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Allusion in Flash fiction: double your meaning in a single Flash

Many writers think ‘brief’ these days. Short fiction is popular both on the internet and in print and whether you call it flash, postcard or micro fiction it all comes down to your story’s bottom line: reduce your work to its barest bones. One guideline is to eliminate literary devices. We are told that although we may write: “ He was Usain Bolt in his running shoes, sprinting towards the hospital.” This is a no-no in flash. Change this to : He sprinted to the hospital. You just went from eleven to five words. This advice saves the writer six precious words. It also ups the story’s pace, intensifying the drama and focus and flash fiction is nothing if not about focus. What about the meaning of the story? Has it changed? If the writer is pulling in a metaphor for speed willy nilly from anywhere, then no, nothing has changed....
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Happy Anniversary to me!

Five Year Anniversary Observations: Online Literary Devices Class   On the eve of completing five years teaching Literary Devices on the WOW-Women on Writing site—three semesters per year—it’s an auspicious time to note my observations and to look for ways to improve.  Some observations (note I have rounded the percentages). Participants are overwhelmingly female at ninety-eight per cent. Not a great surprise for a site with the word ‘women’ in the title. Sixty percent are working on a short story, thirty percent on a novel and ten percent on a personal essay. An overwhelming ninety percent are writing in realism (historical fiction, coming-of-age, memoir, romance). Only ten percent write fantasy. The biggest increase in a genre is in the romance genre with a thirty percent increase since 2010! Fully half of my new participants are now writing in the romance genre. Not sure how to explain this. Romance has always been...
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Author Talks: Kislev Reflection & Reading

I will be speaking in Hashmonaim   November 20 with my friend and colleague Nicole Nathan. INVITATION: Kislev Reflection & Reading It is now Kislev, the month of dreams.  Dreams reflect the hidden light of the soul and open up space to examine and reflect, and the long winter nights provide us with an ideal time to withdraw and read. Join us for an evening of reflection and of light in the darkness preceding Chanukah as two women writers read from their new novels. Originally Canadian, Gila Green and Nicole Nathan have spent much time reflecting and have written novels that examine our spiritual state. Other upcoming dates for Author Talks (email me for final confirmation of dates) Hashmonaim Wednesday November 20 Beer Sheva Monday November 25 Maaleh Adumim December 7 Bar Ilan University May 11-13 You are invited! Bring a friend.

Would you like to invite me to speak?

Author Talks If you are in Israel and have a women's group, synagogue, charity, school or other organization that would like to invite me to speak about writing, publishing and/or my novel KING OF THE CLASS or if you'd like me to offer a writing workshop, email me: gila green  @ gmail. com (remove spaces) with 'author talk' in the subject line. I am happy to invite other Israel-based authors to speak with me about our books if you'd like to offer a group talk to your audience. Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Next Virtual Class Sign Up January 2014

Watch the WOW site for details of my January 6 virtual Flash Fiction and Literary Devices classes.

In my last post I wrote about promoting your debut novel from my experience with King of the Class. Today I want to list some don’ts.

Don’t forget to make a post-novel plan . What do you want to do now that your novel’s been out for a while? Write a new novel? Go on a book tour? Go back to your day job? Try a new genre? This is especially important if you are anything like me i.e., flounders without specific goals. Don’t respond to criticism . It’s an absurd expectation to think you will write a book that appeals to everyone. Thank them for reading your work and move on. Some comments might be indecipherable. One reader told me that I was admired and talented and then went on to write that the best thing for me would be to write a novel that had no Jews, no Israel and nothing to do with any religion whatsoever. That would be a book to read, if I’d only write it! Umm. Thanks. I think.    Don’t...
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Ten things I’ve learned four months after publishing my first novel King of the Class

I’ve been publishing short stories since 2006, but this year my debut novel King of the Class was released by a small literary Vancouver publisher ( www.nonpublishing.com ). I’ve received many questions from debut authors mostly asking ‘what worked.’ Here are ten things that worked for me. Ten things I’ve learned four months after publishing my first novel King of the Class Target freelancers for reviews . I spent hours emailing publications I felt shared my target audience. Hands-down most of them ignored me or sent me polite ‘no’ emails. When I discovered the freelancers who sell regularly to these publications, I had far more success. Find them by clicking on contributors’ names.   Only no means no . Perseverance works. No answer does not mean no. Once in a while I’d get an email: “Good for you for not giving up. I was so busy with X, but now I’d...
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New short stories

My new story, Mother, Daughter, Mercenary forthcoming September 2013 with Noir Nation (crime fiction) and  Still Life with Father in Arc Magazine forthcoming from the Israel Association of Writers in English.

