectacular happens at some point in my writing process. I fall in love. Sometimes I’m in love with my protagonist, but not always— it’s impossible to predict which character, setting, technical aspect or plot sequence will fill me with that combination of tender regard, affection, allegiance and the desire to start writing a sonnet. As I wrote my first novel, which is about a New Yorker who starts to remember her past-life 4,000 years ago in the Land of Canaan, I fell in love with the antagonist’s manipulative pyrotechnics. I loved the technical challenge of revealing the conniving of a hurt-causing personality. I’m not conniving in real life. I'm nurturing and empathic. Strangers have been known to call me “Mom.” But this meant that I’d never understood how a hurtful personality could function. And that led to my sometimes being very hurt....
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Mondays are Murder

Mondays are Murder
Please see my latest noir flash fiction in Akashic Books Mondays are Murder Series. /

Find me in May 2016

Find me in May 2016
Come see me at WriteSpace for Spring Flash Fiction Seminars Can't come to Jerusalem?  Virtual Classes start May 11, 2016 Eight Weeks  Flash ,  Six Weeks  Short Story ,  Four Weeks  Mini Publishing  Workshop.  OR join me at the Jewish Women's Writers Seminar May 24

The launch of WriteSpace Jerusalem is on April 7th

The launch of WriteSpace Jerusalem is on April 7th
3, 2, 1, lift off… Come meet fellow writers and flex your writing muscles with guided prompts. Find out more about WriteSpace Jerusalem and meet a selection of our instructors: Jane Medved (poetry), Gila Green (flash fiction), Mitch Ginsburg (literary translation), Anna Levine (young adult & children), Sheffi Raiskin (bibliotherapy), Batnadiv Hakarmi-Weinberg (creative nonfiction), and Nadia Jacobson (fiction). Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016 Time: 19:30-21:30 Location: PICO Jerusalem, 4th floor, Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiyot, Jerusalem (opposite Hadar Mall) Entrance is free of charge and light refreshments will be served. An additional perk: Receive 10% off your first seminar or workshop. Reserve your place: Subscribe to our mailing: www.writespacejerusalem.com/contact-us.html Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flash Fiction in Jerusalem

Flash Fiction in Jerusalem
 Focus on Flash Fiction Half-Day Seminar Date Options: ​March 7 / 8 / 13 / 14  To Register and for more Info: WriteSpace Everyone has time to read flash fiction. That’s one of the reasons why it’s become such a popular genre. What value is there to distilling   whole stories into narratives under 1,000 words, down to even 6 words? We read fiction to build empathy, to explore new realities, to escape, Can you do that in so few words?  Yes, you can. Flash is ideal for our modern short attention spans (though there’s nothing really new about it). The 21st-century reader has made flash fiction "in-demand" fiction. It’s ideal for our screens: tablets, smartphones, netbooks, and laptops. Reading a whole story on a single screen is an aesthetic experience and, best of all, it’s an increasingly sought after genre offered by small presses. There’s even a National Flash Fiction...
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I'm continuing my Guest Post Series. Andrea is a past class participant and it's great to have her on board today.

I'm continuing my Guest Post Series. Andrea is a past class participant and it's great to have her on board today.
Revision Decisions "It hurts when someone calls your baby ugly." My co-author's comment rang painfully clear over the metallic thrum of the Metra train coasting along its tracks. We were on our way home after a writer's workshop in the city, and the "baby" she referred to was our book. After years of balancing schedules, juggling real-life responsibilities, and carving out countless hours to write together our novel was finally finished. The result? Over 250,000 precious words detailing the beginning, middle, and end of each of our fictitious characters' journeys. We did it! [insert enthusiastic high five] But even as newbie authors we were keenly aware that just because you peck out those two little words on the very last page: The End doesn't necessarily mean the end. In fact, quite the opposite is true. As fate would have it, one frosty winter morning, we each received an email announcing an...
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One Demure Chastity Belt Bust

One Demure Chastity Belt Bust
Some Flash to Read by Gila Green  T My Mom fought the fifties. I never knew. If anyone would have asked me I would have told them that my mother was straight-laced, demure, a Canadian Capital City poster girl, not just in character, but on the ground. In the photo I like best, my mother is a teenager, a head turner, a talent. She and her acting group have just returned from yet another triumph at the annual Dominion Drama Festival. Mayor Charlotte Whitton has come as part of the surprise welcome home to the young, gifted locals. The camera has captured the confetti in my mother’s bark colored hair and I imagine the scent from the rose petals overpowers the usual train station smells of machinery and cigarette smoke. Well, it’s not the usual train station atmosphere, it’s a party. The thought that she is going to be giving birth...
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Latest Books

Passport Control

Passport Control

Miriam Gil knows little about Israel. Her father won’t talk about his life there or the brother he left behind when he came to Canada. Hurt and angry when he tells her to move out to make room for his new girlfriend, she enrolls in an Israeli university. She falls in love with Guy... 

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King of the Class

King of the Class

Eve and Manny are engaged in post-civil war Israel, but Manny has a secret: he’s falling in love with his religious roots and turning his back on moral relativism. As their wedding date approaches...

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Forthcoming Books

White Zion

White Zion

White Zion is a novel in stories forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (April 2019). The novel takes readers into the worlds of 19th century Yemen, pre-State Israel, modern Israel and modern Canada...

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No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Yekutiel, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed, and murder and the taste of a very real danger for all of us: elephant extinction. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park...

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