Excerpt from – Husbands May Come and Go But Friends are Forever by Judith Marshall

Performed by Michelle Alexander

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Get to know the author:

What is your novel about?

The story takes place in Northern California in the spring of 2000, when the dot-com boom was at its peak. Elizabeth Reilly-Hayden is a successful executive in her late fifties and a divorced mother of two. Emotionally armored and living alone, she wants only to maintain the status quo: her long-term significant other, her job, and her trusted friends – five feisty women whose high school friendship has carried them through multiple marriages, dramatic divorces, and maddening menopause. Yet in a matter of days, the three anchors that have kept her moored are ripped away.

The group of lifelong pals gathers at Lake Tahoe to attend to the funeral arrangements of their beloved friend, and tries to unravel the mystery of her death. Through their shared tragedy, Liz learns how disappointment and grief can bloom into healing and hope.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Women’s fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Humorous and sad

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

An Affair to Remember (the original)

How long have you been working on this story?

12 years (it was published in 2009 and was optioned for the big screen in 2010)

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

“The Other Side of Midnight” by Sidney Sheldon

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write about how enduring friendships expand our compassion and lend meaning to our lives.

What artist would you love to have dinner with? v

Dorothy Parker – would love to sit with her at the Algonquin Roundtable.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theater and movies

What influenced you to enter your novel to get performed?

I love my eccentric characters and wanted to hear them speak.

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

Keep learning your craft. Attend every workshop, lecture or conference you can and keep writing, even if you think it’s crap!

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

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Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: GOD’S CREATURES by Lionel Walfish

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

GOD’S CREATURES  by Lionel Walfish 

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

“All creatures, great and small”

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Non-fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

True life

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train

How long have you been working on this story?

Three hours

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Thomas Wolfe’s ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’

What motivated you to write this story?

All my neighbors would watch out for this woman. We haven’t seen her in almost a year now. We hope that she is in good hands.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Rembrandt.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Classical music, theatre, and the dance.

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

I love good flash fiction, and enjoy contests.

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

Always carry paper and pen.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: The Grave Diggers by Joseph Tsujimoto

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

The Grave Diggers  by Joseph Tsujimoto

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

HAWAII GHOSTS

What genres would you say this short story is in?

SUPERNATURAL

How would you describe this story in two words?

SCARY TALE

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

SUSPENSE

How long have you been working on this story?

1 WEEK

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I HAVE SEVERAL, ex., Blood Meridian

What motivated you to write this story?

CHINESE GRAVEYARD IN MANOA VALLEY

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Whoever might be interested in having dinner with me.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Teaching

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

The idea of 1 page

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

None

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

The Nightmare at Golden Acres – Short Story by Cindy Crawford Garrett

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Val Cole

The Nightmare at Golden Acres by by Cindy Crawford Garrett

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Rape victims of any age, can even happen at our elderly care facilities.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Drama

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Upsetting

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Pretty Woman

5. How long have you been working on this story?

1 week

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Visiting a nursing facility and being made aware these very disturbing situations happen.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Norman Rockwell

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Family, history, music, gardening, agriculture

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

Recognition for this topic on our elderly.

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

Write on what you our passionate about. Write, edit, write more and reread after a little time passes.

Heavy Sexting Short Story by Amy Arrow

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Heavy Sexting by Amy Arrow

Short Story performed by Marsha Mason

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Heavy Sexting explores the art of flirting in a digital world, generation to generation, the physical and the visual, touch vs. text.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Humor

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Questioning Connecting

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Wizard of Oz

5. How long have you been working on this story?

Wrote it in an afternoon, after the amusing title popped into my head.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

7. What motivated you to write this story?

.Concept came from trying to understand dating in a digital world, after divorce, over the last 5 years. And particularly the idea of text buddies or boyfriends who cannot or will not connect on the physical plane.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Yoko Ono

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Singing/Acting/Dancing, Filmmaking, Listening/Helping

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

A friend suggested it as I enjoy writing and I have not had an outlet for many years.

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

Trust what appears spontaneously, it’s what speaks to you, record the concepts, to remember them, then craft the elegant sentences; read, reread, restrict.

Short Story Reading – Night Swimming by Joanell Serra

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading.

Story performed by actor Julian Ford

Night Swimming  by Joanell Serra

Get to know the winning writer Joanell Serra:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Night Swimming is about a young woman who is evolving from the wild, often troubled person she has been, to someone less self absorbed and more stable. At this moment, her father appears fresh out of jail, and convinces her to go on a little “job” with him. Despite her new found desire to stay out of legal trouble, she can’t resist her father’s appeal.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

This is a literary fiction story, with a little action and adventure in the mix.

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Plunging in.

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Sound of Music. Not my favorite, but definitely the most.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

I started this story three years ago, in a writing group. I was lucky to get feedback on it from the editor at ZZZYVA , at the Squaw Community of Writers Workshop last summer. I have continued to hone it since.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I used to say no, but since I read Cutting for Stone, that is the clear answer for me. Nothing else has touched it.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I have been working on a novella about the Donahues for some time, this story being an early one. Billy Donahue showed up in my mind one day, and as I developed the character, I wondered what he would do the first day he got out of jail. Steal his things back, came to me. It made sense to me that he would involve his daughter, without thinking about the consequences.

Living in Sonoma now, I love the interesting layers of community here, across cultures and socioeconomic divides. Coming out of my own interesting Irish family, the theme of trying to escape our family “traditions” has always intrigued me.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

This week, I would say Ayad Akhtar. I just saw the play Invisible Hand at Marin Theater Company, and it was incredibly well written. I would love to meet this writer and talk play writing.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Serving under resourced youth, travel, immigration rights, my family, a good cup of tea, a great novel, dogs, my friends, education, theater. . . I have a pretty long list of passions.

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

I entered once, and while I didn’t win that time, I received quite helpful feedback from the process. I live for good feedback. I should have put that in my passions list! I am thrilled to have this one chosen. As the mother of an actor, I like seeing the intermixing of story, actors, screenplays etc. Creativity doesn’t fit in a box – this is the way to go.

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

Keep writing. Go to real conferences – craft ones – not the ones that tell you how impossible it is to get published. Find mentors and appreciate them. Be supportive to every writer you meet but ignore their advice if it doesn’t fit. Don’t accept limitations on your genre. Again, keep writing.

Short Story Reading: STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPISTONE by Dermott Hayes

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading.

Story performed by actor Julian Ford

STARMAN – LIFE ON TRAPPISTONE  by Dermott Hayes

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your Short Story about?

Suppose a person from another planet discovered they were from Earth, that their planet was colonized by aliens? And discovering this, how would it reflect on the world in which they lived? Does history repeat itself and are we always destined to repeat our mistakes

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Science fiction, mystery, a moral tale

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Begin Again

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

High Noon

5. How long have you been working on this story?

1 day, for this story and 10 weeks, since, 9 new episodes.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck

7. What motivated you to write this story?

I read a news story about three planets, 20 light years away, orbiting a dwarf star, discovered by astronomers working in a deep space observatory in Chile. I was listening to David Bowie while I read it. That same day I responded to a WP blog prompt, called Writers’ Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. The verbal prompt for that week was ‘obsession’ and I chose David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ as my ‘writer’s quote’.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

James Lee Burke

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Cinema

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

It came up in a Film Freeway email notice on the same day I finished writing it. I thought it was serendipitous.

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

Write short and true, so readers can walk with you, in the same world.

If anyone wants to read the ensuing eight episodes – the last one has yet to be written – they’ll find it on https://dermotthayes.com/