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Monday, July 27, 2015

Lisa Lutz and Emily Gould


Lisa Lutz, author of How to Start a Fire, joins co-host Nicole Nelson to talk about writing in multiple points of view, moving from screenplay writing to novel-writing, and also about being labeled with the category of "Women's Fiction." Her book was used as an example of how the label unacceptably labels fiction by and about women as a subcategory of the real thing in a column by the Chicago Tribune's John Warner. Then Emily Gould, author of Friendship, enters the conversation to discuss how exploring her own interiority as a blogger and essayist helped her develop compassion for her characters, how time is a luxury when revising, and also how finding a title (as well as naming a baby) is hard.

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(Broadcast date: July 22, 2015)


Friday, July 24, 2015

Ethan Rutherford and Barry Newman

Short story writer Ethan Rutherford, author of The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories, joins co-host Marrie Stone to discuss nerdy writer topics like commas and character names.  They also talk about titles, revision, and other elements of the short story.  In the second half, journalist Barry Newman joins to discuss News to Me: Finding and Writing Colorful Feature Stories.  Barry's experience in journalism is unparalleled.  He discusses what makes a compelling story, following your passions, and how the mundane can become the fascinating.

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 (Broadcast date: May 20, 2015)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Emily St. John Mandel and Diana Wagman on Writers on Writing

Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven and Diana Wagman, author of Life #6 join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about their current novels, revision, social media, agents, and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 8, 2015

Thursday, July 09, 2015

William Joyce and Dan Santat

In a special episode devoted to children's literature, Academy Award winner William Joyce joins co-host Marrie Stone to discuss his latest children's book-cum-memoir, Billy's Booger.  He talks about rejection, perseverance, creativity, and his advice to young writers.  In the second half, Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat joins to discuss his award-winning book, The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.  He talks about the Caldecott process, inspiration, homage, and the balance of visuals against test in children's literature.

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(Broadcast date: June 24, 2015)

Monday, July 06, 2015

Dan Pope and John Mutter

Dan Pope, author of Housebreaking joins co-host Nicole Nelson to talk about the challenges of using shifting points of view with temporal overlaps, developing complex characters, and writing compelling dialogue. Then John Mutter, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Shelf Awareness, on the heels of that website's tenth birthday, explains the role of Shelf Awareness in the book-selling marketplace, shares the site's origin story, and talks about the process of deciding which books get reviewed and who reviews them.

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(Broadcast date: July 1, 2015)