by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
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Unexpectedly, I found myself at the Flannery O'Connor House in Savannah.

I was in the city for the day and stumbled upon this gem while walking around the town. It was a delight! The house, which has been preserved and restored by fans and family friends, is open for tours with the most entertaining of guides.

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We had no idea what to expect. I'd been a lifelong fan of her writing, but had little knowledge of her actual life. My dad and brother who came along with me had no idea who Flannery O'Connor was. I simple told them, "she's one of the reasons I became a writer."

Apparently, that was enough to peak their interest!

I quickly discovered that Flannery was quote the literary critic. Even as a child ...
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Flannery wrote: Not very good book.
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We also learned that when Flannery had guests over as a child she'd encourage them to enjoy reading time with them. She'd pick out the materials and they'd read in the bathtub with the comfort of pillows.

(And when I say "encourage," I really mean forced.)

The view of the street inspired many future stories that Flannery would write. I found myself most intrigued by the photos in the great room of her and her family. Her strong personality comes through in every one of them. Reminds me of how much of ourselves goes into our own writing. 
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Story A Day

05/05/2013

 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
StoryADay.org is an online supportive community for short story writers whose purpose is to help promote the writing of short stories. It is hosted by Julie Duffy and is connected with the International Short Story Month website I mentioned in an earlier post.

StoryADay encourages writers to write one short story a day during the month of May. One of it's defining principles is regarding the value of quantity in order to hone the craft of writing.

The site also features a members only area community where writers can share with other writers in an open forum.
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
On May 1st The Missouri Review announced that they would begin to spotlight one short story today to celebrate International Short Story Month.

Their first selection was ZZ Packer's "Drinking Coffee Elsewhere" from the short story collection of the same name. 

You can read about it here.
 
 
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In this post by Doug Lance, founder of eFiction, Doug pledges to help save the short story form by encouraging writers to share stories they've loved including ones they've written. 

At some time late this month, eFiction is supposed to run a new Kickstarter campaign.

You can support his efforts on Google+ or visit the official website here.

 
 
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In 2007, I stumbled upon a great site called The Short Review.

The Short Review was a website begun by short story writer Tania Hershman and it features short story reviews for short story collections and anthologies. I was in awe when I found this site because I had been looking for a resource to help me find great short stories to read. Short fiction is often overlooked and not spotlighted. I've found that since this site came to the seen, there has been a slow and steady re-surfacing and appreciation of the short story form.


In June of 2012, the website was revamped and renamed The New Short Story Review.  
 
 
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly
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May is Short Story Month.

I've decided to celebrate the month by featuring various websites, organizations and yes, of course, writers who are passionate about the short story form.

Today I'm sharing with you a new website to celebrate the month : shortstorymonth.com.

This is the first year that there has been an official website for the International Short Story Month. Not only does the site support published short stories, but it includes a directory in which readers can add their favorite short stories with direct links to websites and resources.


Follow them on Twitter and look for the hashtag #ShortReads.