Travel writer and memoirist Zora O’Neill, author of All Strangers are Kin, and fiction writer Chris McCormick, author of the story collection Desert Boys talk with Barbara about–what else?–the art and business of writing.
(Broadcast date: July 6, 2016)
Rebecca Schiff, author of The Bed Moved, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about finding her voice, revision being the place where much of her characteristic sparseness and humor get sharpened, and her advice to write from a place of being excited rather than to be attached to what you have written.
In the second half, Molly Prentiss, author of Tuesday Nights in 1980, talks about the feelings of doubt that artists face, the conflicts in her story and how they evolved over time, and the value of coincidence in drama.
(Broadcast date: June 22, 2016)
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)