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Teddy Wayne and Shawn Wong on Writers on Writing

In the first half hour, novelist Teddy Wayne, author of Loner, talks with Nicole Nelson about leveraging spare use of the second person to add menace, building dread gradually through multiple drafts, and managing his writing time to balance work on fiction as well as being a regular contributions to The New Yorker and The New York Times.

In the second half, novelist Shawn Wong, author of American Knees, talks about his pioneering work in the field of Asian American Studies, how watching and listening closely to women helps him write rounded female characters, and how working with returning soldiers through the Red Badge Project taught him to think on his feet.

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(Broadcast date: November 30, 2016)

Shawn Shiflett and Jim Fusilli on Writers on Writing

In the first half hour, Shawn Shiflett, author of Hey, Liberal!talks with co-host Nicole Nelson about the challenges of humanizing evil characters, writing realistic dialogue, and how being a natural mimic helps to create authentic-sounding voices.

In the second half, I’m on with Jim Fusilli, editor of Crime Plus Music: Twenty Stories of Music-Themed Noir. We discuss how his background as a music critic influenced him in writing fiction, how he finds short stories more challenging to craft than novels, and why noir works better in short fiction and movies, and not so well in novels.

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(Broadcast date: November 9, 2016)

Fiction writers Clarence Major and Kelly Luce on Writers on Writing

In this post-election show, Clarence Major (novelist, poet, painter, short story writer and essayist) joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest story collection, Chicago Heat and Other Stories.   What’s been on his mind?  How do we love?  How do we connect?  Where do we find hope?  He shares this and more.

In the second half, Kelly Luce talks about her debut novel, Pull Me Under.  She talks about her time in Japan, and how a phenomena unique to Japan influenced her novel.  Kelly also discusses working with psychologically difficult characters, what a move to present tense did for the book, and how she became a serious writer after leaving her MFA program.

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(Broadcast date: November 16, 2016)

Writers’ resources

What you see below are links to websites that I talk about with writer friends and students. Today, on an ASJA writers retreat in Palm Springs, in between a walk and a tele-lecture by Ryan Galloway of Contently , I decided it was past time to share this these resources. As I come across new sites to share, I’ll add them to the list, so check back often.

The Op-Ed project – A group that’s all about writing op-ed pieces and essays.

New Pages – Links to, and reviews of, literary journals.

Web del Sol – Links to literary journals and writers’ resources.

Duotrope – For pocket change every month, Duotrope gives you access to just about every U.S. lit journal or magazine.

Scriptnotes – The best podcast for screenwriters that I’ve found thus far. The hosts, John August (Big Fish) and Craig Maizin (Identity Thief), are working screenwriters who believe everything you need to know about screenwriting can be found on their podcast.

Publisher’s Lunch – Daily publishing news.

Publisher’s Marketplace – A compendium of agent listings and links. $25 a month. Subscribe for a month, use it all you can, and end your subscription. Easy.

And of course my show, Writers on Writing, features interviews with authors every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. PT. KUCI-FM 88.9. Shows are later podcast on iTunes. Please subscribe to the show, free of charge, on iTunes and if you like the show, we’d love it if you would write a review.



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