Book Review: CACTUS HEART, Issue 4, June 2013 (pg 147-179)

Book Review: CACTUS HEART, Issue 4, June 2013 (pg 147-179)
King of the Class by Gila Green Vancouver: Now or Never Publishing, 2013; $19.95. 237 pages. ISBN: 978-1-92694-214-8 Reviewed by Julie Anne Levin In her gripping and heartfelt first novel, King of the Class, Gila Green sets a timeless tale of love and religion in a politically and technologically futuristic Israel. Among cyber pets and hoverboards, a self-proclaimed nonreligious woman, Eve, is guided by supernatural connections through a plot maze that includes a difficult marriage and her only son’s disappearance. Tapping deeply into the experience of motherhood, Green’s most moving moments depict a mother’s relationship to her unborn child’s soul and, then, to her young son. The story also convincingly examines the sometimes healthy and sometimes disturbing sacrifices parents make to serve their children. This fast-paced novel is set in an Israel in which the twostate solution refers not to Israel and Palestine (a situation only briefly mentioned in the book),...
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NEW Flash Fiction course September 30, 2013

Sign up for Flash, Literary Devices I, Literary Devices II http://www.wow-womenonwriting. com/WOWclasses.html#GilaGreen_ FlashFictionWorkshop

King of the Class: Reader Reviews

King of the Class: Reader Reviews
Gila Green's King of the Class is at once a bold and unflinching examination of love and faith in harrowing conflict, while at the same time a spellbindingly suspenseful tale that kept this reader breathlessly turning pages. The book clearly heralds the debut of a brave talent and brilliant entertainer .  Steve Stern author of The Wedding Jester , The Frozen Rabbi , The Book of Mischief As a chronicler of contemporary Israeli religious life I think Green has no rival.  She tells the stories from the born again trenches without the heavenly jingles and  praise the Lord sighs. This is the spiritual equivalent of a soldier’s memoir from the  Iraq War. Jarhead for the religious crowd.  The last hundred and fifty pages of  thriller are page-turners, and it is no small feat to turn the religious lives of a few  thousand Israelis into a drama you could make into a...
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Read Excerpt from King of the Class in Times of Israel

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King of the Class now available on Amazon

The Next Big Thing with Gila Green

Today I'm taking part in an exciting blog hop. Thank you Vicki Taylor for the invitation. What is a blog hop? For those of you unfamiliar with the term, here is THE NEXT BIG THING’s original blurb: “THE NEXT BIG THING is designed to raise awareness of our work, or work in progress. We do that by answering ten questions about it. We graciously thank the person who nominated us, and tag four to six other authors whose work could very well be THE NEXT BIG THING.” So let’s get this show on the road! What is the working title of your next book? Title: King of the Class. Where did the idea come from for the book? My idea initiated with my desire to write about the vulnerability of kids who do not fit into a box in the Israeli school system and I began with a family: parents +...
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New Short Story in Jewish Fiction

My new short story "Roller Coaster" will be published in Jewish Fiction (winter 2013).

Blogs I read

Quick Brown Fox Be a Better Writer

Fellowship in Montreal

NEW: An excerpt from my satirical novel, King of the Class , was short-listed for the 2011 Summer Literary Seminars Contest.

Ebook Testimonial

In this wise, instructive ebook Gila Green draws on her journalistic experience

Recent Published Clients

"The piece you helped me with won second prize in the Moment Memoir Writing Contest (2011). Thank you for putting your wonderful, critical eye to it," C.L. Israel. "Great news! The Paris Review took the excerpt," Jill Sadowsky, Raanana, Israel . " Urim Publiations has accepted my book. Thank you so much for your editing skills and advice," Cheryl Levi, Beit Shemesh, Israel. " Nachas Magazine not only took my story, but offered me a regular writing position. All thanks to your hard work," Simchi Gluck, Jerusalem, Israel. "You really do give excellent feedback;I've learned a lot and the stories you have edited for me are being published in Hamodia ." Rhona Lewis, Beit Shemesh, Israel.

