Story Makers Show http://www.storymakersshow.com A Podcast for Every Story Teller Sat, 03 Jun 2017 00:14:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 A Podcast for Every Story Teller Book Writing World Book Writing World angie@angiepowers.com angie@angiepowers.com (Book Writing World) Book Writing World 2015-2017 A Podcast for Every Story Teller Story Makers Show http://www.storymakersshow.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Makers_(1).png http://www.storymakersshow.com Episode 63: Macro Despair/ Micro Success: Editing, Agents, Writing Retreats and the Shared Love of Story with Editor Molly Schulman http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-63-macro-despair-micro-success-editing-agents-writing-retreats-and-the-shared-love-of-story-with-editor-molly-schulman/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:04:35 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=845

In this conversation with Molly Schulman, aa freelance editor who was the former in-house editor at a New York literary agency, we discuss what it’s like to edit authors such as Elizabeth Strout and Ruth Ozeki, as well as her own experiences as a poet and writer/ performer of a one-woman show now at work on a novel. We talk about trying to be a little bit scared, about taking risks, about what writers can learn from stand-up comics, including the inspiration of delusional confidence. Other topics include:

  • The art and craft of the one-woman show
  • The importance of forgetting
  • Seeing the rough drafts of Pulitzer-prize winning authors
  • The tendency to over complicate a novel/ story
  • The power of an Italian retreat to fuel your writing…
  • Television as a writing prompt
  • If Klimpt is the Andrew Wyeth of the television age
  • The importance of the artistic sensibility to conducting literary business
  • Systems and process
  • Applying design process to creating a creative life
  • Backstory
  • The grotesque
  • Austin v. NYC
  • A peek into the inner workings of one agency
Molly Schulman

Molly Schulman

Molly Schulman is a writer and an editor. She was born in California; she grew up in New York; she lived in Georgia for a nice while; now she lives in Texas. After receiving her B.A. in Creative Writing from The New School, she worked in publishing as an in-house editor at The Friedrich Agency where she worked with authors such as Elizabeth Strout, Jane Smiley, Laurie Frankel, and Ruth Ozeki. In October 2013, she left the agency to pursue her own writing, performing, and professional freelance editing and author consultation services. As an independent editor, she’s worked with authors such as Imbolo Mbue, Heather Barbieri, and Will Heinrich. She has taught writing and publishing workshops in Austin, TX at The Writing Barn and TOMS Roasting CO., and in NYC, during the Brooklyn Book Festival. In September 2017, she will be the guest author and instructor at L’avventura Writing Residency at Villa Cantoni, in the Friuli region of Northeast Italy.

Molly debuted her one woman show, a poetry-based storytelling performance called One of Six—a story about growing up with many siblings, in many houses—at the City of Savannah Center for Cultural Affairs in May 2014. She has been published in literary journals such as Sink Review, Burningword, Eleven-and-Half, and Release, and she guest-edited the Summer 2015 issue of Five Quarterly. Most recently, she was a Winter 2016 Ragdale writer-in-residence where she worked on her novel-in-progress—a multi-generational tale of brothers, sisters, and show business—called HOW TO CRY ON CUE.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 62: Story Problem: Concrete Goals for Writers, Filmmakers, and Characters http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-62-concrete-goals-for-writers-filmmakers-and-characters/ Thu, 18 May 2017 18:43:22 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=840
Angie and Elizabeth regroup after Angie’s intensive film production and Elizabeth’s recently completed novel draft to talk about iterations of projects, what to do in between, how to juggle vision v. footage/ pages, and the importance of knowing what you are working towards when you edit. We also discuss concrete story goals–what they look like, why they matter, and what they allow in terms of resonance and larger themes. Other topics we touch on in this conversation include: releasing ownership, film v. prose, want v. need, mindset, and the level of risk we are willing to take.

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Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 61: Burying the Lead: a journalist turns to poetry http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-61-burying-the-lead-a-journalist-turns-to-poetry/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:51:10 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=831

Our dear friend and talented writer Devi Laskar’s first poetry chapbook, Gas & Food, No Lodging, has just been published, and we celebrate with a far ranging converstaion about language v. narrative poetry, ad how story influences the organization of a collection, challenges and constraints, the “garbage disposal method of writing,” playing tennis with and without a net, revision, abandoning a work of art,  journalism, finding the story, the shadow poem, tackling long middles, daily practices, erasure poems, rogue sonnets, and the dramatic and terrible events that Devi and her family suffered, as recently described in The New York Times. We also talk about the dangers of political burnout and the necessity of taking time for art, as well as why it’s more important than ever that we all represent ourselves through art so that we can’t be erased.

Devi Laskar

Devi Laskar

Devi S. Laskar is a native of Chapel Hill, NC. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Atlanta Review, The Squaw Valley Review, The North American Review, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, among others. The Raleigh Review nominated “Untitled Western Country Song in Rubescent A Minor” for Meridian’s Best New Poets 2016. The Blue Heron Review nominated “Most Days a Passage” for Sundress’ Best of the Net Anthology 2016. Poet Jessica Piazza recently selected “Dissection” and “What Namaste Really Means” as the winning entries for the poetry prize at the 27th Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and those poems are forthcoming in the next issue of Noyo River Review.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 60: Language of a Common Dream: Books and Podcasts that Inspire Us and Our Writing http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-60-language-of-a-common-dream-books-and-podcasts-that-inspire-us-and-our-writing/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:25:04 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=828
In this episode we get into the books we loved in college. Ecstasy ensues as we revisit Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Jeanette Winterson, June Jordan, Adrienne Rich, Nikki Giovani and others who changed us, stretched us, challenged us, enraptured us. We suggest several writing exercises that have inspired us, touch on Shakespeare’s writing process, investigate revision, logistical constraints, types of focus, humanity’s resistance to losing rights we’ve gained as compared to our willingness to fight for rights we’ve never had, and finding a cohort of readers in middle age. It is #TryPod month–a time to explore new and unusual podcasts, and we recommend several, as well as discussing how we use podcasts to survive domesticity and overcome the limitations of our world. Other topics include: interiority, mystery, intuition v. planning, ambiguous endings and the uses of resonance in story.

Please review us!

