A Playwriting Primer by Matt Ewens

Matt Ewens

Matt Ewens

When I first attempted to write a play, I approached it like I would write a novel; rich with creative juices and big words and dramatic language.  This was completely wrong. A play is essentially a script, therefore primarily dialogue.  I found this out whilst on a short playwriting course, which I found brilliant.  The reason it was brilliant was because the two people running it provided us with many excellent word games, and they helped me to focus on how to write in the style of a play.  It took a couple of weeks, but I soon learned that I needed to concentrate on writing dialogue, and think about how this would translate onto a stage.

And so here are my top 5 beginners’ tips for writing a play: Continue reading

Dear James


Nariman Parker

Dear James was inspired by Nariman’s own Visual Writing Prompt
of the  Mowbray Cemetery on a dismal day
An air of desolation turned the world to grey. From inside her car, Sarah sat in silence not ready to venture out.
“Coward!” she berated herself.
It was a year since she was robbed of him, and it took her a year to get this far. She had made it to the foot of the hill before; then to the edge of the cemetery from where she could make out the tops of the tombstones. And on one particularly sunny and brave day, she made it all the way to the gate, peered inside; and with a faltering heart, drove away never Continue reading

Always In My Heart

Always in My Heart

 Written By: Jennifer L. Roche

In Loving Memory of My

Daughter, My First Love


 jen book cover

Staring blindly outside, I peered through the rain drenched windows.  The torrential downpour was the perfect accompaniment for the events unfolding in my ER room.  My body was numb, devoid of any emotional sensations.   I felt dead inside.   In too much shock from the verdict delivered by the ER doctor, my eyes were too dry for tears.  My baby, joy of my life, was Continue reading

Writing Craft: Creating Cliffhangers


To keep the reader going, turning page after page even when she meant to do the dishes or go to sleep, place an exciting hook at the end of every scene.

Don’t end a scene with everything resolved, good and well. Instead, make the reader tense Continue reading

Writing Prompts for the week of Nov. 23, 2013

I was surprised that we didn’t see any submissions from last week’s prompts.  I thought they were pretty good.  There is no time limit on any of these, so whether it is from this week’s, last week’s or any of the previous prompts, if you write something worth posting please submit it to DavidandAdrianna@yahoo.com.  Please include your name, picture, contact information, identify the prompt used and if your approach was innovative a short summary of how the story evolved.

This weeks prompts

  1. Give us your best Ghost Story, but tell it from the point-of-view of the ghost.  Submitted by Adrianna Joleigh
  2. True New Story Prompt: In January 2004, a 30 year old woman was electrocuted to death when she stepped on a metal plate installed in the sidewalk of an East Village street in New York City.  Witnesses noted the woman’s final words as she collapsed: “I get what this is now.”  (If requested, I can supply the whole news account.)
  3. Vision Quest:  You are hiking in a remote area of a vast park, you become disoriented as the day comes to an end, you have your survival kit with you and settle in for the night.  You are plagued with hallucinatory visions throughout the night.  What are the visions and how do they change your life.
  4. Voices in the Head: For a week (if survived) the main character involuntarily hears everyone’s thoughts that are within fifty feet.
  5. A prompt from Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich:
    “I have been here. Now I am going there. Where? … No, I won’t have it!”
  6. An Accidental Love: Your main character is involved in a mutually agreed to, purely physical affair of some duration when the sex partner suddenly professes love.  (take this in any direction your mind leads)

Word count or Words That Count — the use and abuse of descriptors and modifiers — by David Kent

Adrianna and I have the privilege, and sometimes the tedious task, of reading many stories and pieces by a huge variety of writers.  Between students, writers that I mentor, the Writer’s Gallery, and my editing work (Adrianna has about the same sources), I see some really excellent writing, and some that leaves me cowering in the corner with bloodied eyes. Continue reading

10 Tricks For Writing Great Fight Scenes by Rayne Hall


by Rayne Hall

RayneHall - Fantasy Horror Author - Portrait by Fawnheart

1. Choose an unusual location – the quirkiest place that’s plausible in your plot: a cow shed, a castle ruin, a catacomb. Involve the setting in the action: the fighters may slip on the muddy slope, leap across the fence, slam their opponent against the wall. Continue reading

