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WRITE ON: Secrets to Crafting Better Stories
 STAY THIRSTY PRESS PROUDLY PRESENTS: WRITE ON.
Does your story refuse to begin, refuse to end, or refuse to fulfill its potential? WRITE ON provides guidance for rethinking your approach to writing fiction and nonfiction. With decades of experience teaching at the college level and at over 35 writing conferences, award-winning author Kathy Flann provides illuminating insights and suggestions that every new writer needs, with topics like: Characters Reign Supreme; The Ticking Clock; Suspense vs. Confusion; Moments That Communicate Real Emotion; The Craft of Dialogue; Betraying the Reader; Importance of Voice in Memoir; and, Should Writers Teach.
Perfect for those seeking to become successful, published authors.

FICTION

 

Get a Grip

ISBN-13-978-1680030518

 

The stories in Get a Grip depict a range of imagined lives. There are Estonian brothers trekking from their blighted neighborhood to a college interview. There’s a TV meteorite hunter in town to search for otherworldly treasure. We meet a widow addicted to physical pain and a successful ad executive who loses all his worldly possessions in one day.  All of the characters work out their struggles in the Baltimore region, channeling, in turns, the area’s charm, its despair, its humor, its self-doubt, its compassion. Get a Grip is a book about who we are when the cameras are off and the phone has died.

Winner of the 2014 George Garrett Fiction Prize

Named one of the Best Books of 2015 by Baltimore Magazine

Named one of the Best Baltimore Books of 2015 by the Baltimore City Paper

Winner of National Indie Excellence Award for Best Short Story    

     Collection 2016

Winner of 2016 International Book Award for Fiction: Short Story

Winner of 2016 Best Books Awards for Fiction: Short Story

Short Story- Fiction Finalist- Indie Book Awards 2016

 
Smoky Ordinary

ISBN-13-978-0975484388

Please welcome Kathy Flann, whose keen eye, quick pencil, and tremendous heart have reached practically everybody in the invented but wholly believable community of Smoky Ordinary, from small to great, the up-and-comers to the down-and-outers, from the woman caring for her dying husband to the man that howls like a dog, from a jaded former United States President to the bird smashed on the grill of his limo. This collection marks the beginning of an original and memorable career.

--Madison Smartt Bell

OTHERS

Dead Inside: Poems & Essays on Zombies

ISBN-13-978-1944355036

This innovative collection of poetry and creative nonfiction essays tackles the theme of zombies, in general, and The Walking Dead, in particular. The works in this anthology explore the zombie phenomenon as a compelling metaphor for our historical era and contemporary lifestyles. 

Features "How to Survive a Human Attack: A Zombie’s Guide to Filling the Emptiness and Moving Forward"

STORIES AVAILABLE ONLINE

 

Neuropathy, Carve Magazine

 

Homecoming, Blackbird

 

On The Charlie Applebaum Stage, The Adirondack Review

 

El Corazón, The Barcelona Review

 

A Show of Force, Blackbird

 

An Airtight Box, Del Sol Review

 

Somebody for Everybody, The North American Review/Redux

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUMOR

 

The How to Survive a Human Attack series

"How to Survive a Human Attack: Swamp Monster Makeovers" from Defenestration

"How to Survive a Human Attack: A Mummy's Decree (Papyrus Edition)" from Monkey Bicycle

 

 

Contributions to McSweeney's

"I Was Social Distancing Before It Went Mainstream, And It's Early Stuff Was Better"

"For Those About To Rock - Have You Considered All Your Options?"

"In Memorian: Real Pants"

"Brood X or Gen X?" (with Adam Selbst)

Contributions to Weekly Humorist

"Introducing Sedition, a New Hallmark Greeting Card Line!"

"Introducing “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better!”

"The Daily Mail: Discomfort With Our Centuries-Old Breeding Program a Sign of Poor Breeding"

Contributions to Greener Pastures

"Stop Shushing Me! YOU Shush!: An Editorial Inspired by Tucker Carlson"

"Based on the Compliments People Yell When I Walk My Dog, I Am Killing It!”

Next Door poetry series

"List: The Unexpected Poetry of Nextdoor Digest" (Points in Case)

"The Unexpected Poetry of NextDoor Digent" (TwoFiftyOne)​

Other Humor Items

"Quiz: Parents from Gen X or Brood X?" (Frazzled)

"New Study Suggests “Celtic Punk” Not a Thing" (The Haven)

Quiz: Reflections on the TV Show Lost or 2020?” (Wry Times)

Top New Year’s Picks for the Solo Celebrator from the Sharper Mirage Catalog” (Humor Darling)

ESSAYS

Contributions to Baltimore Fishbowl

 

"On the Tenure Clock: A Cautionary Tale"

 

"Cherry Blossoms, Labradoodles, Each Other: Is Joy a Daily Choice?"

 

"'Run for Your Life…' – Baltimore Writers Talk Roth’s Retirement"

 

"Letter to America (from Mouth-Breathing Idiot"

 

"Hi, Ho the Derry-O"

 

"Most People Are Other People"

 

 

Contributions to Baltimore Style Magazine

"Jax to the Max"

"Love, Baltimore Style"