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Monday, March 16, 2015

Matt Sumell and Elisa Albert on Writers on Writing

Matt Sumell, author of Making Nice talks to co-cost Nicole Nelson about leveraging humor as a coping mechanism, trusting his gut, and using what hurts. Then novelist Elisa Albert, author of After Birthabout the usefulness of keeping a notebook, what her revision process looks like, and having faith that the ending will emerge.
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(Broadcast date: March 11, 2015)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Christopher Noxon and Tara Ison

Christopher Noxon, author, journalist, and illustrator, is the author of Plus One.  He speaks with Marrie Stone about mining details of personal life for fiction, writing routines, and more.  In the second half, Tara Ison talks about her essay collection Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies.

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 (Broadcast date: January 28, 2015)

Monday, March 02, 2015

Maureen Corrigan and Stewart O'Nan on Writers on Writing

Maureen Corrigan, author and NPR book critic, talks to co-host Nicole Nelson about her latest book, So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be And Why It Endures, as well as what some of Fitzgerald's revisions left behind in earlier drafts of the novel, the importance of water imagery in the book, and her experience retracing some of the author's steps. In the second half, Stewart O'Nan discusses his latest novel West of Sunset, which fictionalizes the last chapter of Fitzgerald's life, the Hollywood years. He talks about coming late to appreciate Fitzgerald himself, what kind of research was required to immerse himself in the world of Hollywood in the late 1930s, and how his experience writing narrative nonfiction helped create a world that served both history and his character.

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(Broadcast date: February 25, 2015)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maggie Shipstead & Lily King

Novelist Maggie Shipstead, author of Astonish Me, talks with Marrie Stone about the competitive world of ballet, MFA programs, and the importance of place in fiction.  In the second half, Lily King talks about her novel, Euphoria, how to fictionalize true stories, the endings of novels, and how to give strong characters profound weaknesses.

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(Broadcast date: January 14, 2015)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tatjana Soli and Erin Harris on Writers on Writing

Tatjana Soli, author of The Last Good Paradisetalks to Nicole Nelson about the importance of setting in developing a novel, the art of revision, and the writing benefits of a good hike. Then Erin Harris, NYC agent with Folio Lit talks about what kind of work she represents, what catches her eye in a query, and what agents want to see in those all-important first pages.

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[Note: In the Harris interview, there are a couple of very brief phone line blips that resolve quickly.]

(Broadcast date: February 11, 2015)