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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Andre Dubus III talks with Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, Irvine

Andre Dubus III joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about his latest novel, Gone So Long. He discusses how to make the empathetic leap into characters vastly different from him, and living in the discomfort of a character who might repulse him. He gives insight into his process for writing effective sex scenes. He talks craft, process, structure, and revision, all with his signature down-to-earth and eloquent style.

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(Broadcast date: October 17, 2018)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Liana Finck and Deborah Reed with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Liana Finck, author of the graphic memoir, Passing for Human, and novelist Deborah Reed, author of The Days When Birds Come Back, join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about their new books and the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: October 10, 2018)

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Christina Dalcher and Donna Hilbert talk with Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Christina Dalcher, author of Vox, talks with Marrie about dystopian fiction, linguistics, the importance of language, and her love of flash fiction. She also discusses beat sheets, rough outlines, how flash fiction helps novel writing, and more.

In the second half, Donna Hilbert discusses her latest poetry collection, Gravity. She talks about the quiet space necessary to produce work, art versus therapy, and the process of understanding what a poem is about. Donna also dissects one of her poems for the listening audience.

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(Broadcast date: October 3, 2018)

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Novelist Tod Goldberg and literary agent Jennie Dunham with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Tod Goldberg, author of Gangsterland and Gangster Nation, and NYC literary agent Jennie Dunham talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about novels, agents, publishing, and so much more.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 26, 2018)

Tod will be featured at the Pen on Fire Speaker Series and Salon on Oct. 16, 2018, at the Lido Bookstore in Newport Beach, CA   More at www.penonfire.com/speakerseries

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jo Ann Beard talks with Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, Irvine

Novelist and essayist Jo Ann Beard talks with Marrie Stone about her past works, The Boys of My Youth and In Zanesville. Over the course of the hour, she shares a wealth of wisdom and honest insights about her process and craft, her feelings about her work and her artistry, the importance of the work versus the importance of publication, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: September 19, 2018)

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Memoirist Leslie Schwartz talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Leslie Schwartz, author of the memoir The Lost Chapters talks with Barbara on the show about her time in jail, treatment of prisoners, and how this experience became a book, and how reading books kept her going during these 90 days.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 12, 2018)

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Alexia Arthurs on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Alexia Arthurs joins Marrie Stone to share her short story collection debut, How to Love a Jamaican. She discusses beginnings and endings. She talks about writing from place and setting. And she talks about the unexpected surprises of a short story and what they reveal to the writer.

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(Broadcast date: September 5, 2018)

Sandra Gail Lambert on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and memoirist Sandra Gail Lambert joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir in essays, A Certain Loneliness. She discusses how writing from the body avoids sentimentality, and how she can both protect her own privacy while exposing herself on the page. Sandra also discusses how one essay, when broken apart, became the backbone structure for the whole book.

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(Broadcast date: September 5, 2018)

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Glen David Gold with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Glen David Gold, author of I Will Be Complete (Knopf), is Barbara's guest for the entire hour. The show is a master class in writing memoir. If you're writing memoir, you won't want to miss this one.

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(Broadcast date: August 29, 2018)

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Nancy Rommelmann talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Nancy Rommelmann, author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder (Little A) talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the book, from idea to publication, where stories originate,   how covering dark topics affects her as a writer and a mother, and more.

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 (Broadcast date: Aug. 22, 2019)

Monday, August 20, 2018

John McNally on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Author John McNally joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about his latest book, The Promise of Failure: One Writer's Perspective on Not Succeeding. John discusses the important (and very real) role of rejection in a writer's life and offers advice and encouragement for writers at every stage of their career. From revision to subtext, from the importance of writing each day to the value of taking risks, John's accessible style and extensive experience are invaluable to any new or established writer.

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(Broadcast date: August 15, 2018)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Victoria Patterson on the Short Story on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and short story writer Victoria Patterson joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about her latest collection, The Secret Habit of Sorrow.Victoria talks about her love/hate relationship with Orange County, addiction, and the geographical terrain of her fiction. She also provides practical advice on the craft and living in the world as a writer.

As an added bonus, KUCI intern Kerry sits in on the show and they discuss the collection's cover art, which Kerry happens to have tattooed on her rib cage. A discussion of spirituality, mythology and religion ensures.

