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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Poet Grant Hier on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM at UC-Irvine

Poet Grant Hier, professor at Laguna College of Art and Design, and author of Similitude, The Difference Between, and co-author with John Brantingham of California Continuum, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for what turned out to be a masters' class in writing poetry. You don't have to be a poet or have any interest in writing poetry, to get something out of this show. And no matter what you write, reading poetry will only make you a better writer.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 9, 2019)

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Ann Patchett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest book, The Dutch House. She talks about how the writing of this novel differed from her others, and how many times she had to rewrite and revise the manuscript. She shares the one writer who can teach you everything you need to know about writing fiction, and the essay she penned that will answer all your writing related questions.

Discover how being a bookstore owner has changed her approach to writing, her feelings about cultural appropriation, separating good art from bad artists, the colorful story behind the book's cover, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 2, 2019)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Mariana Lin on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Meet the woman who lives inside your iPhone.

Writer and poet Mariana Lin was recruited by Apple to write the personality for Siri, and went on to write for other artificially intelligent personalities, like Sophia. This week's show explores the thinking behind creating a personality and "voice" for machines—from their humor to their backstories. Mariana was tasked with considering machines living in other cultures, and how they should respond to racist, sexually charged, or other offensive speech. And she was challenged to imbue them with whimsy, nuance, and complexity.

Hear about how Mariana’s love of language, fiction, and poetry is influencing a new cast of characters living in our world.

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(Broadcast date: September 18, 2019)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Jorjeana Marie and Helen Phillips on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Actor, audiobook narrator, and writer Jorjeana Marie joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about Improv for Writers. In the second half, novelist Helen Phillips comes on to talk about The Need, published by Simon and Schuster. Phillips discusses "emotional" revision while Marie talks about how improv is a tool writers can employ for everything from getting past the blank page to figuring out plot and structure.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 11, 2019)

Monday, September 09, 2019

Christy Lefteri & Susan Straight on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Christy Lefteri joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest book, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. She talks about her time as a UNICEF volunteer and growing up as a child of two refugees and how these events informed the novel. She discusses how words and phrases trigger her memories, and how she used that experience as an effective flashback device in the book, and much more.

In the second half, Susan Straight shares her memoir, In the Country of Women. She talks about her family's secret language, the effective thread of The Odyssey throughout the book, and her enduring relationship with a very special possum.

Download audio.  (Broadcast date: September 4, 2019)