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White Zion excerpt in Sasson Magazine

 Thank you Sasson Magazine for posting "Roller Coaster," an excerpt from my novel in stories White Zion, forthcoming from Cervena Barva Press, April 2019.  Faith was too late getting down the stairs. By the time she made it into the living room it was over. She could only look from her son to her husband. Shock parachuted into the room li...
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Your Failure to Thrive Baby Doesn't Make You a Failure as a Mother

Today I was thrilled to be hosted on the Ottawa Mommy Club blog. Your Failure to Thrive Baby Doesn't make you a Failure as a Mother When most mothers think of challenging events in the first two years of an average child's life, they might think of vaccinations, fevers, tantrums, and night-waking. What about weighings? Believe it or not, for some m...
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The Biggest Mistake Working Mothers Make

My new article is out in the latest Wrapt.   On Balance: The Biggest Mistake Working Mothers Make Got hot nit gekent zayn umetum, hot er beshafn mames. "God couldn't be everywhere, so He created mothers." A Yiddish proverb I won't write about work-life balance or for many of us, work-life-work balance. It's not because I think you've read...
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Win a free copy of Passport Control 12/12

Warm up with a free copy of Passport Control. ​Thank you to Christi Craig who is hosting me this week on her blog. To add to the occasion I'm doing my first ever book giveaway courtesy of my publisher S&H Publishing.  

My flash fiction vlog is on The Muffin

themuffinbanner My vlog is on WOW-womenonwriting's The Muffin
I'm excited to share with you that my vlog: "What is the difference between non fiction flash & essay writing?" is on today's The Muffin on the WOW-women on writing site.  If you have a question about writing, contact me and I'll do my best to vlog the answer in one minute or less. I'd love to hear from you. 

Read New Flash Fiction: Cutty Sark

cutty-sark-gila-green Image courtesy of City of Ottawa Archives
  My newest flash fiction piece is out on Writer's Bone.  Britannia is a hilly area with duplexes and triplexes on tree-lined streets. The Dillain's new convenience store is on the corner at the bottom of the hill. It has a picturesque frontal view of the large, local park and the Ottawa River, the chief tributary of the Saint Lawrence Ri...
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Ten Things I learned from Publishing King of the Class

I wrote this post back in 2013 and it's fascinating for me to read now. The landscape has changed so much in five years that I felt compelled to repost. Yet, much of it remains spot on #2, #4, #8 #9 and did I mention #4? It also serves as a prompt for me to write a "Ten Things I learned from Publishing Passport Control" post at the end of this year...
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Jerusalem Writers Event

Do you have burning questions about the publication process and how to publicize your book once it's "out there"? We've paired a Canadian-Israeli novelist and short-story writer together with a German-American essayist and memoirist to share the fruits of their hard-won knowledge with you. Sign up and submit your question in advance so you can get ...
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Flash Fiction: The Art of Short

Come as you are, with a fifth version of a piece you've been working on since your high school graduation or as a writer who has never heard of flash until you saw this advertisement and rushed to sign up. In the first part of this masterclass, we'll define flash fiction and take you all the way from idea to premise to micro flash, threading imager...
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An Interview with Mark J. Mirsky

I'm thrilled to have one of the most influential editors on my work here today on my blog. I met Mark as a student at Bar Ilan University fourteen years ago and I've been lucky enough to continue to learn from him. He is a constant support.  Mark Jay Mirsky is professor of English at the City College of New York, a former director of its ...
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Happy Hanukkah

 To all of my family, friends, and colleagues Happy Holidays!

Watch: Can your story take place anytime?

​Jerusalem's Old City is the ideal place to vlog about setting

My story in Arizona Jewish Life

 The tribalism that reigned in Beit Shemesh for a decade is over Female mayor's election curtails runaway extremism in Beit Shemesh | Arizona Jewish Life Enter some description here...

