Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Think Outside the Book: How Writing Short Stories Can Get You Noticed

Sorry for this shameless plug, but I thought I'd let local writers know what I'm up to in case they want to come hear me talk.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, March 14) I'm giving a presentation on "Think Outside the Book: How Writing Short Stories Can Get You Noticed" to Sisters in Crime, St. Louis

Don't let the name Sisters in Crime fool you. The members aren't actually criminals (although I'm not so sure about one of them, but I won't say who). The members are local mystery writers. 

I've been working on my talk for a few days. Okay, I've been working on it much longer than that.

Some points I plan to cover are:
What is a short story?
How are short stories diffrent from novels?
Who are some famous short story writers?
How can short stories get noticed?
Where can writers find markets for their short stories?
Where can I find out about short story contests?
What do judges look for in winning stories?

Because the group is mystery writers, I plan to read a piece of flash fiction I recently wrote, which some in my critique group have called "creepy."

Time permitting, I'm going to lead an exercise on short story writing.

If you are a local writer and have some extra time tomorrow night, here are details:

The March 14 meeting begins at 7:00 and wraps up around 8:30 p.m. at the Creve Coeur Police/Community Center, 300 N. New Ballas Rd., Creve Coeur, MO  63141.

The building is on the east side of Ballas Rd, south of Olive & north of Ladue Rd. Parking is available in the rear of the building and entrance is through the back door.  

Non memberSinC members are free; non-StL SinC members may attend one meeting for free. If it's your second meeting as a non-member it's $5.00 at the door.


  1. Wish I could come, but it's too far from North Carolina! I wish you great success!

  2. Donna, I had SO planned to attend this, forgot exactly when it was, and made other plans for the same night. Sounds like me, doesn't it?? Have fun and I know you'll be great.

  3. Sounds interesting! Hope to read more about your talking points on the blog. Have fun!

  4. It would be a CRIME to miss this opportunity to hear you read. I might be able to make it,

  5. Hi Sheila,
    Thanks for you kind wishes. Wish you could make it too.

    Hi Becky,
    I do the same thing. Thanks!

    Hi Valerie,
    Thanks. I'll incorporate my talking points into a future blog.

    Hi Sioux,
    It would be great if you could make. I just hope I don't sound goofy.


  6. Plug away! Too bad I don't live closer. Sounds like a good agenda. Cheering you on! :)

  7. Hi Karen,
    Thanks! Wish you lived closer too.

  8. Wish I could be there. I know you'll do a wonderful job, Donna!

    Critter Alley

  9. I'm not very good at short stories. Wish I lived nearby so I could come and listen.

  10. Hi Pat and Janet,
    Thanks. It was fun!


  11. Once again, I'm late in reading blogs and missed this - wah. I heard it was marvelous, but then had no doubt it would be... sorry I wasn't able to get there.


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