Perhaps it’s our fast-paced world, or the way modern technology encourages communicating in brief, but there’s a revival in short fiction. Many of us enjoy writing shorts as additional creative outlets, though now, we’re also using them as entrees to help sell our novels or as support for an existing series. With that in mind, we’re hosting a panel next week to help define what takes a short submission from slush to stand-out.
Philip Cioffari teaches creative writing at William Paterson University. He has published a novel and a short-story collection and is also an award-winning film writer and director. A former reporter for The Los Angeles Times, Jack Getze has authored two mystery novels and edits Spinetingler, an online short fiction magazine.
Our chapter experts will include member Anita Page who’s published numerous short stories, in print and online, most recently in the MWA anthology The Prosecution Rests, edited by Linda Fairstein, and the current holiday anthology The Gift of Murder. Chapter member Terrie Farley Moran will appear in next year’s MWA anthology, edited by Charlaine Harris, and her story “Bright Star” was recognized in Otto Penzler’s Best American Mystery Stories of 2009. She will also be editing our chapter’s upcoming 2010 anthology. Moderating this terrific panel will be our longtime officer and board member, herself a short story and novel author, Peggy Ehrhart.
More details about location and scheduling at the Chapter Meetings page.