Asali Solomon, author of Disgruntled, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about writing a young protagonist, developing characters from plot, taking an episodic approach to novel writing, and more.
In the second half, debut novelist Tracy Barone, author of Happy Family, talks about pacing the novel, drawing from her experience as a screenwriter and playwright, and writing toward an end that she envisioned early on.
(Broadcast date: June 8, 2016)
The panel discusses poetry as both fiction and nonfiction, why everyone should be reading poems, why you shouldn’t be scared of poetry, what a good poem can do for your soul, how to teach poetry, and much more.
(Broadcast date: June 1, 2016)
Karan Bajaj joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, The Yoga of Max’s Discontent. Karan discusses the importance of showing character through action instead of reflection, how yoga and meditation have improved his writing, the value of living a bold life, and more.
In the second half, Chris LeGras shares his debut novel in stories, Weather to Fly. Chris talks about writing the book you want to write, instead of the book you think the world wants. He argues that living a rich life of varied experiences produces rich books of interest. Story, he says, is more important than fancy words. Click below to hear many more words of writerly wisdom.
(Broadcast date: June 15, 2016)
Charles Bock joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest novel, Alice and Oliver. Charles shares his insights on fictionalizing real life events, his process of finding character, capturing New York in the 1990s, and his own emotional account of living with — and in the aftermath of — cancer.
(Broadcast date: May 11, 2016)
Dana Spiotta, author of Innocents and Others, and Jung Yun, author of Shelter talk with Barbara about outlines or the lack thereof, POV, tense, film, home invasions, where stories come from, and much more.
(Broadcast date: May 25, 2016)
Arna Bontemps Hemenway, author of the short story collection Elegy on Kinderklavier, joins co-host Nicole Nelson to discuss writing about loss, inhabiting his characters emotionally, overcoming a challenging period in his own writing life post-MFA, and how the most important thing you can make a story isn’t clever or topical, or anything else besides making it meaningful to you.
In the second half, Patricia Engel, author of The Veins of the Ocean, talks about the origins of this novel as a short story, her strategy for handling plot, doing research as needed, using dialogue sparingly, letting her life by the ocean influence the story, and more.
[Note: Audio begins immediately with the interview with Arna, without a show introduction, due to technical difficulties.]
(Broadcast date: May 18, 2016)