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Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 59: Dialog in Craft and Collaboration: Individual Vision v. Group Dynamics http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-59-dialog-in-craft-and-collaboration-individual-vision-v-group-dynamics/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:09:36 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=825

Angie and Elizabeth discuss auditions, revision, our autobiographies in books part 2, balancing collaboration with your individual vision, getting feedback in film v. in prose, influence and the sharing of ideas, articulating your vision and trusting your gut as a practice, dialog and listening–pacing, pauses, action, gestures and description, and humor–what makes something funny?

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 58:Exquisite Empathy: Mystery, Revelation, and Serendipity with Edgar nominee Heather Young http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-58exquisite-empathy-mystery-revelation-and-serendipity-with-edgar-nominee-heather-young/ Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:05:58 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=819

“Mystery has really broadened its umbrella to include a lot of very complicated story telling. And I am happy to be under that umbrella. ” – Heather Young

Edgar first mystery nominee Heather Young, author of the wonderful novel THE LOST GIRLS, confesses, “I was a terrifically terrible fiction writer when I started.” Now, with her second book recently sold to a NYC big five publisher, we get Heather’s take on the difference between writing a book in graduate school and writing a book under professional deadline. We talk about revelation, clues, red herrings and blindly groping in the dark. The plague of self-doubt and ways to keep going; readers, and what we need from them when; alternating narratives; laborious revision processes; and sibling rivalry: tackled. Gain insight into taking something all the way to the darkest place you can go with it and the necessity of throwing rocks at the character you’ve fallen in love with. Where will that lead us but right to hope? Further, we ask ourselves, Is this a time when the terms of mystery and thriller are being very broadly apply to all kinds of books? This podcast investigates what being a lawyer taught Heather about the art of persuasion storytelling, how to make revelations feel earned, and the uses of spreadsheets, blizzards and luck in finding an agent.


Heather Young

Heather Young

After a decade practicing law and another raising kids, Heather decided to finally write the novel she’d always talked about writing. She holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and is an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and the Tin House Writers Workshop, all of which helped her stop writing like a lawyer. She lives in Mill Valley, California, with her husband and two teenaged children. When she’s not writing she’s biking, hiking, neglecting potted plants, and reading books by other people that she wishes she’d written.

She is currently working on her second novel, Lovelock.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 57: The Care and Feeding of a Writing Group + Autobiography in Books, part one: childhood http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-57-the-care-and-feeding-of-a-writing-group-autobiography-in-books-part-one-childhood/ Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=816

This podcast asks, “What does it take to let your imagination be as free as it needs to be to create story?” We touch very briefly on some traditional means of accessing the imagination, such as drinking, drugs, and writing naked… Somehow this leads us into politics, redemption, magic and the books that most shaped us when we were children. Also rereading books you loved as a child with your own (or other people’s) children, film adaptations of these books, and the surprising role gender plays in these old favorites. We discuss world building, and the magic that is part of creating all memorable both worlds, even realistic ones. That leads to the relationship between character and setting. Finally, we dive into many aspects of starting, nurturing and getting the most out of a writing group, whether it’s generative, workshop or support!

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 56:Go Big or Go Home: Lessons in Conflict and Writing Retreats http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-56milking-it-conflict-and-writing-retreats-or-go-big-or-go-home-lessons-in-conflict-and-writing-retreats/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-56milking-it-conflict-and-writing-retreats-or-go-big-or-go-home-lessons-in-conflict-and-writing-retreats/#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=811

 

Best-selling author and fabulous writing teacher Ellen Sussman joins us to talk about conflict–why it matters, why it’s hard to go there on the page, and how to get there. Why do we resist creating conflict in our stories?

What are we afraid of? Vulnerability, danger, melodrama,? We investigate some of the ways in which women, especially, might be socialized to avoid conflict, and the way that impacts our stories. This is an episode about permission and courage. We discuss narrative questions and uncertainty, tension versus conflict–clarifying definitions and nuances and approaches to raising the stakes in your story. We look at the strong relationship between character and conflict, and the necessity of character arc or transformation. Ellen gives us a clear pantser’s perspective on finding your way to character and conflict. That leads us into the pleasures and process a first draft writing, “wallowing in it,” and the long haul of revision, and why for some, it’s the other way around! Angie discusses switching hats from screenwriter to director, and what it teaches you about screenwriting. In the second part of the podcast, we discuss the benefits of writing retreats, and some suggestions for making them powerful, rejuvenating, productive and creative. We started the Sonoma County Writers Camp last year, and based on our experience, we give you some specific tips for making a writing retreat wonderful–and of course, you are invited to join us this May at ours!

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 55: The Unflagging Middle: The Midpoint, The Muddle and More About The Short Story http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-55-the-unflagging-middle-the-midpoint-the-muddle-and-more-about-the-short-story/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:00:36 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=807

In today’s show we discuss Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story, “The Prairie Wife,” which appeared in the New Yorker, January X&X issue. Spoiler alert! We reveal everything about the story. You can listen to or read it at the links below. Angie breaks down the story into its seven steps, and we revisit James Scott Bell’s definition of short story–“A great short story is about the fallout from one shattering moment.”–to examine this tale and a few others in passing. We then discuss the midpoint of a story, how to create a midpoint large enough to shake up and recalibrate the story. How about the idea of starting in the middle. We talk about ways to make sure your middle is not forgettable and does not flag, including misdirection, indirection and other more subtle ways of creating change besides high drama.

Links Discussed:

More about Curtis Sittenfeld and her new books

Curtis Sittenfel reads “The Prairie Wife.”

The Lori Moore story “Terrific Mother” about dropping the baby is part of her collection, Birds of America

Start Your Book in the Middle by James Scott Bell

Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith

Gospel Song in Dorothy Allison’s Trash

Heather Young’s The Lost Girls

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 54: The Math of It, Plus the Definition of a Short Story and the Role of Feedback… http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-54-the-math-of-it-plus-the-definition-of-a-short-story-and-the-role-of-feedback/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:44:04 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=796

In today’s episode, we grapple with confidence, the lack there of, and working toward it. We dip into the question of what makes a book sell, and we give you James Scott Bell’s definition of a short story. This leads to a conversation about the importance of having a feedback loop when you are writing, and what constitutes good feedback, as well as the importance of a deadline, and how to give it leverage. To top it off, we touched on the pleasurable/ funny unreliable narrator, intuition and exploration, and novelizing a screenplay.