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(Broadcast date: August 8, 2018)

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Memoirists Beck Dorey-Stein and Alliie Rowbottom on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

White House stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein joins Marrie Stone to talk about her memoir, In the Corner of the Oval. She talks about her time in the Obama White House and the lessons President Obama imparted about writing, storytelling, and the power of words. She shares her wisdom for being vulnerable on the page, her commitment to copious notes, and the benefits of writing in the immediate aftermath of an intense event.

In the second half, Allie Rowbottom joins to talk about her memoir, Jell-O Girls: A Family History. She discusses the urgency of telling her mother's story against the backdrop of feminism, and the weight of her family's inheritance of the Jell-O fortune. In part memoir, history, feminist philosophy and more, Allie talks about how she wove all those threads, avoided being didactic, and organized the massive amount of research she accumulated.

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(Broadcast date: August 1, 2018)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Melissa Stephenson and Elizabeth Rosner on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirists Melissa Stephenson, author of Driven, and Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Cafe, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing their books.

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 (Broadcast date: July 25, 2018)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Patt Morrison and Amy Wallen on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett talks with Patt Morrison, author of Don't Stop the Presses! and Amy Wallen, author of the memoir, When We Were Ghouls.

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(Broadcast date: July 18, 2018)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Gabriel Houck and Caeli Wolfson Widger on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Short story writer Gabriel Houck shares his debut collection, You or a Loved One. Gabe talks with Marrie about beginnings, endings and first sentences. He shares insights on how revealing ourselves through fiction, as opposed to essays, is often easier. He deconstructs a few of his stories from initial kernel of an idea, throughout the revision process, and all the artistic decisions he made along the way. He talks about weaknesses and overcoming them, literary influences, and so much more.

In the second half, Caeli Wolfson Widger joins to talk about her novel, Mother of Invention. Caeli talks about the origins of her ideas, how to construct (and adhere to) a coherent set of rules for novels set in alternate realities, as well as her research process. Caeli shares how she grapples with difficult characters, how to sustain a reader's intrigue, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: July 11, 2018)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Editor and Bloomsbury Press publisher Peter Ginna, author of What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Editing, talks about what goes into the acquisition of a title, what editors look for, the changes in publishing, and more.

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(Broadcast date: July 4, 2018)

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Alexander Chee on Writers On Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and essayist Alexander Chee joins Marrie Stone for the hour to talk about his latest collection of essays, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. He discusses the important distinction between writing for therapy versus writing for publication. He discusses the pitfalls of readers' interest in what is "true" and autobiographical about a writer's work. And he deconstructs a few essays from point of origin to completion.

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(Broadcast date: June 27, 2018)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Abbi Waxman and Kirstin Chen on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Marrie Stone chats with the very funny Abbi Waxman, author of Other People's Houses. They talk about the differences between British and American humor and values, and the ways in which problems in other people's marriages can affect our own. Abbi shares how her prior career in copywriting and advertising helps her fiction, and how life experiences can be fodder for her books.

In the second half, Kirstin Chen joins to discuss her latest novel, Bury What We Cannot Take. She discusses writing about a time and place not her own, working with unsympathetic characters, the lessons we can take from history, and more.

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(Broadcast date: June 13, 2018)

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rebecca Makkai on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about her pull towards the AIDS epidemic in 1980s Chicago. She talks about the unexpected origins of the novel, her massive amount of research, and the ways empathy can only take a writer so far. She shares techniques for getting inside a character's skin, managing momentum, and more.

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(Broadcast date: June 20, 2018)

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Sue Halpern and Curtis Sittenfeld on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Sue Halpern, author of Summer Hours at the Robbers Library, joins Marrie Stone to talk about the healing power of libraries and the unlikely friendships made there. They chat about the importance of telling the story only you can tell, allowing the story to tell the writer what it needs, and working with different voices inside a single novel.

In the second half of the show, guest host Nicole Nelson talks to Curtis Sittenfeld, author of the new story collection You Think It, I'll Say It about the appeal of characters who are "smart but wrong," letting plot drive characterization, treating endings as an opportunity to open another door, and more.

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(Broadcast date: June 6, 2018)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Christina Lynch and Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Christina Lynch, author of The Italian Party and memoirist Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, spend this penultimate day of May talking about their work with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

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 (Broadcast date: May 30, 2018)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Richard Bausch on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist and short story master Richard Bausch spends the full hour with Marrie Stone talking about his latest collection, Living in the Weather of the World. He talks about his early influences in writing, his connection to poetry, and his approach to the short story. Along the way, he dissects some of the stories in his collection, from first spark to final edit. All the while, he shares his wisdom, recites a little poetry, and even renders the last few stanzas of a song.

