New Fiction by Leonard Nash

” … That week, Vic and Fran’s younger son Chuck knocked on my door. He stood there, unshaven, barefoot, in surfer shorts and a vented Joe Marlin fishing shirt. Add a thrift store guitar and he’d look like a low-rent Jimmy Buffett. He offered me a square box wrapped in tan postal paper. ….”  (Full Text Link)

From “Condo People,” available in the print edition of the January 2014 issue of Fort Lauderdale Magazine (on Broward County newsstands now).

Fort Lauderdale Magazine January 2014

 

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New Smyrna Beach Book Festival; October 4-6, 2013

I’ll be reading from my 2007 short story collection, You Can’t Get There from Here and Other Stories (which received a Florida Book Award Silver Medal), on Saturday October 5th, at 5:30.  See the full schedule of events.

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Florida International University (FIU) Fall 2013 Alumni Reading

The September 8, 2013 event at Books and Books in Coral Gables, FL (moderated by Assistant Professor Julie Wade) included readings by FIU MFA recipients Joe Clifford, Barbara Lisette, Melanie Neale, Sarah E. Pearsall, and Parker Phillips.

Professor Les Standiford (Director of the FIU MFA Creative Writing Program) then offered a thoughtful remembrance of the late Elaine Winer, who received her MFA from FIU in 2001. Standiford’s remarks also included a message submitted by poet Nina Romano, also an FIU alumna.

I concluded the event with my own remembrance of Elaine Winer, my friend and longtime editing client. I also read her prose poem, “A Lifetime of Pets,” and several selections from her novel The Seagull’s Wife (2013, Midtown Publishing).

Please enjoy the HD Livestream at FIU Fall Alumni Reading.

 

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Updated Poets & Writers Directory Listing

Leonard Nash: Updated Poets & Writers Directory Listing

 

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Ploughshares — Emerging Writer’s Contest

The 2013 Emerging Writer’s Contest is open to writers of fictionnonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded $1,000. … 

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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

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Later on, when I wanted to write Fahrenheit 451, I went up to UCLA and found a basement typing room where, if you inserted ten cents into the typewriter, you could buy thirty minutes of typing time. — Ray Bradbury

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“Show Me a Story”

By Leonard Nash

(My March 2013 contribution to the From the Masters series on Bridle Path Press)

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
– Michelangelo

You’ve written a short story, reread it once or twice, trimmed some words here and there, run a spellcheck, and you’re feeling confident. So you share this new masterpiece with your writing workshop, and a week later, the participants tear it apart. Or maybe your story is rejected by one literary magazine after another. There are no magic answers, but allow me to offer a few suggestions, by no means a complete list, and in no particular order. Much of it might sound familiar. That’s OK. Sometimes we need reminding.

1: When I approach a short story (or a novel), I want the author to grab me by the lapels, pull me in close, get in my face, and tell me (better yet, show me) a story. As early as the first word, suggest urgency, trouble, momentum, movement, conflict, fragility—some threat to the status quo. Suggest that something is out of kilter.

Here’s the first line of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: “Tom!”

One word, and already that boy’s in trouble.

2: By your thirtieth birthday, you’ve lived some 10,950 days, plus a handful of “leap days.” How many do you remember? Explore the days in your central character’s life that changed everything, or at least, something. If your character won’t remember this day, why will we remember your story?

3:  Begin your short story in media res, or “in the middle of things.” Start as close to the end as possible. … Continued on Bridle Path Press

 

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Traditional Books are Here to Stay (via the Wall Street Journal)

The e-book had its moment, but sales are slowing. Readers still want to turn those crisp, bound pages (link to full text)

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Advice for aspiring (and procrastinating) writers

Twenty-five no-nonsense admonishments for aspiring (and procrastinating) writers (from TerribleMinds.com).

Thanks to Kitsune Books for Tweeting this earlier today.

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Rosemary Beach Foundation Conference for Writers

Join us in beautiful Rosemary Beach, Florida; May 9-11, 2012

Along with myself, this year’s authors include Lynne Barrett, John Cottle, Rick Campbell, Miles DeMott, John Dufresne, and Laura Lee Smith

 

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy, productive 2012.

(Rosemary Beach, FL; Leonard Nash © 2011)

 

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You Can’t Get There from Here and Other Stories

Recipient of the 2007 Florida Book Award Silver Medal for General Fiction

Trade Paperback

Kindle Edition

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Writing & Editing Consulting Services

Now accepting new clients for February 2012.

 

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NASA Launch Tweetup for GRAIL Moon Mission

I’ll be participating in my first NASA Tweetup, September 7-8th at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.


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Creative Writing Conferences

I am available to read and lecture at writing conferences and other literary events.  I offer workshops in literary fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and prose poetry. Reasonable fees and flexible scheduling. I am often available to travel on short notice. References available.

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Rosemary Beach, Florida: September 21-24, 2011

(Town Hall; Rosemary Beach, Florida)

Rosemary Beach Foundation Conference for Writers; Fall 2011

I’ll be there, along with featured authors: John Dufresne, Lynne Barrett, John Cottle, Miles DeMott , MichaelHettich, Michael Lister, Anne Petty, Nina Romano, and Laura Lee Smith.

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Creative Writing Institute in Melbourne, Florida; May 22-26, 2011

PDF Flier

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You Can’t Get There from Here and Other Stories

Recipient of the 2007 Florida Book Award Silver Medal for General Fiction: Paperback; Kindle

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Follow Leonard Nash on Twitter

Follow @LeonardNash on Twitter for my ramblings about writing, editing, left-of-center politics, upcoming author events, book reviews, job postings for writers and English teachers, real estate stuff (I’m also a Realtor in Hollywood, FL), and whatever else I feel like putting out there.

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Florida Writer’s Institute (May 22-May 26, 2011)

I’ll be teaching “Writing the Short Story” at the Florida Writer’s Institute (May 22-May 26, 2011) at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

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