Leslie Wheeler and Barbara Ross at the Bushnell-Sage Library

Leslie Wheeler, host of the session “Death in Shorts: Women Writing the Mystery Short Story,” has this to say about her presentation last week at the Bushnell-Sage Library in Sheffield:

“My co-presenter, Barbara Ross and I had a great time!  We were honored to have our event be one of the 40 put on by the Festival.

“We were impressed by the high level of enthusiasm and talent demonstrated by the 30-some people who attended the event.  During the two ten-minute periods we gave them to write first lines of stories, then opening paragraphs, the room was quiet as they scribbled furiously away.  It was filled with oh’s and ah’s as they read their lines and paragraphs.  There was also plenty of laughter at how wickedly clever many of the lines and paragraphs were.

“Barbara Ross and I hope we receive lots of submissions from workshop participants  to both Blood Moon, the forthcoming anthology of short crime fiction by New England authors that we co-edit, and also to the Al Blanchard Award Contest, which I chair.

“We handed out submissions guidelines for the anthology and the contest at the event, and we encourage Berkshire women writers to submit. The guidelines for the anthology can be found at www.levelbestbooks.com; for the contest, at www.crimebake.org.”