We’d love your thoughts on the definition of a short story, or anything else you’d like to share at questions at StoryMakersShow dot com.

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 53: Hard choices: prioritizing your writing and when to use scene http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-53-hard-choices-prioritizing-your-writing-and-when-to-use-scene/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:59:29 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=794

Today we tackle two topics: time management for writers, and which parts of a story should be told in scene. We discuss the process of identifying priorities and values, and touch on a cognitive behavior model Angie found inspirational. On the topic of scene, we delve into a deeper understanding of what show, don’t tell really means, the ways the montage is equivalent to prose summary, and the basic grammar of film and on-the-page storytelling, and offer some tips for writers working with this question.

Links Discussed:

CreativeLive/ Laura Vander Kim

Rhona Berens episode

Sere Halverson

Annie Dillard

Directory of Time Banks

Alice Laplante 

Sula by Toni Morrison

Adaptation’s Evolution of a Screenwriter

Orson Welles Citizen Kane

Toni Cade Bambara

Han Kang The Vegetarian

Sonoma county writers camp

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 52:Creative Arrogance and the Cult of Done http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-52creative-arrogance-and-the-cult-of-done/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-52creative-arrogance-and-the-cult-of-done/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2017 19:39:01 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=789

Today, Angie and Elizabeth discuss arrogance as a necessary component to creating something from nothing–what does it take to create? What gives you permission? What gives you cojones?

Ideas include:

  • Focusing on creating a body of work
  • Sitting with discomfort
  • Faking it and taking action
  • Apprenticing yourself to others you admire
  • Wearing the master’s hat
  • Embodying success
  • Pretending you know what you are doing
  • Imagining your ideal reader

We also read through and talk about The Cult of Done Manifesto. What does it take to finish?

 

Links

10 Minute Writers Workshop 

Jonathan Lethem

Rhona Berens episode 

Shy girl by Elizabeth Stark

Dennis Johnson

Maggie Nelson

Argonuats

The Oz Books on Indiebound   

The cult of done manuscript 

Todd Henry 

Ira glass on the gap between our aesthetic and our capabilities 

Sonoma county writers camp website

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 51: Creative and Political Action: an inspirational guide to momentum for the writer http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-51-creative-and-political-action-an-inspirational-guide-to-momentum-for-the-writer/ Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:21:23 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=784

This conversation with Aya still inspires me–it is a necessary look, for writers, at what we can do to effect political change, as well as a motivating look at structure, deadlines, and momentum. Aya gives us a view into the experience of having a commercial publisher and four books under contract, and her thoughts on the pros and cons and consequences of literary apartheid between literary and commercial fiction. And then we talk politics, progressive politics for the era that is being inaugurated tomorrow. This is a vital, must-hear talk to get your hopes up and your pen into action–creative and political action.

 We also discuss
  • the hero’s journey
  • genre expectations
  • outlining and organizing
  • second drafts
  • scenes and plots
  • sexy feminism
  • the black girl spy novel
  • writing quickly

 

Links:

Poetry for the People UCBerkeley

NaNoWritMo

Robin Benway

Ally Carter

The Hero’s Journey as described by Christopher Vogler

Linda Villarosa

Jewel Gomez

George Lakoff (re terms of the conversation)

Steve Phillips Brown is the New White.

Life after life by Kate Atkinson


Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon

Aya de Leon directs the Poetry for the People program at UC Berkeley. Kensington Books published her debut feminist heist novel, Uptown Thief, in July 2016 and will publish the next book in the series The Boss in June 2017. Her writing and performance work have received acclaim in the Village Voice, Washington Post, Oakland Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Bay Guardian and the East Bay Express. A graduate of Harvard College, with an MFA from Antioch University, Aya has been an artist in residence at Stanford University, a Cave Canem poetry fellow, and a slam poetry champion. She publicly married herself in the 90s, and from 1995 to 2012 hosted an annual Valentine’s Day show that focused on self-love. She has written for for various media outlets such as xojane, Ebony, Huffington Post, Guernica, Huffington Post, Reductress, Essence, Writers Digest, Bitch Magazine, Racialicious, Fusion, Quartz, and The Toast. She also blogs and tweets about culture, gender, and race. Visit her at @ayadeleon.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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This conversation with Aya inspires me every time I hear it--it is a necessary look, for writers, at what we can do to effect political change, as well as a motivating look at structure, deadlines, and momentum. This conversation with Aya inspires me every time I hear it--it is a necessary look, for writers, at what we can do to effect political change, as well as a motivating look at structure, deadlines, and momentum. Book Writing World 61:56
Episode 50: Does Art Require an Audience? http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-50-does-art-require-an-audience/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:11:01 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=780

Angie and Elizabeth discuss the pros and cons of the dictum to write everyday, the benefits and drawbacks of social media to the writer/ creative type, and whether art requires an audience.

Links Discussed:

Finding Vivian Maier documentary

From Where You Dream by Robert Olen Butler

Our podcast episode interview with and  Packer

Samantha Bee

The Daily Show

Pilar Alesandra

Tim Ferris/ Tools of the Titans

Meg LeFeuve Personal thematic

 

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Angie and Elizabeth discuss the pros and cons of the dictum to write everyday, the benefits and drawbacks of social media to the writer/ creative type, and whether art requires an audience. Angie and Elizabeth discuss the pros and cons of the dictum to write everyday, the benefits and drawbacks of social media to the writer/ creative type, and whether art requires an audience. Book Writing World 50:54
Episode 49: Letting Go of Perfectionism, Trusting Your Obsessions, Playing the Long Game: Caille Millner http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-49-letting-go-of-perfectionism-trusting-your-obsessions-playing-the-long-game-caille-millner/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=771

Caille Millner is an award-winning writers across genres, writing memoir, fiction, and, for the San Francisco Chronicle, cultural columns and opinion pieces. When we met, just after the election, she was already collaborating on a list for Bay Area writers of ways to volunteer your writing skills to help people made especially vulnerable by the election. We talked about the pros and cons of novels as a response to the political world, and the question of whether everything in non-fiction should be personal–and how to reach beyond that dictum and trust your instincts beyond, and against, the current market. We learned more about her job shaping the public opinions of the Chronicle, and talked about the differences between perfectionist creating and deadline writing where everything is essentially a first draft, and how to keep the job writing separate from the at-home writing. We talked about the short story form and the 18 drafts she did for her Best American short story, chosen by Junot Diaz for the 2016 collection; how to do research for fiction and how to find the details of the perspective that will bring the world alive to life; time, motivation, and productivity; he need to be writing about what you’re passionate about, not what you think you should be writing or what you think someone else think you should be writing; and the importance of embarrassment as a way of taking risks. An inspiring conversation in difficult times!

