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COVID Safe & Virtual Short Storyathon August

August 28 @ 8:00 am - August 30 @ 5:00 pm

Our in person event will be limited to 5 participants! If you want in sign up soon. Attendees must self-monitor their health and only attend if they feel well and must wear masks while inside FatPipe ABQ.

We also have a virtual event available! Full details will be released to the virtual attendees, but make sure you clear your calendar for the full weekend!

Brought to you by Plot Duckies.

The basics:

Friday night 6pm – 9pm

Bring your walking shoes! And be ready for any weather. We’ll start out at FatPipe ABQ, a coworking space. We’ll discuss how to write a short story 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 – 8pm

We’ll start with some writing sprints to get us going. Then take a quick break while we talk about book covers and consider hiring a book cover artist (they run $60 to $250). 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. Then, it’s back to writing.

In the evening, your stories will be sent to our professional editors. They will edit the first three or four 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. We’ll polish our stories in the morning. Then, I’ll go over how to set up your story on Amazon.

Then, we’ll celebrate with cake! (Or virtual cake 🙂

Limited spaces:

I’m limiting this event to only 5 attendees, so you probably want to buy your ticket now, and before the super early bird prices go up.

Win some Goodies!

Win a story cover!

Everyone who donates funds 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 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 had a terrific time at this workshop. We began Friday with a brief lesson on creative writing, then a walking tour of downtown Albuquerque where we sought inspiration for our writing. Saturday was devoted to creating pieces with the assistance of professional editors. Today was about publishing our stories on Kindle Direct, complete with story cover. It was a marathon session, inspiration to publishing in three days. It certainly spurred me to complete my tales and taught me it is possible to get them out there for others to enjoy.” – Chris Allen

About Pricing:

The cost per person to hold the live workshop is $115. We never want finances to be a barrier. So we ask you to pay the amount you can afford – and if you can contribute extra to support someone else, we thank you in advance. Check out the ticket link for all the ticketing options.


FatPipe ABQ
200 Broadway Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
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