Short Story: Colored Ties by Oz Greek

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Julian Ford

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Colored ties is a story about a youngster and his crew who came from nothing and acquired lots of money.
Once they made money enough to invest in themselves, they bought other businesses to keep money coming in.

The story culminates with a high huge loss of money and a last minute scrounge to keep money coming in so the families can eat and not lose everything they worked so hard for.

The goal of the script is to teach people the value of money and the love of family.

People should know the heart break of losing what they cling to, the pleasure of a new start, and the victory of success at least once in life.

Whether or not people are able to kee

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
Genre – crime thriller

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

money matters

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

Pursuit of happiness

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

about 3 years

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

Ayn Rand – Atlas shrugged

7. What motivated you to write this story?

People say money and family do not matter, they are wrong.

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

Al Pacino

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

Taking care of my family and creating a life I can be proud of.

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

I want to inspire and entertain people.

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

Never give up on your dream, whatever it may be.

Never give up on your dream, whatever it may be.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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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/

Left on Lundy Short Story by James R Cavell

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Screenplay Reading. 

Story performed by actor Julian Ford

LEFT ON LUNDY by James R Cavell

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My story is a personal reflection of a long hidden memory that resurfaced after decades of reflection.

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

Autobiography-Memoir.

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

Mired life.

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

Unforgiven

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

This story emerged during a five year project of writing the novel.

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

“The Jungle,” by Upton Sinclair, Jr.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

During the writing of the book, “Left on Lundy,” this emerged as the reflections emerged.

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

Stephen King

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

I am a family man that is absorbed in improving the outlook of the world one word at a time through community service and nurturing my adult children to improve themselves by improving everything around them.

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

I have written and published novels as an author and ghostwriter, but the challenge of telling a meaningful story in just 400 words to a quest
I could not ignore.

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

No great verse was ever scribed by a still pen.