10 Stories, 10 Voices in Transition
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From five-year-old Dory seeking compassion from a cat, to the elderly woman hiding from growing old; from Isabel, the young mother forced to leave her child behind, to Cindy who lost her childhood in the migrant farm fields of California; from Rose, who spends her life fantasizing about one man from a chance encounter, to Lydia the accountant terrified of sixes; from Jesse, the woman desperate to undo a tragedy, to Cassie who lost a piece of herself that it took a lifetime to recover—these stories will make you laugh, will make you cry, will scare you, will make you sigh with relief.
Updated February 2012, Guidelines for Getting & Giving Feedback offers information on The Big C – Criticism. This ebook includes 10 Guidelines for Giving Feedback, 10 Guidelines for Getting Feedback, and 10 Tips for Moderating Critique Groups. Sample Writers’ Group Agreement and Writer’s Critique forms are also included.
10 Creative Writing Exercises
These are original, unique, and thought-provoking exercises written to both stimulate new ideas for your stories and to enrich the direction of your creativity. They are designed to build your ideas from inception and expand them into a scene. The exercises also work well in a group setting as a warm-up writing exercise or as a group writing exercise.
Ollie spent years on the street, an aging, homeless alcoholic, until someone helped him to recover his life and land a job—as a bus boy. Now he has one last chance to get reacquainted with his estranged daughter and the prayer of one last dream. If you were in the last season of your life and the only job you could get would be as a bus boy, what would your last dream be?
“The Bus Boy” is a short story of 8400 words, written for those struggling to find hope in world of disillusionment.
“I wrote ‘The Bus Boy’ during my recovery from breast cancer and while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The story comes from traveling across country and seeing an older, white-haired man serving as a bus boy in a restaurant. I couldn’t help but wonder what his dreams were for the rest of his life and how he got to that point.” Readers of “The Bus Boy” have related to the story and it has given them hope, I hope you will also find hope from the story…
In the heat of the Vietnam War, two American soldiers, morally polar opposites, find themselves struggling to get back to the landing zone. One injured during battle, the other determined to be the hero his father wanted him to be, fights against time to carry the wounded man out. Both learn what it means to be “the hero.” This short story is 4200 words.
VIDEO: VIEW FOR FREE 37-minute film set in Afghanistan. Produced by Kevin Sizemore; stars Kevin Sizemore, Anthony Griffith, Roy Cummins; directed by Shawn Fornari; written by Nancy Ellen Dodd. at http://www.spike.com/video-clips/j9hp28/the-hero.
An inspirational poem especially for writers
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After a particularly difficult rejection, this inspirational poem came to me while walking on the beach
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Starring Cliff Shiepe, Sophia Cash
Written by Nancy Ellen Dodd
Cinematography by Steven Fraasa
September 15, 2011
45 minutes on story mapping and the 7 stages
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