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Rebecca Schiff and Molly Prentiss with Co-host Nicole Nelson on “Writers on Writing”

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 1980talks 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.

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(Broadcast date: June 22, 2016)

Novelists Asali Solomon and Tracy Barone with Co-host Nicole Nelson on Writers on Writing

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.

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(Broadcast date: June 8, 2016)

Poets Kim Dower, Tess Taylor, and Dean Rader on Writers on Writing

Marrie Stone hosts a poetry panel with poets Kim Dower, Last Train to the Missing Planet; Tess Taylor, Work and Days; and Dean Rader, Self-Portrait as a Wikipedia Entry (forthcoming).

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.

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(Broadcast date: June 1, 2016)

Fiction writers Karan Bajaj and Chris LeGras on Writers on Writing

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.

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(Broadcast date: June 15, 2016)

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