 

LINKS

Mauro Javier Cardenas 

Junot Diaz 

Roland Barthes 

Ann Patchett 

Caille Millner 

Anthony Walton Mississippi 
2016 Best American Short Stories edited by Junot Diaz 
Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness  
Gillian Flynn Gone Girl  
Toni Morrison Beloved 
Gayle Jones Corregiora 
Caille Millner The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification 

Caille Millner

Caille Millner

Caille Millner is the author of The Golden Road: Notes on my Gentrification (Penguin Press), which won the Barnes & Noble Emerging Authors Award and was a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year. Her short fiction has been published in Zyzzyva, Joyland, and Best American Short Stories 2016. Her nonfiction has been published in The New Inquiry, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Paris Review Daily, and many other places. She is a culture columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Caille Millner is an award-winning writers across genres, writing memoir, fiction, and, for the San Francisco Chronicle, cultural columns and opinion pieces. When we met, just after the election, she was already collaborating on a list for Bay Area wri... Caille Millner is an award-winning writers across genres, writing memoir, fiction, and, for the San Francisco Chronicle, cultural columns and opinion pieces. When we met, just after the election, she was already collaborating on a list for Bay Area writers of ways to volunteer your writing skills to help people made especially vulnerable by the election. Book Writing World 43:56
Episode 48:Quick Fix Q&A: Simplicity http://www.storymakersshow.com/quick-fix-qa-simplicity/ Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:34:27 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=766

In this week’s Quick Fix Q & A, Angie and Elizabeth discuss:

  • 6 steps to creating a scene
  • 4 tests for: is it an event?
  • Plot complexity and genre expectations
  • Your personal thematic
  • Decision fatigue
  • Automating your routine

FREE Craft Class

Friends’ week is coming up in the Book Writing World, November 15 & 17! Join us in-person in Berkeley OR Online from anywhere via Zoom’s video conferencing for a free 2-hour craft class on Backstory–when do you need it, how do you work it in, and what can and can’t it do for your story?

You and your friends can sign up here:

http://bookwritingworld.com/friends-week/

Spread the word: it is solely through word-of-mouth that BWW finds its exceptional, talented, warm, bright students. Thank you for being part of our community!

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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In this week’s Quick Fix Q & A, Angie and Elizabeth discuss: - 6 steps to creating a scene 4 tests for: is it an event? Plot complexity and genre expectations Your personal thematic Decision fatigue Automating your routine - FREE Craft Class In this week’s Quick Fix Q & A, Angie and Elizabeth discuss:<br /> <br /> 6 steps to creating a scene<br /> 4 tests for: is it an event?<br /> Plot complexity and genre expectations<br /> Your personal thematic<br /> Decision fatigue<br /> Automating your routine<br /> <br /> FREE Craft Class<br /> <br /> Friends' week is coming up in the Book Writing World, November 15 & 17! Join us in-person in Berkeley OR Online from anywhere via Zoom's video conferencing for a free 2-hour craft class on Backstory--when do you need it, how do you work it in, and what can and can't it do for your story? <br /> <br /> You and your friends can sign up here:<br /> <br /> http://bookwritingworld.com/friends-week/<br /> <br /> Spread the word: it is solely through word-of-mouth that BWW finds its exceptional, talented, warm, bright students. Thank you for being part of our community! Book Writing World 24:02
Episode 47: Micah Perks and Fetal Narrators http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-47-micah-perks-and-fetal-narrators/ Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:34:10 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=760

In this episode we sit down with author Micah Perks. Our conversation went all over the place, and we hit on a number topics.

We discussed:

  • Fetal narrators
  • How long it can take to write a novel
  • What happens when revisions don’t work
  • Finding the title
  • How to raise the stakes in the novel
  • Facing your greatest fears as a writer
  • Finding the ending
  • Getting feedback from your partner
  • Fear of influence, idea theft, the hopelessness of such fear
  • The ways that creative writing can be taught or nurtured as well as any other discipline
  • When your work out as shorts and audio shorts
  • Novelists misperceptions that memoir will be easier to write, and the actual huge challenges of the disciplining
  • Using a fictional voice to find her way into the memoir
  • Why she now finds memoir easier to write than fiction
  • Traditional versus modernist/ experimental forms in fiction and nonfiction
  • Permission

LINKS:

Elizabeth McKenzie
Melissa Sanders-Self
Jill Wolfson
Karen Joy Fowler
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Carlos Fuentes Christopher Unborn
Lauren Groff
Shebooks
Alone in the Woods: Cheryl Strayed, my daughter, and me
Stockard Channing performing Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books
Molly Antopol
David Sedaris
Maggie nelson
Michelle Tea Black Wave
Sarah Manguso
Svetlana Alexievich
Ben Lerner
Knausgaard
Austin Kleon stealing TS Eliot’s stealing quote
The Marvelous Land of Oz

Micah Perks

Micah Perks

Author, Professor

The Los Angeles Times called Micah Perks’ first novel, We Are Gathered Here (1997, St. Martin’s),  “a tightly woven story that is as fanciful as it is grimly real.” Her memoir, Pagan Time, came out in paper in 2009 from Counterpoint, has been translated into Korean and is an audio book from audible.com. In 2010 The San Francisco Chronicle listed it in Best Summer Reading and Adirondack Life listed it as Adirondack Required Reading.  She’s published short stories and essays in Zyzzyva, The Massachusetts Review, Tin House, OZY, Kenyon Review on-line and Epoch, amongst many others, and her stories have been anthologized in The Encyclopedia Project, Viz Inter Arts, The Best Underground Fiction and others. You can find several of her stories on audible.com. Five of her stories have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. She has been given multiple residencies at The Blue Mountain Center and received a Saltonstall Foundation For The Arts grant. She won an NEA and The New Guard Machigonne Fiction prize for excerpts of her new novel, What Becomes Us.  Micah lives with her family in Santa Cruz California, where she co-directs the creative writing program and is a professor in the Literature Department at University of California, Santa Cruz.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Episode 46: Lucy Jane Bledsoe and the Fiction Non-Fiction Divide http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-46-lucy-jane-bledsoe-and-the-fiction-non-fiction-divide/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:43:06 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=751

Join our far-ranging, fun and fascinating conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe on the occasion of her brand new historical novel, A THIN BRIGHT LINE, based on the true-life story of her aunt. We cover shaping historical fiction, balancing research and writing, dealing with problems with historical dialog and voice, and chucking out parts of your book in revision. Lucy gives us line-editing techniques and research tips. We discuss risk and the market, creating meaningful events and readings, building a community of writers, and the trials and tribulations of staying quiet through your morning writing time. We also talk about queer history, transparency of language, and forms of humor as models for structure, and more.

