Overview: You think writing a full-length novel in 80,000 words sounds hard? Try writing a sellable, successful short story in 3,000 words. No matter the word length a story needs a beginning, middle and end.
Audience: All Ages
1) Why short stories are a viable path for getting published.
2) Compare dialogue, number of characters, number of plots lines.
3) Write and rewrite who, what, where and when in the action, main conflict or inciting incident. What to omit
4) Experiment with point of view and voice. Explain differences. Give examples.
5) Tense: past or present. Different “feel.” Give examples.
6) Elements not to put in a short story.
7) How to maximize power word choices.
8) Protagonist as his or her own worst enemy.
9) Story ending leads to closure, or not.
· Costs: Travel expenses plus. Depends on group and event. All negotiable. Opportunity to sell my best-selling, award-winning book Face Forward, Move Forward and companion journals. I am willing to sell books and journals in advance for wholesale cost based on numbers sold in advance of event.
Arlene Gale, Author and Public Speakers
Arlene Gale has more than 25 years of writing and speaking experience. Her non-fiction book Face Forward, Move Forward became an amazon.com “#1 Best New Release” and stayed on its “#1 Best Seller” list in four categories. Face Forward, Move Forward earned the “USA Best Books Finalist Award” and the international “Stargazer Literary Press Silver Medal Award.” Face Forward, Move Forward now has six companion journals on the themes of: Do Not Be Afraid, Peace, Inspiration, Hope, Love, and a Youth Journal.
Arlene wrote and published numerous award-winning short stories and professional articles for a variety of markets and media including trade magazine articles; human-interest, inspirational, and sports magazines; as well as education and marketing programs for businesses and non-profits. She has written professional speeches, education programs, and commercials for radio and television.
She advises both non-fiction and fiction writers on writing and publishing issues. She has written and presented public education and information programs for city councils, community interest groups, scouting, education, and other professional groups. Arlene is a mentor volunteering her time at SCORE, part of the Small Business Administration, to help startup and new businesses in a variety of writing topics.
Arlene is a strong advocate of STEM/STEAM programs in education. She is the coach of a nationally and internationally competitive, award-winning coach and mentor of robotics teams and programs for students in 6th grade through high school. Arlene is proud of her work in teaching people of all ages how to create and deliver public speaking programs.
Arlene earned a Marketing/Public Relations (with a minor in radio/TV/Film) degree from Texas Christian University and a Masters in Marketing (with concentrated studies in Urban Afraid and Social Work) from the University of Texas at Arlington. She lives in North Texas with her husband and sons.