Five Writing Prompts for the coming week 11/16/13

  1. A Modern Tale of Dorian Grey
    Browsing in an antique store you come across a decades old photograph that is unmistakably your spouse at the same age as he/she is now.
  2.  Life after Death
    A very close friend dies, you help his/her family make final arrangements, attend the open-casket viewing and are a pallbearer at the funeral.  Years later, while traveling, you accidently bump into him/her as they are leaving a coffee shop.
  3. A Void to Avoid
    Renovating an Antebellum house, you find a wall in the basement is three feet from where it logically should be.  Breaking through the wall you find…?
  4. Lunch with the Monks
    In an urban neighborhood store you are moved to perform act of charity by paying the grocery bill of a disheveled old woman who was obviously having trouble paying for her food.  Upon leaving you are greeted by a monk in a Coptic habit who takes you to lunch at his monastery as a reward for your generosity.  You return the next day to find that the monastery has been replaced by a long deserted factory building.
  5. Fixing Me
    By a paranormal event (genie, witch, divine intervention, whatever) you are given the opportunity to travel into YOUR past and change only ONE thing.  (This does not have to be autobiographical.)

When You Wish Upon a Star by M. A Barr

M. A Barr's photo

M A Barr

 “Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly…”

-Langston Hughes

I sit at my drawing table, staring at the empty glass in front of me and the nearly finished bottle of whiskey beside it.  The hushed busy noise of artists that once filled the studio has been replaced with a deafening damning silence.  Their tables’ line up hauntingly in front of me, their ink stains the only reminder of the artists that once bled on them.  I remember watching them pack their belongings into boxes earlier that day— pouring what’s left of the whiskey into my glass, and wondering if they feel as hollow as I do now.  Scattered drawings and Continue reading

Meet the Contributors


Steve Malone

Steven D. Malone received a BA in History from the University of Houston. He has been a teacher of life skills and work skills to special needs students, adjudicated youth, and the visually impaired as well as teaching College English. He is a published author and a writing coach.

He is a voracious reader of anything from historical fiction to cosmology to the backs of cereal boxes. His interests include ancient and Dark Age history, the American Civil War and the American West, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and classic movies. He is a certified teacher of Tai Chi Chuan. He lived life as a drifter, a beach bum, a library page, a bookstore clerk, a psychiatric technician, a teacher, and a construction worker. Presently, he is a writer, a blogger, and a proud father of a son and two cats.

His historical fiction novel SIDESHOW AT HONEY CREEK is available on amazon.com.

You may find him at www.stevenspen.com

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery



Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and of words in general. She was always amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. People enjoyed what she created! This sparked a life-long desire to write in different styles; short stories; novels; flash fiction and poetry. She enjoys trying genres and forms of writing which are different from what she’s used to; every story or book represents new joys and challenges. Dyane views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, and becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with others on a level deeper than intellect.

Dyane is a social worker by profession. Learning to see the world through other people’s eyes, as well as sharing in their pain, has influenced and enriched her as a person, as well as her writing. She is also a wife, and mother to two children, a cat named JackJack and a dog named Sparky.

Book one of her fantasy trilogy, The Purple Morrow, can be found on Amazon.

She can also be reached on her blog Dropped Pebbles, Twitter @PurpleMorrowFacebook, Goodreads and Google+, where information about her books, other writing projects, and samples can be found.

To find out more about The Purple Morrow and upcoming books, please click here.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Subtext: Writing a Story Within a Story


Mad Mac


Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker is an aspiring blogger and amateur photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  As a keen observer of people and circumstance, she presents everyday images from her unique perspective and with her written pieces, she spins the complexities of human relationships into engrossing tales that leave her online viewers engaged and moved (to smiles, to tears, to terror….)

Her blog FLASHES was first published in August 2012. It is an offering from this truly modern woman struggling to make sense of everyday life and love with levity and a dash of nostalgia.

Married for 22 years, she is an eternal romantic, but with a racy twist.

After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Linguistics and Afrikaans & Nederlands, she spent 12 years in education, teaching on two continents. She is currently working in Marketing.

She has a love for all things SA, especially for her Mother City, Cape Town.

Find out more about Nariman at the listed sites below:  FlashesPICASAPhotoboxFacebookTwitterPinterest 


Contribution to The Writer’s Gallery

Visual Writing Prompts

RayneHall - Fantasy Horror Author - Portrait by Fawnheart

Rayne Hall

Rayne Hall has published more than forty books under different pen names with different publishers in different genres, mostly fantasy, horror and non-fiction. Recent books include Storm Dancer (dark epic fantasy novel), 13 British Horror Stories, Six Scary Tales Vol. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5(creepy horror stories), Thirty Scary Tales, Six Historical Tales Vol. 1 and 2 (short stories), Six Quirky Tales (humorous fantasy stories),  The Colour of Dishonour: Stories from the Storm Dancer World, Writing Fight Scenes, The World-Loss Diet, Writing About Villains, Writing About Magic and Writing Scary Scenes (practical guides for authors).

She holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Currently, she edits the Ten Tales series of multi-author short story anthologies: Bites: Ten Tales of Vampires, Haunted: Ten Tales of Ghosts, Scared: Ten Tales of Horror, Cutlass: Ten Tales of Pirates, Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft, Spells: Ten Tales of Magic, Undead: Ten Tales of Zombies, Seers: Ten Tales of Clairvoyance and more.

Rayne has lived in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal and  has now settled in a small dilapidated town of former Victorian grandeur on the south coast of England.

Visit her website: Rayne Hall’s Dark Fantasy

Follow her on TwitterGoodreads, Independent Author Network, Pinterest

Publications by Rayne Hall

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

10 Tricks for Writing Great Fighting Scenes

Writing Craft: Creating Cliffhangers

The Proper Use of Alliteration

Writing Battle Scenes

Backloading Technique

Alone Into Danger 

Finding the Best Word for the Job

Body Language in Dialogue Scenes

Captivity Scenes

Chases and Escapes

Cruel Claws

Creating Cliffhangers

How To Give Your Novel A Great Climax

Tone Your Writing Style 

Could You Do Without “Could”

Cut “Begin” and “Start”

Cut The “Said” and “She Said”


Danger In the Dark





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R. Harlan Smith

R. Harlan Smith is an Indiana-born, self-taught writer who graduated from Lew Wallace high school in Gary, Indiana. His education includes an A.A. in English Literature, and a B.A. in the Behavioral Sciences. His first professional writing began as a copy writer/graphic artist for two small manufacturing companies, one in South Pasadena and the other in San Gabriel, California. He spent his entire life traveling around the U.S., taking odd jobs and teaching himself to paint. His writing didn’t begin until he retired in 2002. (“I finished my first novel in 2004, groomed it to exactly the way I wanted it, and destroyed it. Then I began to write.”)

His first three published books are on Amazon ebooks; Two, “Alex in Wonderland” and “Robert’s Choice” are in the paranormal genre. The third, “Robin of Tudor Gables” is mainstream fiction. He is currently working on another mainstream fiction novel titled “Grady Grady”, scheduled for release some time in early 2014. He lives alone (“I was married once, a long time ago, but I feel much better now, thank you.”) with two cats in Tucson, Arizona, more or less permanently.
You can see more work by R. Harlan Smith on his blog The Life Givers.
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery


Jennifer Roche

Jennifer L Roche owns writing company, Rainbows of Happiness LLC.  She has written for over twenty years. Jennifer’s interest in writing stems back to childhood.  She created stories; stapling pages to make books, and drawing illustrations for her stories.  Now a full-time writer, Jennifer creates poetry, children’s literature, self-help books, and fiction and nonfiction stories. Jennifer has published poetry on poetreecreations.org, submitted writing for The East Coast Literary Review, and Solstice Initiative, is a regular contributor for Smile magazine; providing cover stories, and informational articles, has been interviewed by Idea Creations Press as an aspiring author, with an upcoming interview in February 2014 for The Book Shelf.  Jennifer writes articles for websites, blogs, and ezines on fashion, footwear, jewelry, handbags, photography, home décor, education, beauty products, holiday articles, and yoga. Jennifer self-hosts four blogs. Three blogs highlight personal poetry, inspirational businesses donating to charities, and interviews with authors and musicians.  Jennifer’s fourth blog, dedicated solely to photography, offers tips and advice to photographers, highlights her photography, and serves as a forum to display photography sent in by followers. Jennifer is a member of The National Association of Professional Women, Aspiring Writer’s Association, Books and Writers, Elance Professional Network, Fiction Writer’s Guild, Poetry & Literature Association, Poetry Editors & Poets, Writers 750, Women Writing for a Change, Writer’s Gallery, and Writer’s Café.  Jennifer profile is on Google+ Small Business Owners, Yahoo Small Business Owners, LinkedIn, Writer’s Beat, Twitter, and MUTT Online. Jennifer maintains the company Facebook page for Rainbows of Happiness LLC.

Jennifer supports The Alzheimer’s Association, The Humane Society, Movember (Men’s Health Awareness), and Susan G. Komen Foundation,

Jennifer’s hobbies are writing poetry, dancing, singing, traveling, photography, drawing, listening to music, cruising,  theater, art, spending time with friends, family, her  supportive husband, and doting on her cat of 12 years!