Editing Award

We have won an honorable mention award for the best Leadership Editorial in the USA section of the International College of Dentists (ICD) Journalism 2009 Award competition. As the copy editor for ICD Magazine I wish to thank the committee chairman and the publisher.

Teaching

What do participants in my classes have to say?

I’ve taken a lot of writing courses through different groups, and by far yours have all been the most beneficial. I loved this Flash course. The most important lesson I learned is just how incredibly difficult it is to write good flash fiction. I learned about many new tools that I can use in future writings. ~ Kathryn Schleich Here's what I loved about Gila's class: I felt safe (of paramount importance as a writer and as me) I felt my questions and contributions were valued I received no-nonsense feedback and advice from you The assignments were well presented and well prepared The information within each assignment was incredibly useful and not overwhelming Here's what I loved about Gila as an instructor: You always took the time to answer my questions, even the ones that were more personally oriented You are direct and have realistic expectations of students You are encouraging...
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Frequently Asked Questions

I've only written ten pages of a manuscript and I'm stuck. Can you help? Yes. I help with manuscripts at all stages of development. You'd be surprised how quickly we can get you unstuck.  Do you help with query letters to agents and publishers? Yes. I have more than a dozen years of query letter writing experience.   My manuscript is complete, but it needs editing. Can you help? Yes. I offer copy editing and conceptual editing services.  Should I self publish or traditional? As a general rule, self-publishing is more effective for non-fiction and/or for professionals who are writing a companion book for workshops, seminars and so on.  I want to plan a relaxing, fun retreat and I need something stimulating, and expressive with a wide appeal. Can you help? Yes. I offer seminars and workshops to broad audiences of all levels.  Can you organize a live workshop in Israel? Absolutely....
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Short Biography

Canadian author Gila Green is an Israel-based writer, editor and EFL teacher. Her first novel is  King of the Class  ( NON Publishing,  Vancouver, 2013). Her collection White Zion is forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press (W. Sommerville, MA).  Gila's short fiction appears in dozens of literary magazines in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Israel, Ireland and Hong Kong including:  The Fiddlehead (forthcoming), Akashic Books,  Fiction Magazine, The Saranac Review, Arc Magazine, Many Mountains Moving, Noir Nation, Quality Women's Fiction, The Dalhousie Review, Jewish Fiction, and Boston Literary Review .  Her work has been short listed for the Doris Bakwin Literary Award (Carolina Wren Press),  WordSmitten's TenTen Fiction  Contest, twice for the   Walrus Literary Award,  twice for the  Eric Hoffer Best New Writing Award   and the  Ha'aretz   Short Fiction Award.  Gila's fellowships include the Summer Literary Seminars Program (Montreal). She has lived in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and...
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Thank You for Your Order

Congratulations! You are one step closer to reaching your writing and publishing goals. You will soon be able to explore practical steps that you can take towards mastering the craft of fiction writing. I am confirming your order which will be sent to the e-mail address on the order form. Every attempt will be made to fill your order within 24 hours. However, it could take up to 72 hours due to holidays and weekends (if your order was placed close to that time frame.) I welcome your feedback. Please send it to me through www.gilagreenonline.com

Teaching

I am teaching Creative Writing (short fiction) at Touro College (Jerusalem) this fall (2007).

Latest Publication

My short story "Half Sisters" has been accepted to The Pilot Project in Toronto. Look for it in Pilot Book 3 due out November, 2007. "Half Sisters" is part of my short story collection, White Zion. "Under the Third Canopy" is now a novel titled "Miriam and Nathaniel." I am working on a new wedding-theme collection.

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Contests

Short-listed for the Walrus Literary Award 2007 (Judge: Margaret Atwood) Pita for Two. Short-listed for the Walrus Literary Award 2006 (Judge: Margaret Atwood) The End of Jewish Jerusalem. Short-listed for the Ha'aretz short-fiction award 2006 I Put Him on the Bottle. Finalist Travel and Transitions Contest (Humor) 2006 Tied Up in Noughts. "Still Life With Father" short-listed for the Best New Writing Eric Hoffer Award (2009)

Latest Books

No Entry

No Entry

In No Entry, Canadian teenager, Yael Amar, 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.

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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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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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