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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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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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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 NIS...
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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 will...
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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 is...
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Dear Gila...

Dear Gila:  This course has been superior so far. I can't thank you enough for your keen attention to detail and piercing critiques. A great learning experience! Also, thanks for your summary, How Not to Write flash. I see it covers most of the mistakes I've been making--so an invaluable guide. A great course, and I appreciate that you made it available to me over email. You're the best, Gila--may you thrive in your writing, editing, and teaching. B est wishes, Tom Allan

Second set of fall classes begin November 16, 2015

Flash Fiction  (8 weeks) Create Memorable Writing with Literary Devices  (6 weeks) Create Memorable Writing with Literary Devices II  (6 weeks) Publish Your Short Story  (4 weeks)

Class Participants Write......Dear Gila

Hi, Gila! Hope you are well. Just wanted you to know about a flash market that’s very writer-friendly, a good place to land for some of your flash students who are looking for their first publishing credit (or have a good piece that doesn’t seem to fit with other markets):  Every Day Fiction .  I just had a piece published there ( http://www.everydayfiction. com/campaign-button-by-joyce- barton/ ), and here was my experience: -Their response time was reasonable (90 days is their max; I heard from them in 88) -All 6 of their editors gave me comments/feedback on my story. -I was given the opportunity to make changes based on the feedback before publication, if I wished to do so (had a nice back-and-forth with one of the editors and added a sentence as a result) -Readers can comment and rate your story (1 to 5 stars), and the writer has the opportunity...
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It's not too early to think about fall classes

Fall Classes Begin October 5 and registration is open: FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP  by Gila Green HOW TO PUBLISH A SHORT STORY WORKSHOP  by Gila Green CREATE MEMORABLE WRITING WITH LITERARY DEVICES  by Gila Green CREATE MEMORABLE WRITING WITH LITERARY DEVICES II  by Gila Green Need a little more time to catch your breath from summer? For the first time I'm offering two sets of fall classes. No need to wait for winter, but you can still pause a little longer than usual this year: November 16, 2015 registration is open  CREATE MEMORABLE WRITING WITH LITERARY DEVICES  by Gila Green CREATE MEMORABLE WRITING WITH LITERARY DEVICES II  by Gila Green HOW TO PUBLISH A SHORT STORY WORKSHOP  by Gila Green FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP  by Gila Green

Shshsh. I’m a Writer.

The summer writing season has begun. If you would like a post on any particular topic, please send me your request. I'd be happy to consider it.  Summer post by Gila Green I have a confession. When I fill out forms in my kids’ schools or any other official forms —for some reason only schools seem to come to mind, but that’s another post—I always write ‘housewife’ under mother’s occupation and I instruct my husband to do the same. He always nudges me in the ribs with the same expression on his face, his jaw slightly lowered, his eyes at a half roll. “Because” I hiss at his unasked question. “How many times do I have to tell you?” This is normally enough for him to shrug his shoulders and follow my instructions.  Would that all marital conflicts resolve themselves so easily. So, why don’t I put in writer or even...
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Letters

Dear Gila, BH my book will be delivered to me this week in print.   This is the link.  http://www.mazoproducts.com/ cat/index.php?main_page= product_info&products_id=276 It was wonderful working together and I greatly appreciate all the help and advice you provided me with, even after the editing was completed. Good luck with all of your future pursuits, Love Chana. Dear Gila, Here's the link to my short fiction piece - Silent Partners. The WOW! quarterly contests are a great way to get motivated and test your skills. I appreciate your interest so please feel free to share it with your Flash class. I would be grateful for any feedback/critique you or your class would like to offer!  http://www.wow-womenonwriting. com/63-FE1-Fall14Contest.html Thanks, Andrea 

Spring classes begin April 15, 2015

There is still time to sign up !

Spring Classes start April 15, 2015

There is still time to sign up!

Congratulations to ...

Carol Ungar on the upcoming publication of her cookbook Jewish Soul Food: Traditional Fare and What it Means.  Dear Gila, I couldn't have done it without you! Carol Ungar It was fun editing a cookbook for the first time, if not a little fattening, but it improved my cooking skills and it's always a pleasure to work with Carol. Mazal tov! I look forward to part two. And to Pia Wolcowitz on the release of her novel The Nurse . Thank you for everything, Pia  It was a pleasure to edit this novel and I wish Pia much success! I look forward to her next jump into adult women's fiction. Chana Bunim Rubin Ausubel whose memoir As Long as the Candle Burns is coming out this spring with Mazo Publishers. Thank you for choosing me as your editor, Chana. Your work is an important part of American Jewish history.  Dear Gila...
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Flash into the Middle of Things or In Media Res

Flash into the Middle of Things by Gila Green Why do writers use in media res (Latin for “into the middle of things”)?  There is nothing new about this narrative technique, which we find in everything from Homer’s Odyssey to films, poetry and plays. In media res is neither a frame nor a story within a story nor a self-contained story. In media res allows the audience to jump into a story right in the middle of the action. If done well, the audience is quickly consumed by the narrative, even though many questions are unanswered. For example, if a story begins with a murder we do not know the victim, the motive, whose side we are on, but our curiosity is immediately addressed. In Flash fiction in media res can be particularly useful because of the very short word count allowed. Yet, I find many writers find it difficult to...
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Does Your Story Have a Case of Runaway Pace? By Gila Green

Have you ever seen any of these comments in the margins of your work? ·                      Slow down ·                      Uneven ·                      Lacks climax ·                      Flat If you answered “yes,” you should immediately browse through your writer’s toolbox of literary devices for pacing solutions—specifically how to slow the pace down. One device many writers threw out of their toolboxes long ago was indirect writing.  Most of us were told by everyone from our high school English teachers to published writers in creative writing programs that direct writing is good writing and indirect writing is bad writing. That’s often true. But completely eliminating indirect writing is also a surefire way for many writers to ruin the pace of their work. They write each line so directly that the story is over before it begins; there is never any time to savor the scene, in particular the climax or mini climaxes;...
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Congratulations to Joyce Barton

Hi, Gila!  Just wanted to let you know that my first flash piece,  Bar Rag , was published by  The Legendary  (an online literary journal).  Less than a year after taking your course, not bad. ;) Go here & click on 'Joyce Barton' link:   http://www. downdirtyword.com/fictionpage. html (Or you can access it from the bio page:  http://www. downdirtyword.com/authors/ joycebarton.html  ) Just wanted to say thanks again; your class helped me get started with flash, and now I'm on my way. Hope you are well, and Happy New Year! ~Joyce

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