One magazine, two generations of Malone writers

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My most recent short story publication (“How to Catch a Rainbow”) was in The School Magazine, Orbit, June 2018. With great suprise and delight I discovered the poem, “Shell” by John Malone right before my story. Dad’s been writing poetry far longer than I’ve been writing. I won’t go on about it all here, just to say, it was a  nice suprise!

Above; where a few of my more recent stories (and one of dad’s poems) have been published. If I were to post all the magazines where dad’s poems have been published, you’d be scrolling for a very long time 🙂

Paul’s Story Trigonometry (Part 2)

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Paul’s Story Trigonometry (Part 1)

A little while back I presented an interesting model to help writers understand the central conflict in a story. I’ve since expanded upon the model and presented it as a blog post for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Germany / Austria. The post includes two different models:

  1. central conflict, two main characters
  2. central conflict, multiple main characters

I personally find these models very useful for critically reflecting upon an early draft, thereby paving the way for a strong rewrite. You might find the models useful too. Here’s the link to the post at SCBWI Germany / Austria.

January 2018 Update

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Scoop Magazine Issue 14

Back from Australia, fully recharged (I’m solar powered) and bravely facing down the remains of a bleak Vienna winter, I thought I’d share a few updates:

Story Publication

My latest short story, Shadow Town has just been released in Scoop Magazine (issue 14) in the UK. A copy should arrive in the mail any day now. Here’s the link to Scoop Magazine.

Australian stories

Two books on my recent holiday reading list:

  • The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky
  • Nevermoor by debut Australian novelist Jessica Townsend

Both wonderful middle-grade novels.

Discovering Treasure

In a second-hand bookshop in Victor Harbor, South Australia, I discovered a hardcover of an Australian classic, The Nimbin by Jenny Wagner. Now out of print, an entire Australian generation still remembers it. At every book shop I asked after The Nimbin (it was hard to find), people browsing near the counter looked over and said, “Oh, I remember that book. I loved it!”

Why was The Nimbin so loved? What makes it so special? And why the heck is it out of print?! I’ll reread The Nimbin this February and unlock its secrets from a writer’s perspective.

 “How to Write a Short Story” Workshop

I ran this fun workshop last week at The Vienna Workshop Gallery. A vibrant mix of participants, many with an international background. Together we read and discussed, “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian as found in The New Yorker December 11, 2017. You can read it here.

We then went on to look at what makes a good story, and applied this understanding to collectively lay the canvas for a story with a title drawn by our fun word lottery:

Pride Tears Lavender Left

Here’s our story logline:

A narcissistic inventor of make-up colour names must face the harsh reality he is not his deceased friend’s only best friend.

The story opens at the funeral. Lavender (the narcissist) is the protagonist. Every participant in the group went on to write their own story openings.

At the end of the workshop, each person then set out to write their own stories. I wish them all every success. At least one or two participants may go on to do the 6-Week Short Story Program.

YA Novel Writing Workshop with Keith Gray

Good friends at Write Now offered this wonderful writing workshop run by award-winning YA novelist, Keith Gray. I came away with some fantastic insights and the inspiration to finally start writing my novel. Keith has another workshop coming up in February. Check out the Write Now website for more details.

Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Austria Meet Up

One coming up! If you’re interested in writing or illustrating for children or young adults, perhaps you’d like to attend. Where to register: Meet Up

My own writing projects for 2018

  • A middle-grade novel. Writing has begun (Many thanks, Keith!)
  • A few short stories, including a couple to connect with the themes sought by The School Magazine. More about what they need here: The School Magazine writers guidelines
  • Another writing project…top secret at this stage
  • A few more story publications are on the horizon!

Open Mic

The next open mic at Cafe Korb in Vienna is only a few weeks away (Thurs, Feb 15). If you’d like to attend, here’s where to register.

Creative Writing on the Go Workshops

They’re up on the website. The creative writing and short story programs are starting in the next few weeks. As always, I am very excited to be running these. I hope to see you there!

Open Mic for the Gruft

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The last Open Mic at Cafe Korb in Vienna was a great success.  Proceeds from donations at the door went to The Gruft for their winter charity drive: Winter Packet. Almost €260 was raised. Some of the evening highlights:

  • Award winning Y.A. novelist, Keith Gray was MC for the evening.
  • Patrick O’Gorman donated three signed copies of his novel, “The Drowning of Innocence” for the charity cause.  The copies were snapped up by some savvy readers.
  • There was a lovely mix of performances, including short stories, novel excerpts, stand-up comedy, and a song.

The charming evening was a collaborative event by friends at Write Now, and Creative Cafe, which I administer.

Thank you to everyone who attended for their performances, fine company and generosity.

