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Short Storyathon October 2020
October 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm – October 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm MDT
October 2 6:00 PM – October 4 5:00 PM Mountain time
Virtual & In Person available. Go from idea creation (on Friday night) all the way to your published short story on Amazon by Sunday! Start making money from your creative ideas.
Friday night 6pm – 9pm
Virtual and Live: We’ll discuss how to write a short story and how to find ideas for your story (if you don’t have one already). Live version: Then, we’ll take a walking tour of downtown to collect those ideas.
Saturday – 8am – 8pm
Virtual and Live: We’ll start with some writing sprints to get us going.
Virtual peeps: We’ll check in every hour and have a Discord channel to connect in between check ins.
Virtual and Live:
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!
I’m limiting this event to only 25 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 brings a cash 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!
Sonja Dewing is a published author and award-winning creative writer. She has several books on Amazon as well as a wealth of short stories. She brings that experience here to help you get publishing.
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
The cost per person to hold the workshop is $89 for virtual (more for live due to snacks and additional time of facilitator) – this includes a professional editor, and the time of the facilitator in helping you get to publishing. 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.