 Follow Jennifer on Facebook, and on her sites Pensive Writer 2013, Getting the Final Word, The Final Pen Stroke, and Moments Captured Through the Lens

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

“Always In My Heart”  

 Matt Ewens

Matt Ewens

Matt Ewens is an English writer born in Solihull in the West Midlands.  His interest in writing started in secondary school, upon being set homework to write a short story along the theme of a ‘tale of the unexpected’.  He was the only child in the class who filled half of the entire exercise book with one story and this became a regular occurrence for any form of fictional homework.  One teacher set the entire class homework based on one of his stories.
Many years later after a little life experience Matt decided to join a local library writers group in Plymouth, where he met like-minded writers; this sparked a renewed enthusiasm for writing.
He has written a children’s fantasy book called Devonshire with a Hint of Albanian, which he self published on Amazon.
He has additionally been published fourteen times through the Darkertimes Horror Competition.  And he is currently busy working on a comedy play, which he hopes can be performed by local theatre in the future.

 Follow Matt on his Self Named Blog

 Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

—  Playwriting Primer


Dave Goodlove

Dave Goodlove

Dave Goodlove made his first attempt at writing a novella in high school when he skipped study hall to spend time in front of a word processor under the supervision of an English teacher.  The teacher encouraged him to focus on the romantic aspect of his story, and although the novella about a teenage ninja-in-training who gets distracted by falling in love with a girl from a nearby village in Japan never made the New York Times Bestseller list, it did win praise from his creative writing teacher.  Since then, he has always written for the sheer enjoyment of it, even after becoming the features editor of his college newspaper and an English teacher.  Somewhere along the way, he began to understand the power of the romantic story to touch the heart, and in his stories, he seeks to do just that, combining his love for travel, foreign languages, and cross-cultural relationships.  He has recently been writing a contemporary romance novel in blog format called Unbound Romance, in which he continues to post a new chapter weekly.  Dave took the pen name Goodlove to remind himself of the enduring quality of love, the message behind his romantic stories.  Although originally from the east coast and having lived on the west coast of the U.S., he now lives with his family in the tropical-island country of Taiwan that provides plenty of writing inspiration.


Unbound Romance:  A novel in blog format with a new chapter posted weekly


The Romantic Writer: A blog with posts about travel in Taiwan and excerpts from his novel


Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery: 

Romancing the Reader: Five Goals for Writing a Romance



Meet The Writers

M. A Barr's photo

M A Barr

M.A Barr

M. A. Barr is a full-time student finishing up an A.A. Pharmacy degree at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.  After taking a Creative Writing class, he discovered a love for the art of prose and storytelling; writing 100 word stories daily on his blog: Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

When asked about what first drew him to storytelling, he answered, ”The love for writing grew with my friends that introduced me to sci-fi/fantasy genre books, and nights spent creating stories and characters with them.  It only grew from there.  I found even more friends that actually got me to start doing this project with them of writing 100 word stories daily.  Honestly, at the start, I really just wrote maybe once or twice a week.  That all changed after the Creative Writing class and when my Professor (Ms. Greer) sat me down and asked ‘Why the heck are you doing Pharmacy when you write so well?’”  This inspired him to start his blog, and put more focus on developing his “storytelling chops” by writing 100 word stories daily for a year.  “I’m still learning.  I started late.  I’m putting this project out there to get criticisms, to let others use it as a story prompt if they want, and to entertain people.”

Asides from being a full-time student/full-time writer, he works in the Pharmacy at Mease Countryside Hospital part-time.  He moved from the Philippines to America four years ago and takes care of his grandmother who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.  “It’s one of the reasons I bring up memories a lot in my stories.  I dedicate and read a lot of them to her.”

Visit M.A Barr’s blog at Twisted Dreams in Pen & Ink.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

— When You Wish Upon a Star


Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker

Nariman Parker is an aspiring blogger and amateur photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  As a keen observer of people and circumstance, she presents everyday images from her unique perspective and with her written pieces, she spins the complexities of human relationships into engrossing tales that leave her online viewers engaged and moved (to smiles, to tears, to terror….)

Her blog FLASHES was first published in August 2012. It is an offering from this truly modern woman struggling to make sense of everyday life and love with levity and a dash of nostalgia.

Married for 22 years, she is an eternal romantic, but with a racy twist.

After qualifying from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Linguistics and Afrikaans & Nederlands, she spent 12 years in education, teaching on two continents. She is currently working in Marketing.

She has a love for all things SA, especially for her Mother City, Cape Town.

Find out more about Nariman at the listed sites below:  FlashesPICASAPhotoboxFacebookTwitterPinterest 


Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Dear James

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Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza

Mbongeni Nyadza was born on the 13th of September 1991 in Bulawayo Zimbabwe. He is currently getting his Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Botswana. Mbongeni is an aspiring writer, poet, and advocate, with an objective to change the dimensional views of the world through poetry and writing. Mbongeni began writing poetry in 2009 as a way of impressing a girl. He later fell in love with the written and spoken word, and became geared to learning  and perfecting his skill of writing.
Visit more of his writing at Vinely Pressed. 
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
New York
 Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin

Yolanda was born in Madrid Spain, and immigrated to Australia with her parents when she was four-years-old. She speaks and writes Spanish fluently and dabbles in Italian. She is a Licensed Conveyancer in Sydney, Australia.