LINKS:

Ann Bannon


The Price of Salt/Carol

Lillian Faderman

Juliana Delgado Lopera

Transparent


Micheal Krasny Let There Be Laughter

James Wedmore

Sherman Alexei

Willa Cather

 

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe

Lucy Jane Bledsoe‘s new novel, A Thin Bright Line, was just released. She’s the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of narrative nonfiction, and four novels, including The Big Bang Symphony. Her recent short story, “The We of Me,” published in The Rumpus, was chosen by Ploughshares Magazine as the best story published in lit mags that week.

Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, a Pushcart nomination, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Join our far-ranging, fun and fascinating conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe on the occasion of her brand new historical novel, A THIN BRIGHT LINE, based on the true-life story of her aunt. Join our far-ranging, fun and fascinating conversation with Lucy Jane Bledsoe on the occasion of her brand new historical novel, A THIN BRIGHT LINE, based on the true-life story of her aunt. Book Writing World 49:49
Episode 45: Kirsty Starkey http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-45-kirsty-starkey/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:21:00 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=744

Kirsty Starkey works as a producer at BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed show Woman’s Hour, “the programme that offers a female perspective on the world.” She researches and develops stories, finds and interviews potential subjects, prepares the presenters for live on-air interviews, and more. In this episode, we discuss the similarities and differences between Woman’s Hour stories and novels, films or narrative non-fiction. We look at the journalistic need for balance alongside the risks and vulnerability of interviewees, and the desire to present the human angle that is also relevant to now. We examined how to narrow, shape, and focus a story. We looked at what can go wrong, such as ways a story might die on the vine or a subject might freeze up live on air. We discussed who the protagonist might be in the radio stories: the human interest subjects, or perhaps even the listener. The conversation includes tips on interviewing from a BCC veteran, and the ways the ability to ask questions makes a massive difference in getting strong stories.

LINKS:


Mansfield Park


The Known World


On Directing Film

Desert Island Discs

Woman’s Hour

Rose Remain

Kirsty Starkey

Kirsty Starkey

Kirsty Starkey works as a producer at BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed show Woman’s Hour, “the programme that offers a female perspective on the world.” She researches and develops stories, finds and interviews potential subjects, prepares the presenters for live on-air interviews, and more.

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Kirsty Starkey works as a producer at BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed show Woman’s Hour, “the programme that offers a female perspective on the world.” She researches and develops stories, finds and interviews potential subjects, Kirsty Starkey works as a producer at BBC Radio 4’s acclaimed show Woman’s Hour, “the programme that offers a female perspective on the world.” She researches and develops stories, finds and interviews potential subjects, prepares the presenters for live on-air interviews, and more Book Writing World 40:34
Episode 44: Quick Fix Q&A – Dialogue http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-44-quick-fix-qa-dialog/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:28:15 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=739

We tackle three tough questions today, two on dialogue and one on how to make more room for writing.
In the latest episode of Story Makers Show’s Quick Fix Q & A, we discuss the art and craft of dialog and subtext, adding “color” to historical fiction without crossing the line into fiction, and how to begin doing more creative writing in your life. Send us your questions at question at storymakersshow dot com and we’ll send you some answers by podcast.

Links Discussed:

Cornelia Nixon

Pilar Alessandra and On The Page Podcast

Denis Johnson

Brian Tracy

 

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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This week's three questions: Dialog, Dialog, and Writing More... This week's three questions: Dialog, Dialog, and Writing More... Book Writing World 15:08
Episode 43: Creative Muscle Memory: Author Gretchen Atwood on Research, Proposals and Scenes for Non-fiction Books http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-43-creative-muscle-memory-author-gretchen-atwood-on-research-proposals-and-scenes-for-non-fiction-books/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 22:58:54 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=732

We were thrilled to sit down with Book Writing World alum Gretchen Atwood to discuss her newly released book, Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football’s Color Line, and get some great tips about balancing research and writing, evaluating and choosing your sources, making use of research to create scene, and where the line between imagination and invention falls in nonfiction. Gretchen gave us a terrific breakdown of pulling details from a variety of sources to create a single, rich scene. She talked about writing a book proposal and finding an agent, about narrative structure and the ways that the research did and didn’t change the book from the way it was described in the proposal. She talked about working with a developmental editor, about various note-taking and color-coding strategies and their limitations, and about taking an emotional v. an analytical approach to building your book. We even got into the parallels between the structure of a ball game and the structure of a book.

Send us your questions about writing and the writing life to questions@storymakersshow.com


Buy Lost Champions

Links We Discussed:

Come see Elizabeth in conversation with author Gayle Forman: 

WSJ article on Lost Champions: 


Buy America’s Game


Buy Goal Dust

Peanuts by Charles Schulz http://www.peanuts.com/


Buy All the Light We Cannont See


Buy History of Love


Buy How Champions Think


Buy The New Jim Crow


Buy Shock Doctrine

http://GretchenAtwood.com

Gretchen Atwood

Gretchen Atwood

Lea Page has mentored Steiner-Waldorf homeschooling mothers for a decade and has many years experience as a La Leche League leader. She and her husband homeschooled both their children in rural Montana. Lea has studied education, literature and leadership. She now lives and writes in New Hampshire.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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We were thrilled to sit down with Book Writing World alum Gretchen Atwood to discuss her newly released book, Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line, and get some great tips about balancing research and writi... We were thrilled to sit down with Book Writing World alum Gretchen Atwood to discuss her newly released book, Lost Champions: Four Men, Two Teams, and the Breaking of Pro Football's Color Line, and get some great tips about balancing research and writing, evaluating and choosing your sources, making use of research to create scene, and where the line between imagination and invention falls in nonfiction. Book Writing World 45:39
Episode 41: Quick Fix Q&A http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-41-quick-fix-qa/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-41-quick-fix-qa/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2016 15:19:46 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=727

This week we started a new element in Story Makers Show. Interspersed with the in-depth interviews with authors, filmmakers and industry professionals, we are going to offer brief podcasts that answer your questions about writing. Yes, yours: write to us a @questions@storymakersshow.com or post them on the Story Makers Show page on Facebook or hit reply to this newsletter and ask away!