The above photos are a small selection from the October 2017 Open Mic

 

 

Vienna Creative writing Workshop

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The November 4-week creative writing workshop began on Friday at The Vienna Workshop Gallery. I was delighted to meet creative people from such diverse nations , this time as far afield as New Zealand and Eritrea to European neighbours such as Italy, the UK and Bulgaria. And of course, gallery owner, Valeria MacKnight was there flying the Brazilian flag.

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Paul and Valeria at The Vienna Workshop Gallery

Over the course of the evening participants got to know one another and share their writing in the gallery setting, with a wonderful exhibition by Brazilian artist As Marias von Leca Araujo. The exhibition runs until the 20th of November. I highly recommend you check it out!

 

Why creative writing is sunshine for the imagination II

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Why is creative writing sunshine for the imagination? This is the question I asked myself the other morning on the way to coach a 5-week short story workshop. The writers in the workshop are in the middle of writing their short stories, and as expected, have confronted many exciting and sometimes frustrating challenges along the way. Although group spirits are high and their writing is exceptionally good, I wanted everyone to step back for a moment and think about the bigger picture—what is the personal significance of writing a short story? Is creative writing really sunshine for the imagination?

Here’s what I suggested to the group. See if you agree:

Through writing stories we open doorways into our imaginations. We shine a light with our inquisitive minds and our hearts, writing all that we discover down on the page. In our search for our perfect story, we uncover the meaning in our own lives. This search is rarely, if ever, straight forward; much is hidden. There are riddles, enigmas; one has to be patient and trust oneself. But each time we write our story to its very end, we discover a little more about ourselves.

Writing a story is a journey of self-awareness. It’s not just an inner journey: Through writing our stories we gradually change our lives.

In a couple of weeks I will have the pleasure of listening to the group’s final stories. I will ask them if they agree with the above and share the news with you!

October Open Mic

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Time to take to the stage…again!

An entertaining “open mic” evening is coming up this October in Vienna. Along with friends at Write Now, I’ll be hosting the evening. We’re all looking forward to the performances. It’s a unique opportunity for people to take the stage before a friendly and creative audience.

If you’d like to read out a poem, a short story, a novel excerpt, to sing a song, or just sit back and enjoy the performances, then you’re warmly welcome.

When: Monday 23rd October 2017, 7.00pm

Where: Cafe Korb, 1010 Vienna

Price: A small contribution (between 5-10 Euro) will be welcome to cover the venue hire.

You’ll find all the details on Meet Up here 

I look forward to meeting you on the night!

 

 

 

Open Mic in Vienna

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Time to take the stage!

An entertaining “open mic” evening is coming up this September in Vienna. Along with friends at Write Now, I’ll be hosting the evening. We’re all looking forward to the performances. It’s a unique opportunity for people to take the stage before a friendly and creative audience.

Guest Irish poet, Neil McCarthy will also be there on the night, inspiring everyone with some of his wonderful poetry.

If you’d like to read out a poem, a short story, a novel excerpt, to sing a song, or just sit back and enjoy the performances, then you’re warmly welcome.

When: Thursday 21st September 2017, 6.45pm

Where: Cafe Korb, 1010 Vienna

Price: A small contribution (between 5-10 Euro) will be welcome to cover the venue hire.

You’ll find all the details on Meet Up here 

I look forward to meeting you on the night!

 

 

 

Why creative writing is sunshine for the imagination

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The mind becomes light when focused upon the present. It’s as though the curtains are suddenly drawn back and sunlight streams in. Creative writing is a wonderful activity to engage the imagination. At the creative writing session last Friday evening at The Vienna Workshop Gallery, participants experienced this for themselves: In the space of a couple of hours they explored a variety of creative forms, even getting to write and sing a group song!

Thank you to Valeria MacKnight for supporting the creative writing workshop at her gallery. Thank you also to Liz Pereira, who kindly played the flute and helped with the group song. And of course a big thank you to all the people who participated.

I look forward to running the 4-week creative writing workshop commencing this Friday.

Creative Writing News!

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The autumn 2017 creative writing program is up! Check out the website for details. The new short story program is now 5 weeks (instead of 4) and includes three group sessions at The Praxis Wien. I’m also running a 4-week creative writing program at The Vienna Workshop Gallery. A creative writing program for young people (11 to 16 years) will also start later this year. And the popular Creative Cafe sessions will also return at Praxis Wien 5 in October.

Creative Writing “Schnuppertag”

If you think you might be interested in creative writing, but would like to have dabble in it before committing, why not come to the Creative Writing Schnuppertag:

Location:                     The Vienna Workshop Gallery

Laudongasse 9, 1080, Vienna

When:                           Friday 1st September 2017

Time:                         19:00 – 21:00 (16 + years)

Price:                             Free!

10.08.2017: The creative writing Schnuppertag is now full. 

I hope to see you at a creative writing workshop this autumn.