Workshop Exercises, October 2013

Below are the links to the Workshop exercises from this month.  Check out the excerpts, and then click on the date to read the full exercise.  Enjoy!

October 7, 2013


Something about the woman’s manner rankled Jan.  After a few moments she realized why: this woman sounded just like her mother-in-law.

“Ma’am, you really shouldn’t be in this line,” Jan said a little more forcefully.  “And I’m sure you’ve got a lot to do, but you’re not the only one who’s busy.”


October 14, 2013


I don’t know how long I lay next to the bed on the floor.  I felt like I lay on a sheet of dust.  The floor had not been swept yet.  I got dust in my throat, and I felt on the verge of a cough.  But I held my breath.  I did not want the thing that had made those shots to come for me.  I did not want to get shot and die.  I was only ten years old then.  Life could not end in such a blunt way.


October 21, 2013


Suddenly it hit her.  From Shawn’s perspective their relationship had really ended.  He didn’t want her around, and she no longer had a place in his life.


October 28, 2013


“Wha—what?  What are you talking about?”

“I know why you need me here, and I don’t think it’s going to help.  Please find someone else to take care of me, and then find yourself a new place to live.”

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