This episode we discuss finding readers who will be the best critics for your work, deciding if a project is fiction or non-fiction, and organizing your book when you have a lot of material and feel overwhelmed.

Links Discussed:


A Writer’s Time

Scrivener
http://BookWritingWorld.com/classes

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-41-quick-fix-qa/feed/ 1 This week we started a new element in Story Makers Show. Interspersed with the in-depth interviews with authors, filmmakers and industry professionals, we are going to offer brief podcasts that answer your questions about writing This week we started a new element in Story Makers Show. Interspersed with the in-depth interviews with authors, filmmakers and industry professionals, we are going to offer brief podcasts that answer your questions about writing Book Writing World 13:03
Episode 41: Getting Unstuck: a conversation with journalist, author and teacher Jennifer Mattson http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-41-getting-unstuck-a-conversation-with-journalist-author-and-teacher-jennifer-mattson/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:00:31 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=719

With a deep background in both deadline journalism and mindfulness meditation, Jennifer Mattson teaches classes in getting unstuck that emphasize an acceptance of the cycle of getting stuck and unstuck. In our wonderful conversation she shares wisdom and practical tools for going through–and getting through–this process, as well as advice for pitching, an art she knows and discusses from the receiving and throwing end, and making a living as a freelance writer

 

Links:

Kripa Lu retreat center

Julia Cameron

Aaron Sorkin class


From Where You Dream

Jennifersmattson.com

 

Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson is a writer, editor and  journalist. She writes The Wellness List column for Psychology Today and teaches writing workshops at New York University, as well as, around the country. She reports on news, women’s issues, yoga, healthy living and mindfulness, books, arts and culture.

She was awarded the Spring 2016 Writer-in-Residence at The Lemon Tree House Residency for Writers in Tuscany, Italy and is the recipient of the prestigious scholarship for non-fiction writers at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She was recently selected as a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.

She is a former network news producer for CNN, CNN International and National Public Radio.  She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN’s daily live newscasts and produced CNN’s international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau’s political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories as a stringer for USA TODAY including pieces on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. After leaving CNN, she worked as a producer for the NPR show The Connection, as an editor at NPR’s Tell Me More, and spent two years as the Managing Editor of AsiaSociety.org. From there she moved to Hong Kong and reported from Asia. Since returning to the U.S., she has worked on the CBS News Foreign Desk, and as a breaking news writer for both CBSNews.com and  GlobalPost.com.

Her writing and reporting has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, Salon, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, GlobalPost.com, The Women’s Review of Books, Ms. Magazine,The Women’s Media Center and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health where she is currently a Contributing Writer. She has a new column at PsychologyToday.com,The Wellness List and co-authored 642 Things To Write About Me. She is working on her next book.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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With a deep background in both deadline journalism and mindfulness meditation, Jennifer Mattson teaches classes in getting unstuck that emphasize an acceptance of the cycle of getting stuck and unstuck. With a deep background in both deadline journalism and mindfulness meditation, Jennifer Mattson teaches classes in getting unstuck that emphasize an acceptance of the cycle of getting stuck and unstuck. Book Writing World 41:41
Episode 40: Shaping Real Life into Story: a Documentary Editor’s View Jean Kawahara http://www.storymakersshow.com/shaping-real-life-into-story-a-documentary-editors-view-jean-kawahara/ Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:25:29 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=708

Jean Kawahara is a documentary editor as well as a writer, and she had great insights into the process of shaping real life events into a story. How do you wrangle thousands of hours of footage into a compelling, small package–on deadline? How do you find, create or support drama? What do you look for when you’re looking for story? We talked about forms for crafting story: contests, chronology, rhythm  and the need for omission. We discussed stakes and consequences and how to set them up, the importance of avoiding repeat beats, and the fact that directors and writers often miss perceive which are actually the strongest scenes. We got into the dangers of the desire to explain to your audience what’s going on in your story and the attention span of the modern audience. Jean gave advice about avoiding the fine work before you nail down the broad structure, so you don’t get attached to one way of seeing the story unfold. And we looked at endings: how to find and craft an authentic ending out of the ongoing flow of life…

Links Discussed:

Michael Moore, the documentary filmmaker

T-Rex, documentary film

Book in a Year


On Directing by David Mamet

Sergei M. Eisenstein

Claudia Rankings keynote speech at AWP

On James Patterson’s publishing collaborative work


Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff


How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life by Bob Rotella; Bob Cullen


The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by W. Timothy Gallwey; Pete Carroll

Adrienne Rich’s Poetry Became Political, but It Remained Rooted in Material Fact by Wayne Koestenbaum

Hamilton, the musical


Mo’ Meta Blues The World According to Questlove by Ahmir Thompson; Ben Greenman; Questlove

Stories We Tell, Directed by  Sarah Polley

The Literature of War: Who gets to tell the story?

