Short Story: True North by Hal Ackerman

Novel Writing Festival

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

True North  by Hal Ackerman

What is your short story about?

A very old man recalling the most painful moment his life

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Literary fiction

How would you describe this story in two words?

Comedically surrreal

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Godfather

How long have you been working on this story?

A year

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Lolita

What motivated you to write this story?

An exercise in my writing group

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Kurt Vonnegut

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

The race track

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

It seemed like fun

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Whatever you don’t write…

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