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Short Storyathon

April 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

$45 – $65
Short Story-A-Thon ABQ April

The idea? Go from idea creation (on Friday night) all the way to your published short story on Amazon by Sunday! Sound crazy? It kind of is, but it works!

Friday night 6pm – 9pm

Bring your walking shoes! And be ready for any weather. We’ll start out at FatPipe ABQ, a coworking space. It’s also a historic library – a perfect location to start our writing journey.

We’ll discuss how to write a short story, finding your creativity, publishing, and how to find ideas for your story (if you don’t have one already). Then, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown to collect those ideas.

Saturday – 8am – 6pm

For Saturday, we’ll start with some writing sprints to get us going. and we’ll also:

  • Take a quick break while we talk about book covers and consider hiring a book cover artist (they run around $60). Then keep writing all morning.
  • After lunch (lunch is on your own, but we have plenty of places nearby) we’ll sit down and review each other’s work, so we can get ideas on what needs to be improved.
  • Back to writing.

In the evening, your stories will be sent to our professional editors. They will edit the first three pages of stories you started that weekend (this is so everyone gets some professional editing on their story). Also, this is paid as part of your purchase.

Sunday – start at 11am – 5pm

We’ll sleep in a little after all that work. Then it’s back to work and we’ll start with going through the edits our professional editors gave us, and spend the morning polishing our stories.

Around 2pm we’ll begin the process of pubishing to Amazon – uploading an image, formatting our story, adding our copyright information, and more!

Then, we’ll celebrate with cake!

Limited spaces:

I’m limiting this event to only 25 attendees, so you probably want to buy your ticket now, and before the early bird prices go up.

Win some Goodies!

  • The 5-Minute Author Plotfinder Package!

To celebrate the launch of our new audiobook and accompanying box (to help you write your novel), We’ll be giving a box and audiobook away to one lucky attendee ($60 value)!

  • Win a story cover!

Everyone who brings a cash ($5 or more) and/or book donation for Albuquerque Reads will receive a chance to win a free story cover design ($60 value) by Leslie Reilly. Leslie Reilly is the designer behind all of Sonja Dewing’s book covers!

The Facilitators:

Sonja Dewing is a published author and award-winning creative writer. She has an adventure novel, Toy of the Gods, published by Creativia (available on Amazon), and a couple of self-published short stories on Amazon.

Elisabeth Loya is a published author and member of Querque Quills.

Ready? Buy your tickets and let’s get writing!


“I participated in Oct 2018 short story-a-thon! It was an awesome supportive experience that got me through the story and the publishing process in a weekend!! I will be doing this again. Thank you!!” -Winter Flack

“I enjoyed to challenge of creating with a deadline in mind and I deeply appreciated the generous and supportive environment created by the instructor and participants alike.” -Elisabeth Loya

“I participated in Oct 2018 short story-a-thon! It was an awesome supportive experience that got me through the story and the publishing process in a weekend!! I will be doing this again. Thank you!!” -Winter Flack

“I arrived on Saturday morning not knowing which idea I was going to choose to develop. The first sprint got me launched. I picked an idea from the walking tour on Friday evening and just went with it. Within five minutes I had an interesting beginning and that developed into a story remarkably quickly. Having the freedom to take breaks, to work at my own pace, to participate in the sprints or not, in the company of other supportive writers, made all the difference. I had never used a professional copy editor before. Grace was fantastic. She caught mistakes I didn’t see. Her feedback was essential to making me feel that I had a product worth publishing.” – Lynn Worrell


April 27, 2019
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
$45 – $65
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FatPipe ABQ
200 Broadway Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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