Yolanda has many interests. One of them is the theatre, performing and attending.  She is a member of a community theatre at which she performs.  She also enjoys photography, and traveling.

Her greatest passion is writing, with life as her inspiration; with all its beauty and its ugliness. She has always enjoyed writing, but started her blog as a way of externalizing her thoughts and emotions. Whilst she enjoys writing prose, poetry is her first love, due to the freedom of expression it allows.
Favorite quote:

“We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde

Read more of Yolanda’s work on her blog: Love Pain and Other Catastrophes

Follow Yolanda on tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

— ”Unseeing Eyes” (poem)


Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes

Nicki Redes
Nicki is a full-time working mom in Northern California, USA.  When she isn’t at her day job in the office, building forts with her two young children, or washing the dishes for the fifth time in a day, her head is in the clouds.  Her nose is often in a book, but she dreams of bringing characters to life and putting stories on paper for others to enjoy.  Now, at the age of 30, Nicki is finally realizing that she can do what she loves most, which is express herself through the written word.  Currently she’s working on overcoming her biggest obstacle in reaching her dream of writing:  herself.
Follow Nicki Redes at Facebook, LinkedIn, and Goodreads
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
Rusty Rimes

Rusty Rimes was born in the Southwest United States, in 1957

He received his highschool GED at the age of sixteen, and has continued with self education the rest of his life. Which has lead to a favorite saying: “If you don’t know something, go learn it.”

Rusty loves all things beautiful, despises all things cruel. Enjoys Classical music most of all, but has an eclectic appreciation for all forms.

His wish for humanity, is simply to love one another with open concern for each persons well being.

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Visit Rusty Rimes’ site:
Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:
Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos

About  Amy Glamos

Amy Glamos is a freelance writer and blogger.  She enjoys writing poetry and short fiction, while juggling motherhood and all the fun challenges that come with it.  Her poems have been published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and her short fiction has appeared in eFiction.  She is currently working on her first novel, as well as a chapbook of poetry.  She lives with her family in the foothills of Colorado, though her heart lies in the Midwest, where she was born.  Her blog, http://www.muffinsandmetaphors.blogspot.com, chronicles the daily life of a writer-mama who dabbles in the art of baking.

Follow Amy Glamos on Twitter and Google+

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Harmony and Discord (short story)

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde

Dyane Forde’s love of writing began with an early interest in reading, and of words in general. She was always amazed at how linking words together in different ways had unexpected and pleasing results on others. People enjoyed what she created! This sparked a life-long desire to write in different styles; short stories; novels; flash fiction and poetry. She enjoys trying genres and forms of writing which are different from what she’s used to; every story or book represents new joys and challenges. Dyane views writing as an amazing and intimate communication tool, and becomes a means through which she seeks to connect with others on a level deeper than intellect.

Dyane is a social worker by profession. Learning to see the world through other people’s eyes, as well as sharing in their pain, has influenced and enriched her as a person, as well as her writing. She is also a wife, and mother to two children, a cat named JackJack and a dog named Sparky.

Book one of her fantasy trilogy, The Purple Morrow, can be found on Amazon.

She can also be reached on her blog Dropped Pebbles, Twitter @PurpleMorrowFacebookGoodreads and Google+, where information about her books, other writing projects, and samples can be found.

To find out more about The Purple Morrow and upcoming books, please click here.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Subtext: Writing a Story Within a Story


Mad Mac

Just Desserts (Christmas Story)

— View from the Open Sea

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Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn

Marco G. Casteleijn grew up in a small town in the Netherland, and a good way to escape was to read, especially when a library was built. Marco graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry (NL), a MSc in molecular biology (FI) and a PhD in bioprocess Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. Marco is currently working on pharmaceutical proteins, their development and delivery at the University of Helsinki, Finland where he resides with his heroic wife and three magical children.

The narratives found in research are creative and intuitive, and can be as fascinating as a good book. Marco has been writing short stories and poetry since high school and continues to do so. In addition, Marco has published several academic peer reviewed articles in respectable journals. Marco is currently working on his lyric sequence “My Opaque Dreams”, while poetry and short stories along the way.

Follow Marco G. Casteleijn on: G+, Blog, LinkedIn, Twitter

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery: 



Kaziwa Salih

Award winning author, journalist, and social activist, currently a post-graduate student at York University, where she has already obtained a BA in Communication, an MA in Culture and Genocide studies, and a graduate certificate in Migration and Forced Refugee Issues She also has a certificate in International Journalism for International Writers from Sheridan College.

