All the World's a Stage
Award Winning Stories Told by a Master Storyteller
William Shakespeare had it exactly right when he wrote All the World’s a Stage. Whether we know it or not all of us are on stage and we are all living in our own stories. Some of them are sad; some of them are funny and some of them make us think about why we are here. Some of them linger with us long after they are read. We go back to them time and again trying to figure out why they’ve lingered so. Those are the very best ones.
Nothing is more elegant than a well-crafted short story. I spent ten years studying with Alex Keegan, John Ravenscroft, Sylvia Petter, Mimi Carmen and others to improve my short story writing. Sometimes I get it right…sometimes I don’t. I think it is the most difficult type of writing an author can do. Well, maybe except for poetry, novels and essays. Writing is hard. Writing is fun. It brings out what is happening on your stage at the moment whether you know it or not. Yet it remains fiction and the writer gets to play many parts unavailable to her in real life. I was surprised, when I started reading through my stories and discovered how many of them had death, sex and religion as themes. It seems I had little else on my mind. These stories were written over a twenty year period yet I wrote them as young boys, young girls, middle aged women and old ladies. All have walked across my stage. The stories happened in the good old days and in the present. I decided they were too much fun not to share. I hope you will find some here that you want to linger over. Enjoy, Diana Forrester