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(Broadcast date: May 23, 2018)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Claire Fuller and Mark Sarvas on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons, joins Marrie Stone to chat about her novel, her later-in-life journey to writing, her process and advice. She discusses ways writers can survive the first draft, her revision process, and the intimacy of tucking memorabilia away inside books.

Mark Sarvas joins in the second half to discuss his novel, Memento Park. He talks about his research process, how some ideas are made to wait until the right time, dealing with elusive characters, and his love of playing with time in a novel's structure. More information can be found about Mark at his website. He's also on Twitter and Facebook.

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(Broadcast date: May 16, 2018)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Leisure Seeker author Michael Zadoorian on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist Michael Zadoorian, author of The Leisure Seeker talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his novel (recently made into a film with Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland).

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(Original broadcast date: March 31, 2010)

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Novelist Lisa See on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Novelist Lisa See, author of the novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for the entire hour about her book, how it came to be, Pu'er tea, and the Akha culture. They also discuss her mother, the late great writer, Carolyn See.

The station is in the midst of their annual fund drive. If you've enjoyed the show and listen to it or to the podcast, consider donating. Any amount will do. You can donate online at KUCI.org or call 949 824 5824 if you'd like a premium. Remember to say Writers on Writing is the show you listen to. This year the show is 20 years old and all that time we have volunteered. Thanks so much for helping out.

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(Broadcast date: May 9, 2018)

Friday, May 04, 2018

Novelists Rachel Khong and Julia Fierro on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Rachel Khong, author of Goodbye, Vitamin, and Julia Fierro, author of The Gypsy Moth Summer join Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to discuss their novels and the art, craft, and business of writing.

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 (Broadcast date: April 11, 2018)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Luis Alberto Urrea on Writers on Writing with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his current wondrous novel, as well as the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: April 25, 2018)

Monday, April 23, 2018

Joan Silber on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Joan Silber, author of Improvement, joins Marrie Stone for the full hour. Improvement recently won the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.

Silber discusses the importance of travel on her work, cultural appropriation in fiction, finding one's voice, humor, the "kaleidoscopic story cycles" of her novels, metaphor, revision and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 18, 2018)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Erica Garza and Jennifer Haupt on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Erica Garza, author of the memoir Getting Off: One Woman's Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction, talks with Marrie Stone about her reasons for writing the memoir, the incredible reception it has received since publication, and the obvious need to bring buried issues to light. She discusses how to tackle painful scenes, overcoming shame, where and how to begin one's story, and more.

In the second half, Jennifer Haupt joins to discuss her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills. She discusses thorny issues surrounding cultural appropriation, how her work in journalism impacted her work as a fiction writer, the importance of travel, the difficulties of writing a novel over the course of years, revision, and more.

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(Broadcast date: April 4, 2018)

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Jasmin Darznik and Tara Westover on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Memoirist and novelist Jasmin Darznik joins Marrie Stone to talk about her novel, Song of a Captive Bird. She talks about her pull toward Iran, toward silenced women, poetry, and more. She discusses the difficult path she took to find the structure of her novel, research, point of view, and more.

In the second half, memoirist Tara Westover joins to talk about her debut memoir, Educated. Tara grew up in Idaho, under the care of a father who didn't trust the government. That meant no birth certificate, no medical care, and no school. Tara shares her journey to Harvard and Cambridge, and her journey to writing the memoir. She talks about teaching herself to write by using the New Yorker Fiction podcasts, discovering what her book was really about, and finding the embedded metaphors inside her life.

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(Broadcast date: March 21, 2018)

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

John Dufresne and Susan Henderson on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

John Dufresne, author of Flash! Writing the Very Short Story and Susan Henderson, author of The Flicker of Old Dreams talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their new books.

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(Broadcast date: March 28, 2018)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Dennis Palumbo and Veera Hiranandani on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Novelist, essayist and psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest Daniel Rinaldi thriller, Head Wounds. He discusses the role of technology in crime fiction, the ways in which crime fiction can reflect society, and the many challenges posed when writing brilliant characters. Dennis also shares his many words of wisdom to writers regarding teh creative process and challenges he sees from his therapist's chair.