Salih is the publisher and editor of two Kurdish magazines. In 2010, she founded the Anti-Genocide Project to bring together the voices of genocide victims living in Canada. She is the author of 12 books, and has received several international awards, including the 2013 Naguib Mahfouz Award for the Novel and Short Story from the Nagham House and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. In recognition of her short stories, she was a two-time recipient of the first award at the Academia Mutamenti–Amita Festival of Art and Literature in Italy, in 2001 and 2002. She is appointed for 2014 Writer-in-Resident at George Brown College by PEN Canada.

Salih has participated in a number of international workshops and conferences, most recently a field study on the Holocaust with York University and “TheWomen of the Middle East” conference on agency and activism with Albany State University in New York. Kaziwa’s academic interests include genocide and culture, culture and communication theory, Kurdish studies, gender and ethics, and cultural psychology. She has been a member of numerous human rights organizations such as United Nation Association of Canada, Amnesty International, Egypt Human Rights Organization, Kurdistan Human Rights, Pen Canada and Writer in Exile.

Website :       www.kaziwa.com

Facebook:     https://www.facebook.com/kaziwa.salih

Twitter:        https://twitter.com/KaziwaSalih

–Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery

Wisdom of Being Blind

Doug Metz

Doug Metz

Douglas Metz is a poet and writer from New Jersey with a penchant for things macabre. In addition to writing he enjoys doing spoken word performances and recordings. His poetry, stories and recordings can all be found on http://unknownpoetry.wordpress.com.

Contributions to The Writer’s Gallery:

Feast of Friends (short story)

A Void to Avoid (short story)

— Shadow Dancer (poem)

Discovering Duluoz on SALE! 

Winners In The Writer’s Gallery

Vanessa Wright

Vanessa Wright

Congratulations to Vanessa Wright for winning the Christmas Writer’s Challenge!!! 

She is a 47 year old visual artist, author, mom and pug breeder. Two of her Afrikaans short stories have recently been published in My kort vir jou sop available on www.amazon.com as an e-book and soon to be released in soft cover. She has taken part in Nanowromo 2012 and 2013 and reached the target on day 26. She has also published a collection of short stories on Smashwords, titled Twisted. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/361196. She has her own blog at http://iread1966.wordpress.com, appropriately named Humouring the dark where the muse has captured many readers’ attention and a book about the character is in the offing. She is also active on Facebook and Twitter and is a member of a writing group. She leads her own book club and is a true bookaholic. Writing has always been her passion, however the timing always seemed incorrect as daily life interrupted more frequently than not. Now, she has decided to go big or go home.


Joe Imperi

Joe Imperi

Congratulations Joseph Imperi on winning the Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge!!! 

Joe Imperi, 43 and a daddy of two young boys, Alexander and Christian, has been writing poetry on and off since high school.  After his separation in April 2011, he founded the Dads Rights Coalition of NY support group on FB. This was done due to not being able to find an outlet for people in his situation.  He is also a board member of Fathers and Families of NY. Writing has “saved his sanity” and has been his way of channeling his energy into something positive.  By creating a place to vent positively against parental alienation, he has been able to help many afflicted by the same situation as his own. This is also when he decided to start writing his blog that is aptly titled “Saving my sanity, one blog at a time”.  Joe declares himself a hopeful romantic, yet a lot of his poetry draws from the darker side of loves lost. He recently was published on the online journal The Cultured Vultures in the U.K.  He is working on a compilation of country music poems that he hopes will one day become actual songs. One very recent poem of Joe’s, “She’s just a country girl”, now has a sister version written by Denise Baxter Yoder called “Country Gal”. The two of them hope to bring both poems together into a duet version in the near future.

Along with witting, Joe is an avid hockey fan of the Buffalo Sabres, a lover of fishing, festivals, rollercoasters and anything else related to his home town of Buffalo, NY.

You can find all of Joe Imperis work on his main blog site: www.dadsrightscoalition.wordpress.com

Joe is active in poetry communities found on FB and Google+ and also has another blog: www.savingmysanityoneblogatatime.blogspot.com

Finally, here is a link to his support group that supports not just Dads, but all parents affected by Parental Alienation: www.facebook.com/groups/DadsRightsCoalitionofNY/

Winner of Valentine’s Writer’s Challenge

Christmas Writer’s Challenge

This Challenge is a Theme Exercise.  We want to challenge not only your creativity and writing skills, but your idea formulation.

