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I write novels, short stories, flash fiction, poetry, story collections, essays, and young adult fiction. My stories are about everyday people tackling immigration, racism, alienation, war, politics, romance, poverty, terrorism, and surviving.

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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Recent Blogs

07 January 2019
Writing Tips
He sighs and holds his glass up remembering things that happened years ago. I try to diminish myself in my chair, so he'll see his memories and share them instead of seeing me."I begged your father to run away to the kibbutz wi...
05 January 2019
News and Events
It was a pleasure to talk with Laura Parish, who hosts the fiction readers and writers blog, Novel Kicks. Thank you so much for having me. My first interview of 2019 and my first in the UK!Hi Gila, thank you for joining me toda...
04 January 2019
News and Events
I'm so pleased to share Rebecca Klempner's review of Passport Control with you. Reviewed by Rebecca KlempnerGila Green's recent novel, Passport Control, is not light entertainment. But it's perfect for those readers i...
02 January 2019
News and Events
Register Now: 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 th...
02 January 2019
News and Events
Thanks Joanna Penn for hosting me this month.  ...
31 December 2018
Writing Tips
​I can't sum up how I feel about libraries better than this. I already have a vlog on writers block. Here's another take.This is my prompt to remind me to write a longer piece on podcasts. For now, This American Life podcast is an...
30 December 2018
News and Events
 "What I draw from is not a photographic memory, but an emotional one." Thank you, Amy Tan. I reread that again and again. I must use this as a prompt to write about the truths in fiction. What is the purpos...

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Hi. I'm Gila Green. I've been writing and editing for the last two decades and on this site I want to share my updates and thoughts about writing in general and specifically in Israel, where I write as a Canadian ex-pat and mother of five children. Here you can find blog posts, videos about creativity, marketing, publishing, and interviews with other authors. I invite you to sign up for my newsletter, check out my YouTube channel and browse through my books. Then please share your thoughts with me via the contact form below. I look forward to the possibility of hearing from you soon.

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FLASH FICTION WORKSHOP

START DATE: Monday, January 7, 2019

END DATE: Sunday, February 3, 2019

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Everyone has time to read Flash fiction. That’s one of the reasons why it’s become such a popular genre. Distilling whole stories into narratives under 1,000 words. Why bother? We read fiction to build empathy, to explore new realities, to escape, to be entertained and since you can’t do any of that in such a short time, Flash has little value, right? Wrong.

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WRITING FICTION: SETTING AND DESCRIPTION

START DATE: Monday, January 7, 2019

START DATE: Sunday, February 3, 2019

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Great story has a memorable sense of place. In this four-week course you will discover why setting and description are the keys to making your story come alive for the reader. Writers will explore how to describe the worlds of their stories in concrete physical detail to create sensory, subjective environments. You will learn why setting must be authentic

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I love to help writers with their writing and my editing services cover novels, memoir, non-fiction, short stories, collections, essays, and serials.

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START DATE: Monday, January 7, 2019

START DATE: Sunday, February 3, 2019

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Great story has a memorable sense of place. In this four-week course you will discover why setting and description are the keys to making your story come alive for the reader. Writers will explore how to describe the worlds of their stories in concrete physical detail to create sensory, subjective environments. You will learn why setting must be authentic for the reader and why setting is so important for building author credibility. This course offers the opportunity to produce a short story or novel opening (up to 2,000 words).

Thank you for this class and for your very valuable feedback on the two drafts I sent you. Your class rekindled the fire that I felt was beginning to fizzle out in my writing. ~ Clare Hart

Thanks for a great class! I’m so glad I signed up—turns out that I still have a brain and you made me use it. :) I appreciate your advice as well as the thought-provoking lessons you provided . . . In that short amount of time I feel more confident going forward with my writing . . . I wish you the very best, and thank you again for sharing your knowledge! ~ Andrea H.

Gila Green’s class was my first online writing class. I was impressed with the quality of the material Gila provided and her weekly lessons were clear and easy to understand. She also provided enough flexibility in her lessons to tailor the class to the individual needs of her students. I always felt open to ask questions or linger over lessons and critiques that I felt I needed more time to comprehend and work through. I look forward to learning from her again. ~ Donna Kortes

Gila had a very straightforward way of explaining by giving examples in our own work, and pinpointing a subject for clarity. She was very encouraging and her critiques were always thoughtful and constructive. She pushed me to dig deeper and work harder and I believe it shows in my writing. If I am ever fortunate enough to make it in this business, I will definitely name Gila as one of the reasons for my success. ~ Barbara Florenza

WEEKS AT A GLANCE:

Week 1: Authentic Settings: Characters come from setting, not the other way around.

Your character is a product of where she lives and when. In week one we will read a variety of excerpts that reflect characters as products of their times.

Assignment: Read the three assigned short stories, respond to at least one discussion question, complete two brief writing exercises, submit one of the exercises to the instructor.

Week 2: Locate the Reader

From the macro to the micro setting, the writer must be the ultimate tour guide. This week we will examine your story on a micro level and continue to zoom out until we have a picture of the wider world of your story.

Assignment: Read the two assigned short stories, respond to at least one discussion question, complete at least one of the writing exercises, submit this story-in-progress to the instructor (700-word limit). Provide feedback on short participant assignments.

Week 3: Vivid Relevant Description

It doesn’t matter if you’ve really visited the world of your story or not, the reader must believe you’re the expert. The nighttime sounds are not the same in a big city as they are in the country. Different places have different weather patterns, diction, and local customs. Today we’ll focus on the sensory and explore the tasted, touched, smelled, heard and seen.

Assignment: Read the two assigned short stories, respond to at least one discussion question, complete the writing exercise. Provide feedback on short participant assignments.

Week 4: Credibility and Research

Different times, imaginary worlds, historical, futuristic, how does this affect your setting? Fictional settings take more work, but real settings mean you have to get your facts straight.

Assignment: Read the three assigned short stories, respond to at least one discussion question, complete two brief writing exercises, submit your final draft to the instructor of up to 2,000 words. Comment on participant drafts.

Materials needed:  All written materials in the form of lectures, ebooks, story links, etc. are provided by the instructor.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:  Canadian Gila Green is an Israeli-based writer and editor. She is the author of Passport Control (S&H Publishing), and a novel-in-stories, White Zion (Cervena Barva Press, April 2019). Her first novel is King of the Class. She is working on an eco-young adult series for release September 2019 with an independent eco press in Australia. Gila has published dozens of short stories in literary magazines. Please visit: www.gilagreenwrites.com

COST:  $150, which includes email support and feedback from your instructor, weekly assignments and critiques.

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