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Kathleen Sharp on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM at UC Irvine

Journalist and nonfiction author Kathleen Sharp joins Marrie for the entire hour to talk about all things nonfiction. Finding the stories, interviewing the subjects, shaping mounds of information into a cohesive narrative, research processes, and more. Kathleen is an award-winning journalist and an accomplished speaker. Her works include Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood, Blood Medicine, Stalking the Beast, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 3, 2018)

Short story writers Michelle Ross and Jess Arndt on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Short story writers Michelle Ross, author of There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, and Jess Arndt, author of Large Animals join Marrie to talk about the short story form. They deconstruct their work, talk about inspiration, playing with form, assembling a collection, developing themes, identity and more.

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(Broadcast date: November 8, 2017)

Maud Casey and Edwidge Danticat on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Maud Casey (The Art of Mystery) and Edwidge Danticat (The Art of Death) join Marrie to talk about Graywolf Press’s “Art Of” series. They provide insights into craft, process and the techniques they incorporate when writing their own fiction. Maud discusses a number of ways to create a sense of mystery in your characters, imagery, structure and more. Edwidge discusses how to find new ways in an ancient topic.

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(Broadcast date: December 13, 2017)

True crime writer Caitlin Rother on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Journalist and true crime author Caitlin Rother joins Marrie Stone for the entire hour to give a mini-course on writing true crime and narrative nonfiction. She talks about the necessary elements she looks for when choosing a subject, interview techniques, research and investigation tools, organizing her materials, creating a compelling narrative, and more.

Caitlin is the author of a dozen books, a writing coach, teacher and investigative journalist. She can be found both on FaceBook and her website:

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(Broadcast date: November 29, 2017)

Jeffrey Eugenides on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Jeffrey Eugenides joins Marrie Stone for the entire hour to discuss his short story collection, Fresh Complaint. The stories were written over several decades. Jeffrey talks about revisiting old work, a story’s inspiration, how the story form is more difficult from the novel, how writing helped him deal with his mother’s dementia, one mistake new writers are making that’s got him worried, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 25, 2017)

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