The Theme is Christmas!vintage-santa-car-clipart-christmas

You can write in any style, genre or voice as long as it complies with the rules below.  Think outside the box.  Look at Christmas from the viewpoint of other cultures, nationalities and religions, in situ or displaced.  How does it affect a person’s fellowship, charity, isolation and depression?  What are the implications of Faith juxtaposed to commercialism?  Examine the battle ground for political and cultural bias.  Do the myths and legends of Christmas add to or detract from the acculturation of society?  And finally consider your story from an unusual perspective, a pet, a homeless person in a mission, an orphan, the guy dressed as Santa at the mall, or a pickpocket / criminal looking to exploit the season.
All we ask is that it pertains to Christmas.

coolrudolfrgbDeadline: Midnight of December 15, 2013 EST


-Each participant is responsible for his/her own edits.
-Minimum word count is 2,000. Maximum is 4,000.
-Entries must be submitted to davidandadrianna@yahoo.com
-Any entries submitted via Post or thread will not be included in the Challenge.
-Voting will take place December 16, 2013 to December 20, 2013.
-Everyone submits their own work.


-Voting will be open to the public. All votes will be tallied through ‘’Likes’’ and Ratings.

 **Winner & Prizes**119

-There will be 1 winner chosen by the public by popular vote.
-Winner will receive his/her own copy of one of the following books listed at the bottom. Winner chooses.
-Winning entry displayed in the Writer’s Gallery with a photo and short bio of the author.

 **Editors Favorites**

-There will be up to four others chosen by your hosts, David Kent and Adrianna Joleigh. (The number of choices depends on how many entries there are.) These chosen few will be shown in the Galleries showcase along with photograph of the author and a short bio, sharing a link to their sites, etc.

elf-with-christmas-listClick here for a list of the available prizes




An unexpected karma

This writing prompt might inspire something metaphysical, a moral piece on unintended consequences, the birth of evil intent or self-loathing hatched from unmanaged anger.  If you come up with something innovative and well written, let us know at DavidandAdrianna@yahoo.com

You learn that the hateful curses you make against people you are temporarily mad at, come to pass years later.  “He’s such an ass, I wish…..! “Oh shut up! I wish……!” “She calls herself your friend, and then look what she does, I just wish…..!

Meet the Editors and Hosts

Hello fellow writers and everyone aspiring to be a better writer!!

Picture 15Hi, I am David Kent, a writer, an editor, a teacher, a mentor, and a dreamer.  Although my pen seems to work in just about every writing field from academic to technical to legal, my background and education is in Literary Writing.  That’s where the dreamer comes in:  I dream of a day when society once again incorporates literature into the acculturation of our children, giving them the value of history, morals and cultural diversity through the magic of well-written fiction.  We desperately need to replace the empty calories of the 22 minute sitcoms and mindless reality TV with the nutrient rich repast of the classics and soon to be classic.  But first we must learn, then we must write, then encourage everyone to read, and finally, we must all hope for the best.

The Muse and Views of a Mountain Writer

Adrianna here.

bae910b9-d3a9-482f-affe-8395e4f97ec3Those who know me, know that I am also in the midst of learning this craft and bettering my techniques on a daily basis. I have been blessed to have come across so many talented friends. From some of you, I’ve learned how to express my art, from others I’ve gained the technical knowledge to polish my craft and from everyone I have received the encouragement and motivation to strive to reach my fullest potential as a writer. I would like to return these favors with the help of my dear friend/co-writer/editor/inspiration and co-conspirator, David Kent, by providing this site as a source of knowledge, shared experience, fun competitions, comparative idea sharing and public promotion of your work.


David and I designed this site to promote and encourage the education and advancement of writers everywhere, from the tyro student, to emerging talent, to the established authors. We are all on this path together, so join us in our exercises, our discussions, and blend your experience with our experiences to become the writer that others aspire to be. Forget about trying to be like the others. Be yourself, express your individuality, discover your own style and voice, and then work at perfecting your craft.

You are unique and that alone will set you apart from the rest. Stand out and be proud and learn to feed and thrive off your imaginations.

We are here to have fun and grow together. Please join us in our Writer Challenges, Contests, Prompts and more!!

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

David Kent — Twitter: @kentantiquFacebook & LinkedIn

Adrianna Joleigh–Twitter: @AdriannajoleighFacebook & LinkedIn

Have a question you’d like to find answers to but too shy to answer in public? Just email us at DavidandAdrianna@yahoo.com, and we will respond ASAP! Or! you can hunt us down on G+ and p.m. us there, as well. 

—-A. Joleigh

Reminder: Accepting Applications for Showcase


We are still forming the panel to be featured in our first Select Showcase: We are looking for five skilled writers to address the same theme in different ways.

