The Book


Mosaic is a published collection of short fiction and poetry by the members of The Cartel Collaborative. The project was inspired when we all came together with one collective goal: to share our work with the world.


It’s All About Connection. That’s how this project began.

The term “mosaic” describes art created by the assemblage of smaller pieces. This collection is the product of a writing community made up of nine members of the Story Cartel class, with each writer bringing a different story to the table.

Each writer has a unique background. Every member is at a different point in his or her writing career. Some already have several published works on their resumes, while for others this is their first exposure to the publishing process. Individual talents and effort came together to create a single work. The camaraderie and the relationships that were formed out of the process happened naturally, even effortlessly.


Follow Leonardo as he learns what his inventions have inspired. Wyatt finds hope in a time of darkness. One man learns that even in death his loved ones aren’t really gone. Josephine learns about a mother she hardly knew. Jane attempts to heal from the loss of her father during 9-11. Griffin learns about life on his journey to become a leader. Tracy learns something about the past that leads her to the future. Daniel’s magic pencil makes his drawings come to life. A child is haunted by the thoughts in his head. Zac finds exactly what he needs during an afternoon at a theme park. Sprinkled throughout is a collection of poetry sure to stir up emotions.

Inspired by The Story Cartel class, each author brings their own unique style, offering something for everyone.

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