Short Stories by Barry Brennessel

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Readings.

7 Stories by Barry Brennessel. Performed by Kaleb Alexander, Erynn Brook, Val Cole.

Watch the 7 Stories: 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

All seven stories (EGG BOY, HIDOI, HIBAKUSHA, IN UNISON, OLD SOUL, SACRIFICE, SNOW MONSTERS) are snapshots of people struggling at various points in Japanese history.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama. These are people fighting with emotional, financial, personal, and physical stress.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Life’s challenging.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I would have to say the record goes to “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

How long have you been working on this story?

Each of the seven stories took about 3 weeks to write and polish.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Death in Venice

What motivated you to write this story?

I like to write about places and periods of time that aren’t widely explored.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Meryl Streep.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, film & TV, travel, wine, and gardening.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I can’t resist a challenge.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It’s often said, but so true: Read, read, read; write, write, write; turn off the inner critic when writing, but turn it on when editing.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

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