The five chosen pieces will be featured in a Showcase that will be open for public display, as well as inviting professionals from the publishing world to come and view.

If you are ready to write “Published” quality work in 2,000 to 4,000 words, using the theme of FIRST LOVE, Continue reading

A Nightmare Alive — writing prompt

After a long series of ambiguous yet terrifying nightmares, he/she notices the personification of evil born within, disguise itself as a regular person around town in everyday situations.

Visual Writing Prompt photo by Nariman Parker


A family plot in the Mowbray Cemetery on a dismal day taken a few months back on my mobile from the comfort of my car.

Nariman Parker is a writer and photographer from Cape Town, South Africa.  Her amazing eye for capturing interesting subjects and her extraordinary written perspectives on the subtleties of human relationships captivated THIS fan from the first time I met her.

When I first saw this shot my mind reeled with all of the possibilities. This picture could be an enticing book jacket photo and/or an intense writing prompt.  The suggestive grey hues captured by Nariman’s lens, the rain splashed windows symbolic of both the comfort within and the dismal existence outside, the history of an ancient cemetery implying both a mystery and its answer, and finally, the juxtaposition of the majestic tree-life stretching toward Heaven from a hallowed place of interment.

This deserves the careful attention of your imagination and creative soul (pun intended); have fun and let Nariman, Adrianna and me know what you came up with. David Kent

Thanks again Nariman!!!!  Visit her Google+ page for more photos,

and read her blog Flashes for her flashes of brilliant writing.

Word Choice is the Incantation Behind the Magic by David Kent

What’s the difference between ordinary writing and extraordinary works?

Word choice.

That is not some editorial decree to run out and buy a new thesaurus (although if you don’t own J. I. Rodale’s Synonym Finder, you should go get it), there is a lot more to word choice than a simple book learned substitution of terms. Continue reading

You aren’t who you think you are. A writing prompt

This prompt is a little different.  The creative push is from the message: “You aren’t who you think you are.”

Ist person or 3rd, the main character receives this message.  How the message is delivered will drive your story: it could come from a relative, a doctor, a lawyer, a cryptic phone call, a voice in the night, a certified letter, a phantasmagoric event or even something supernatural.

Who the character is and who he finds out he/she really is will be your choice.

This showcase is NOT for the Ordinary

Did you ever have an idea that was so novel, no one understood?

I guess that is what happened with my idea about the Writer’s Gallery and the Selective Showcase.  I even had the moderator of the closed group Fiction Writers on Facebook bounce me out of her clique because of a mere mention of the Showcase.

First I want to tackle the Selective Showcase.  In an act of apparent heresy against the religion of writing, I came up with the idea of creating an opportunity to simultaneously show off great writing to an audience of not only the reading public, but to an invited group of professional talent scouts from the publishing world.  Immediately, everyone (and I mean everyone) took for granted that this was nothing but another internet based writing contest or competition.

The Writer’s Gallery will be hosting competitions and contests, but that is NOT what this showcase is about.  When I began discussing the universal concept of the Gallery, I began seeing light bulbs go off in some circles.  My idea was to thwart the whole submission – rejection cycle of writers searching for publishers and publishers looking for talent.  The concept was to display carefully selected works in a central location that could be blindly reviewed by publishing professionals and at the same time open to inspection by other aspiring writers hoping to glean some knowledge from the works of their more seasoned cohorts.

By making the placements subject to editorial scrutiny and limiting the number works and the frequency of the showcases, the invited publishers will not have to sift through dozens or hundreds of works to locate a few noteworthy pieces.

That is the reason for the application process.  Adrianna and I, as humbly as we are able, are going to select our five writers (for this showcase, there will be more) based on the quality of their past works and their proposed approach to the theme of First LovePlease note: “Approach to the theme.”  We are going to select five different perspectives.  I do not want a hundred stories of the cute girl/guy someone fell for and the ensuing broken heart.  Take First Love out of the realm of the ordinary and look at it in the realm of your imagination and creativity. Here is a direct quote from a critique I wrote last night; “Continuously be on the lookout for new, different and better ways to say ordinary things. Be novel, unique, but be yourself.”  That’s as far as I am going to lead you, if you don’t want to drink the water, I don’t know what else to do.

Aspiring Authors

Hello my dear writers,

As you know, we have another opportunity for writers to come join in another adventure. (If you have not seen David’s post regarding this venture, please click here) First, I’d like to mention that this application opportunity is being offered to all of you. What the Writer’s Gallery is seeking are writers willing to put forth their best work and be viewed by not only the public, but by the professionals of the publishing industry.  We need only top quality work. Continue reading

Open Application to the First Select Showing