Review from Pinar Tarhan

I recommend this emotional page-turner by Pinar Tarhan, Addicted to Writing Thank you, Pinar, for the review on your excellent blog Addicted to Writing. I look forward to our upcoming interview.  I'll try to keep the plot summary short and sweet as to avoid spoilers. There are several twists, and they are pretty jaw-dropping. Plot Summary Due ...
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Want to get Published? Try Flash Fiction

When I tell people I teach a virtual flash fiction course, I sometimes get strange responses, even laughter. Isn't flash fiction just really short fiction? What's the point of taking a specific flash class? No, flash is its own genre deserving of its own class, and it's still underrated as a way to break into publication. I say "still" because I ta...
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My Ironic Story

fiction-magazine Gila Green's post in today's Fiction Magazine
Are Arabic-speaking Christian writers ever advised to make their heroines Hebrew-speaking Jews? Gila Green  Gila Green sent me a very talented novel "Passport Control," that raised some of the most painful and yet important questions about contemporary Israel and how its political riddles touched the lives both of Israelis, Palestinians. What ...
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Writing for Adults? Four reasons to take a children's workshop

Writing for Adults? Four reasons to take a children's workshop
​A big thank you to fellow Canadian scribe Kathy Steinemann for hosting this guest post on her site today.  When my youngest child was finally old enough for me to leave her without feeling guilt-ridden, I decided to attend a writing seminar in Montreal—an ocean way from my home. You know, those seminars you're always reading about and thinkin...
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High speed guest posting ahead

I'll Bet You Think This Story's about You: When People Keep Finding Themselves in Your Fiction It was an honor today to be hosted on The Millions site. In today's post you can read a conversation with my mother.

Three Quick Tips to Improve your Flash

Three Quick Tips to Improve your Flash
​Write great flash 

New Flash Piece Accepted "Cutty Sark"

New Flash Piece Accepted "Cutty Sark"
I'm thrilled to share with you that my latest flash piece, "Cutty Sark" has been accepted to the Writer's Bone. This piece is part of a larger manuscript titled Backroad.  

Are you sure the problem is show don't tell?

Swiss summer Slow the pace
​Thank you Kathryn Schleich for having me as a guest on your blog. 'Show don't tell' is common advice. It's been unpacked in dozens of blogs. Luckily, this won't be one of them. That's because it's repeated so often, it crowds out other important writing errors such as, pace. Pace is all about rhythm and speed in a story. Think: how much time has e...
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Should Writers Write Daily?

Work-photo Gila Green writing

Passport Control Recommended

I was thrilled this morning to find myself at the top of the Book Club Reader Recommended list on the Jewish Women's Archive site.  Thank you JWA!

What is the difference between an essay and nonfiction flash?

Today's question comes from Naomi in Beit Shemesh. Thanks for emailing me. Naomi asks, what is the difference between essay writing and writing a non-fiction flash piece?  

What if my nonfiction flash has some imaginative truth? Is it flash fiction?

What if my nonfiction flash has some imaginative truth? Is it flash fiction? Imaginative truth and non-fiction
Today's question is one of two questions from Naomi in Beit Shemesh. Thanks for writing. Please email me any additional questions and I'll try to answer them in a one-minute vlog. Naomi asks if her non-fiction piece has some imaginative truth, does that make her piece flash fiction? 

Can a Writing Partner Make you more productive?

​What do you need in a writing partner? 

Review Passport Control by Batya Medad

Passport Control by Gila Green is an amazing book with lots of plot twists and mystery. It tells the story of a Canadian Jew, Miriam Gil, who comes to Haifa University to study. She gets involved with many unexpected people and events. Passport Control is fiction, but to be honest, it's clear that everything Green writes about is a real possibility...
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What is creative non-fiction anyway?

The autumn issue of The Fiddlehead is out and I'm honored my piece "Winnipeg 1987" is part of it.  Thank you to editor, Alicia Elliott. I enjoyed your editorial so much, I repost it here. So many of you ask me for a definition of non-fiction, I recommend you read below.  Whatever We Need It To BePosted on November 12, 2018 Late last year ...
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Does your story need a Bad Guy?

Today's vlog answers the question: do I need a villain in my story? 

An Interview with Diana Bletter

 I'm always excited to share author Q&A articles with you. I'm thrilled to have another Israel-based writer joining me on my blog. I virtually met Diana after I published my first novel King of the Class and I've been following her blossoming publishing career ever since. I still hope to make it up North to meet Diana in person or to catch...
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