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My new post in Oregon Jewish Life is front page news

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​THE TRIBALISM THAT REIGNED IN BEIT SHEMESH FOR A DECADE IS OVER BY GILA GREEN I live in Beit Shemesh, the city that made global headlines when a Jewish man spat on a young girl (in December 2011). As a writer I was asked to speak out, to write a blog post or article that would distance "us" from "them." But I felt articles created more hatred, wer...
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Welcome to my new blog!

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​Are you looking for a place online where you can find writing advice, read author interviews, watch short and useful vlogs and learn about life in Israel at the same time? You're here. I'm Gila Green, a Canadian author from Ottawa living in Israel. I'm excited to have a new writing space online and I would love to hear what you'd like to see ...
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My new story "No Entry" is up! And the novel deal's signed for a September 2019 release

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An excerpt from my young adult novel, No Entry  is out. My novel is now signed with Stormbird Press, Australia for a September 2019 release. I'm working on a sequel right now. What's No Entry about? Teen heroine, Yael Yekutiel, signs on to an elephant conservation program and ends up coming face to face with violence, greed and murder. The story takes place in South Africa’s famous, breathtaking Kruger National Park. Yael vows to devote herself to saving the planet from human greed and is set to learn all she can about ivory poaching when she accidentally encounters a murderous poaching ring taking place below the surface of her newfound paradise. She receives a second blow when she discovers her idol Clara Smith, the prestigious and well-respected program director, profits from blood ivory, while preaching about the sanctity of wildlife. Yael is forced to decide on a new mission: expose this...
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Passport Control is out on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle

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You can check out Passport Control and please let me know what you think. My October release turned into an August one! As of today it is on Amazon Canada, too .

Early review of White Zion coming out April 2019, Cervena Barva Press

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Imagine a group of friends and relatives coming together throughout the afternoon over food and drink, staying late into the evening to share stories that engender laughter, tears, empathy and admiration. The profoundly satisfying stories in White Zion are rich in intimate detail, peopled with a cast of heart wrenching characters at once familiar and unique, a gathering of personalities that leaves me reluctant to leave their company and eager to revisit them. Pearl Luke, author Madame Zee

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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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

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...
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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...
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It's not too late to sign up for January Virtual Classes

It's not too late to sign up for January Virtual Classes
We just started this week, but there's still plenty of room and lots of time to catch up. Four Fantastic Virtual Workshops: Flash: 8 weeks http://wow-womenonwriting.com/classroom/GilaGreen_FlashFictionWorkshop.php Literary Devices I & II 6 weeks: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/classroom/GilaGreen_MemorableWritingLiteraryDevicesI.php How to Publish Your Short Story 4 weeks: http://wow-womenonwriting.com/classroom/GilaGreen_PublishShortStoryWorkshop.php OR if you're in the area, sign up for my four week workshop in Jerusalem offered through Temech. The JWWS network, in conjunction with Temech, is pleased to announce our FOURTH SESSION for all women writers… The JWWS Writers’ Educational Network For Women Registration is via Temech’s office (02- 538-8665, press 0 and say you are calling for JWWS/ Writers’ Courses) and tell them you are registering for the next JWWS course that is to begin on Jan 19 th . To ensure your place you must pre-register. These JWWS courses will be a pre-paid and pre-booked only in advance option. Price for full course, all four sessions: 200...
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Dear Gila,

I have enjoyed the (Flash Fiction) course. I found the way you gave us pieces to study most helpful.  The two lessons which gave me the most were those on sensory detail and pacing. Thank you, Regards, Eileen Cooke               Australia.

I can write, but I can’t edit

I often receive e-mails from class participants (Thank you. Keep them coming). One of the most troubling comments is this: I can write, but I can’t edit. This type of writer usually proves she really believes this when she sends in a new piece instead of an edited version or revision of a piece she’s already sent me. If this sounds familiar, you need to stop thinking this way because it hurts your chances of publication. This bears repeating. Stop selling yourself this line. I don’t know who made it up, but it’s got to go. All writers need some self-editing skills. This is not to say that writers don’t need editors. They do. I do. Still, at some point all writers must switch from writing to editing mode. Editing mode is not the same for all literary forms. If you are editing a Flash Fiction piece, your first goal...
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Crash! Crunch! Cabang! Where have all the Literary Devices Gone?

By Gila Green Writers are forever hearing they need to improve their writing skills. No matter what we produce and how frequently, there’s always some well-meaning editor, fellow writer or classmate hinting that you can never learn enough about writing. Interpret that as you wish. Perhaps, you see great writing as an exercise bike you need to ride forever, or like a sink in which dishes grow (if it’s anything like my kitchen sink). Either way most of these messages are downers. The answers we’re given repeatedly once we ask that inevitable question: how does a writer improve her craft are often framed as more of a chore than a bowl of cherries.   No doubt you’ve read that writers have to be voracious readers, readers so starved for reading material that only the dry end of a book cover or sharp end of a kindle is true nourishment. Food...
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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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