In the second half, Veera Hiranandani joins to discuss her debut young adult novel, The Night Diary.  She talks about the pleasures and limitations from the diary format, writing from a distant place and distant time, teaching history without being didactic, and more.

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(Broadcast date: March 14, 2018)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

John Freeman and Jensen Beach on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Literary critic, writer and poet John Freeman joins Marrie to talk about his collection, Maps. John brings all his insights, wisdom and pitch-perfect ear to the discussion of poetry, and treats the listener with a few readings.

In the second half, Jensen Beach talks about his collection, Swallowed by the Cold.  These interlocking stories, set in Sweden, provide the groundwork for a discussion of setting, character,  pacing and plot in the short story form.

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(Broadcast date: November 1, 2017)

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Leni Zumas on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, with Nicole Nelson

Novelist Leni Zumas, author of Red Clockstalks to guest host Nicole Nelson about how attention to language can help foster authenticity, how she learned to put more pressure on story threads and "stick with the trouble," and how she developed a style that insists that readers "keep up."

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(Broadcast date: March 07, 2018)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kristin Hannah discusses "The Great Alone" on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

New York Times bestselling novelist Kristin Hannah joins Marrie Stone for the hour to discuss her latest novel, The Great Alone. Kristin shares her fascination with Alaska and living off the grid. She discusses writing dark characters and dark themes, against the backdrop of an oppressive setting. Kristin talks about writing in the aftermath of success, throwing away failed novels, creating suspense, and her long fascination with writing about strong women.

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(Broadcast date: February 28, 2018)

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Catherine Banner and Kelly Corrigan on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

Marrie Stone is joined by Catherine Banner, author of House at the Edge of Night. Catherine discusses the art of structure, how introducing a fairy tale to the beginning of each section grounded the book, inhabiting characters very different from herself, and writing as an outside (from the perspective of both time and place).

In the second half, Kelly Corrigan discusses her latest, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say. Corrigan talks about several of those hard things, the need to re-write something 42 times to make it appear easy and seamless, the importance of details and the tines of a fork, and much more great wisdom and advice.

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(Broadcast date: February 14, 2018)

PLEASE NOTE: Catherine Banner's interview cuts off a bit early due to technical difficulties.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Dean Koontz and Patrick Nathan on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz joins Marrie Stone to talk about his Kindle in Motion book, Ricochet Joe. He also shares mounds of writing advice about finding ideas, the importance of character in a thriller, the role of dialogue, and much more.

In the second half, debut novelist Patrick Nathan joins to share his novel, Some Hell. He talks about the long journey of novel writing, character development, revision, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 17, 2018)

Peter Heller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM, with B. DeMarco-Barrett

Novelist Peter Heller, author of The Dog Stars, The Painter, and Celine talks with Writers on Writing show host Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the crossover from a journalism and poetry to fiction, starting with a first sentence, writing in cafes wearing Bose headphones listening to the SimplyRain app, and listening to your characters, and so very much more.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 21, 2018)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Attica Locke and Janet Buttenweiser

Marrie Stone talks with novelist Attica Locke, author of Bluebird, Bluebird, about capturing a familiar place from a distance, her decision to break her own rule and write about a cop, inhabiting uncomfortable points of view, and how her book became a much different book in the age of Donal Trump (even though she never changed a word).

In the second half, Janet Buttenweiser joins to talk about her memoir Guts. In addition to sharing her personal story, Janet talks about crafting a compelling narrative from life events, the emotional distance required to write objectively, finding the metaphors in real-life events, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: January 31, 2018)

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Ivy Pochoda with B. DeMarco-Barrett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for the entire hour to talk about her new novel and how it came to be.

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(Broadcast date: Dec. 6, 2017)

Gayle Brandeis and Jessica Bruder on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine

Gayle Brandeis, author of The Art of Misdiagnosis, and Jessica Bruder, author of Nomadland, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing.

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(Broadcast date: Feb. 7, 2018)

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Tom Sleigh on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

Tom Sleigh, essayist and poet, spends the hour with Marrie Stone discussing his works The Land Between Two Rivers: Writing in an Age of Refugees and House of Fact; House of Ruin: Poems. Tom talks about his work with refugees, crafting a narrative, interviewing subjects, and more.

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(Broadcast date: January 10, 2018)

Monday, January 22, 2018

Kathleen Sharp on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in 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)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Michelle Ross and Jess Arndt

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)