Jean Kawahara

Jean Kawahara

 

Jean Kawahara’s independent film credits include the feature documentaries, T-Rex;
City of Borders; Yank Tanks; Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story
and the narrative feature, Nail Polish. She was the consulting editor on the
documentary, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, which won the best editing award at the 2011
Tribeca Film Festival and was short-listed for the 2012 Academy Awards. Kawahara co-
edited the New York Times documentary short series, Robotica and several segments
of the YouTube documentary series, American Hipster. She is currently editing a feature
documentary about the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world.
T-Rex premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, won the Audience Award at the San
Francisco Film Festival and will air on PBS’ Independent Lens in August 2016. City of
Borders garnered the Teddy Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and aired on
various PBS stations. Yank Tanks was voted Best Documentary at the 2002 Los
Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Of Civil Wrongs and Rights won an Emmy for
Best Editing and Directing at the 2001 National Academy of Television Arts and
Sciences News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The film was also short-listed for the
2001 Academy awards and aired nation-wide on the PBS program P.O.V.
Kawahara edited short films that played at the Sundance Film Festival and received
awards for her commercial work, including a Golden Lion at the Cannes Film Festival
and a Clio.
Kawahara began her career in the San Francisco broadcast television industry as a
writer/producer for a news and entertainment show produced by KPIX in San Francisco.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree in
Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Jean Kawahara is a documentary editor as well as a writer, and she had great insights into the process of shaping real life events into a story. Jean Kawahara is a documentary editor as well as a writer, and she had great insights into the process of shaping real life events into a story. Book Writing World 54:01
Episode 39: The Artist’s Ability: Shaping a Memoir, Shaping a Creative Life, a conversation with author Joyce Scott http://www.storymakersshow.com/the-artists-ability-shaping-a-memoir-shaping-a-creative-life-a-conversation-with-author-joyce-scott-2/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/the-artists-ability-shaping-a-memoir-shaping-a-creative-life-a-conversation-with-author-joyce-scott-2/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 15:00:04 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=704

Joyce has an amazing, important story to tell about an artist, Joyce’s twin sister Judy, who had so much against her–undiagnosed deafness, Down’s Syndrome in a time when differences were institutionalized, and years away from her family–only to find her artistic “voice” when in their middle age Joyce gained guardianship of Judy and brought her to California and to Creative Growth. Judy became a world-famous artist–and Joyce became a lyrical, honest writer who tells this tale in her new memoir, Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott. We talk about editing and shaping a memoir: what gets cut and what gets kept. We dig into ways of accessing your material, including journaling, wine drinking, storytelling, research early morning writing habits, live writing as things are happening, and note taking or recording your voice while you’re walking, or running, or doing anything repetitive. We discuss the importance of writing groups and how to start them, thinking in terms of fiction versus thinking in terms of nonfiction, creating composite characters and how to write dialog for nonfiction. We look at the impact Judy’s increasing fame did and did not have on her and how that might be a model for all of us who create–and indeed of the need to create art under any circumstances. Other topics touched on: the crankiness caused by not writing, the entitlement of the artist and her self regard, the ways that people with a variety of abilities can live and create together, the importance of making mistakes, and the principles of simplicity.


Entwined

Links Discussed:

Donna Levin

The Story Makers Show – Meredith Maren episode

The Girls Who Went Away – on Amazon and Indiebound

Anne Lamott

Failed It on Amazon and Indiebound

The Larche Community in France

Facebook: Judith Scott artist and Joyce Scott

Web site: JudithandJoyce.com

Entwined by Joyce Scott on Amazon and Indiebound

 

 

Joyce Scott

Joyce Scott

Joyce Scott, MA,  is the twin sister of Judith Scott. As an RN and developmental specialist she has worked for many years with children with Down Syndrome and other special needs. A long-time resident of Berkeley, California, Joyce has dedicated her life to helping mothers and children. She is also a poet, writer and clinical hypnotherapist.

As an advocate for people with disabilities, she has spoken at international conferences and events in Ireland, England, France and Asia. She has appeared on television in Europe and the United States and spoken at museum and gallery openings, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.In 2011 Joyce attended the opening of a major exhibition of Judith’s work in London., during which she appeared on a popular BBC arts program, and participated as guest speaker on several public discussion forums.  She then went on to the opening of another exhibition in Paris, and again served on a public discussion panel.

Joyce serves on the advisory board of Creative Growth, the first art center in  the world for  artists with disabilities. She is a founding director of Birthways, a referral and educational service for pregnant women and new mothers.  She is also founder of the Bali Children’s Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing educational and art opportunities for  young people in rural Bali.  She is currently engaged in establishing a studio and workshop for artists with disabilities in the mountains of Bali.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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http://www.storymakersshow.com/the-artists-ability-shaping-a-memoir-shaping-a-creative-life-a-conversation-with-author-joyce-scott-2/feed/ 1 Joyce has an amazing, important story to tell about an artist, Joyce’s twin sister Judy, who had so much against her--undiagnosed deafness, Down’s Syndrome in a time when differences were institutionalized, Joyce has an amazing, important story to tell about an artist, Joyce’s twin sister Judy, who had so much against her--undiagnosed deafness, Down’s Syndrome in a time when differences were institutionalized, and years away from her family--only to find her artistic “voice” when in their middle age Joyce gained guardianship of Judy and brought her to California and to Creative Growth. Book Writing World 41:46
Episode 38: Books from All Angles: A Publisher, Editor and Book Reviewer Brian Hurley http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-38-books-from-all-angles-a-publisher-editor-and-book-reviewer-brian-hurley/ Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:23:26 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=695

Guilt, failure, negative reviews… We dig into the good stuff and the hard stuff with the wonderful Brian Hurley, a publisher, editor and passionate reviewer of books, including what authors need to know going into publishing. We discuss why, when a book wins an award, it’s Amazon ratings will actually go down! Big publishers operated on a “Hollywood model” where a few successes support many “failures,” and Brian looks at the alternative small presses supply, plus the importance of knowing what you want out of publishing. We also talked about book reviewing as a creative and intellectual and exciting activity, what makes a strong review and the process of writing one, and the broad and deep and eclectic way Brian immersed himself in the art of the book review until he understood the form and its patterns. Brian is knee-deep in forthcoming book. What’s that like? How does he choose which books to review? Hint: “Henry James is going to have to wait.” We got into how editing impacts his writing. He writes the marketing copy as he writes his book, again and again, sometimes letting the marketing copy lead the plot. In addition to running Fiction Advocate, a small press and online publication interested in the cross-pollinations of criticism, personal essay and fiction, he works for Callisto Media, a start-up book publisher, that uses an SEO model with a high rate of success: “we don’t publish any splashy books, but they rarely, rarely fail.” We discuss both these ventures as well as who should not review books, father-son relationships, dead dads, and more.

