Creating Literary Stories: A Fiction Writer’s Guide
An essential guide for every writer of fiction. Learn: Character, Narration, Structure, Dialogue, Point of View, Writing in Scene, Drama (Conflict-Action-Resolution), Humor, Revision
An admired and lauded surgeon climbs to the top of his profession. But his callous and questionably moral determination angers colleagues and friends who vow to destroy him. He becomes a member of the President’s cabinet when a personal family tragedy presents him with a dilemma that leads to a felonious crime.
Award finalist in both the 2014 and 2015 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition.
Illustrated Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2000-2016
A collection of thirty-three award-winning short stories, two graphic novels, and a novella, each about one-of-a kind characters solving serious problems in challenging settings. Each short story is illustrated by one of six artists commissioned for the story.
Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers
Story in Literary Fiction: A Manual for Writers, by William H. Coles, is a succinct and clearly written reference for fiction writers. Principles and guidelines for writing present the essence of creating a memorable story. A detailed index makes every idea easily accessible.
The Short Fiction of William H. Coles 2001-2011
Award-winning short stories of characters facing moral decisions that stretch their lives to mirror who they are and what they might become.
The Necklace and Other Stories
Nine short stories about American life, unrequited love, familial distrust, and unfair parental control, and a novella where cultures clash and humans survive with caring and selflessness overcoming the default of violence and destruction.
Guardian of Deceit
Darwin Hastings is seventeen and his dying aunt sends him from Pittsburgh to New York to a new guardian, a famous wealthy football player. He is excited and afraid; he wants to recapture the love he knew with his parents before they died and become a doctor like his father.
Finalist in the 2012 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
The Spirit of Want
A successful woman lawyer falls in love with a TV-evangelist accused of sexually molesting a child. She loses the case and while on appeal he escapes the country. She leaves family and new husband and child to follow him to Africa. She is faced with deep questions about who he really is and she returns in penury to try to rebuild her life and career only to discover the devastating effects of unrequited love.
The Surgeon’s Wife
A New Orleans aristocrat and doctor, Clayton Otherson, is an aging national leader in the field of trauma surgery who begins to injure patients with his unacceptable technical and judgmental mistakes. Otherson’s younger partner, Mike Boudreaux, whom he trained and mentored, must discipline him. Otherson resents constrains and criticisms and denies his impairment. Boudreaux complicates his management by falling in love with Otherson’s beautiful wife, Catherine.
Short-list finalist in the 2010 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
Two orphaned sisters, facing a future of want and loneliness, quarrel when the older sister, responsible for her dependent teenage sibling, repudiates her sister’s affair with a political activist–older and unacceptable–she bonds with on the internet.
Finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
Facing Grace with Gloria and Other Stories by William H. ColesSelect