Links Discussed:

Matthew Galloway

Isaac Fitzgerald Interview

Maria Bustillos on Isaac Fitzgerald


The Scientists
 By Marco Roth

Ethan Canin interview on Terri Gross

 

Brian Hurley

Brian Hurley

Brian Hurley is Books Editor at The Rumpus and an Editor at Fiction Advocate. His literary criticism has appeared in The Millions, Electric Literature, and Full Stop. Formerly the linguistics editor at Oxford University Press, he is now a Senior Managing Editor at Callisto Media in Berkeley, CA.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Guilt, failure, negative reviews… We dig into the good stuff and the hard stuff with the wonderful Brian Hurley, a publisher, editor and passionate reviewer of books, including what authors need to know going into publishing. We discuss why, Guilt, failure, negative reviews… We dig into the good stuff and the hard stuff with the wonderful Brian Hurley, a publisher, editor and passionate reviewer of books, including what authors need to know going into publishing. We discuss why, when a book wins an award, it's Amazon ratings will actually go down! Book Writing World 45:18
Episode 37: Shaping Memoir, Inventing Scene: A Discussion with Ground-breaking Feminist Economist Myra Strober http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-37-shaping-memoir-invientiing-scene-a-discussion-with-ground-breaking-femenist-economist-myra-strober/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:50:59 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=671

We had an inspiring and far-ranging conversation with feminist economist Myra Strober about her new memoir, Sharing the Work:What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others). We examined differences between memoir writing, fiction, and academic writing, and how Myra used theme as a filter to shape and cut her memoir. We talked about changing names, asking for permission, and sharing the work ahead of time with the people who are in it; uses of summary and scene and the balance between the two; tight writing and loose writing; memory versus invention in scene and especially in dialogue, and the unexpected relationship between truth and guessing. We delved into the economics of being a writer, and into writing habits or the lack thereof, and into time as a character. Literacy and its far-ranging impacts came up, as did dream writing, writing in dreams, and writing in the middle of the night.

 

LINKS:

Ellen Sussman

Diane Middlebrook/ her biography of Anne Sexton

Virginia Woolf To the Lighthouse

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Bill Clegg Did You Ever Have a Family?

MryaStrober.com

Sharing the Work:What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)

 

Myra Strober

Myra Strober

Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor Emerita at the School of Education at Stanford University. She is also Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (by courtesy). Myra’s research and consulting focus on gender issues at the workplace, and work and family. She is the author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare, feminist economics and the teaching of economics. She is also co-author, with Agnes Chan, of The Road Winds Uphill All the Way: Gender, Work, and Family in the United States and Japan (1999).

Myra is officially retired, but she continues to teach a course on work and family at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Myra was the founding director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford. She was also the first chair of the National Council for Research on Women (now called Re: Gender), a consortium of U.S. centers for research on women, which today has more than 100 member centers. Myra was President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, and Vice President of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund (now Legal Momentum). She was an associate editor of Feminist Economics and a member of the Board of Trustees of Mills College.

Over the years, Myra has consulted with several corporations on improved utilization of women in management and on work-family issues. She has also been an expert witness in cases involving the valuation of work in the home, sex discrimination, and sexual harassment.

Myra holds a BS degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, an MA in economics from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

Myra is married to Dr. Jay Jackman. She also has one ex-husband, two grown children, three grown step- children, one son-in-law, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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We had an inspiring and far-ranging conversation with feminist economist Myra Strober about her new memoir, Sharing the Work:What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others). We had an inspiring and far-ranging conversation with feminist economist Myra Strober about her new memoir, Sharing the Work:What My Family and Career Taught Me About Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others). We examined differences between memoir writing, fiction, and academic writing, and how Myra used theme as a filter to shape and cut her memoir. Book Writing World 41:15
Episode 36: Breaking Down Traditional and Non-Traditional Publishing with Nina Amir http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-36-breaking-down-traditional-and-non-traditional-publishing-with-nina-amir/ Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:00:38 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=664

We broke open the traditional publishing/ self-publishing dichotomy in this conversation, having the most exciting discussion on platform building, purpose, marketing and creativity that maybe we’ve ever had. Nina straddles traditional publishing and self-publishing, doing well in both. Here, we really dig into those worlds and where they meet, where they part, and how they can work together. Nina showed us how to pitch fiction and non-fiction, what it really means to build reach and visibility as an author, and how to get inspired to do it. We even put her on the spot by getting her to pitch her novel-in-progress to us, which she did beautifully. And she gives us her top advice for authors, regarding changing your attitude and embracing all aspects of a writing life. Don’t miss this episode!

 

LINKS:

 

Her forthcoming book Creative Visualization for Writers: An Interactive Guide to Life

How to Blog a Book

Create a Winning Pitch

The Author Training Manual

Fuse Literary

San Francisco Writers Conference

Ninaamir.com

http://BooksByNinaAmir.com

Nina Amir

Nina Amir

Nina Amir is a nine-time Amazon bestselling author of 17 titles, including How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual.  She helps aspiring authors impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Her clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses, and created thriving businesses from their books. She founded National Nonfiction Writing Month. Six of her books were on the Amazon Top 100 list simultaneously.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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We broke open the traditional publishing/ self-publishing dichotomy in this conversation, having the most exciting discussion on platform building, purpose, marketing and creativity that maybe we’ve ever had. We broke open the traditional publishing/ self-publishing dichotomy in this conversation, having the most exciting discussion on platform building, purpose, marketing and creativity that maybe we’ve ever had. Nina straddles traditional publishing and self-publishing, doing well in both. Here, we really dig into those worlds and where they meet, where they part, and how they can work together. Nina showed us how to pitch fiction and non-fiction, what it really means to build reach and visibility as an author, and how to get inspired to do it. <br /> <br /> Visit: http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-36-breaking-down-traditional-and-non-traditional-publishing-with-nina-amir to learn more. Book Writing World 38:16
Episode 35: Jabari Asim http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-35-jabari-asim/ Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:00:57 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=653

 

It was an honor and a joy to sit down (virtually) with Jabari Asim and talk about just how a man with five children and a big deal job manages to be so productive across so many genres. Hint: write in your head when you can’t sit down; write on trains, write by hand, start in the middle, and marshall what you might consider a “not great attention span” into a tremendous breadth of work–fiction, non-fiction, plays, poetry, children’s books and journalism, with a past stint in screenwriting. He advocated a “noncommittal investigation” as a useful approach to writing about potentially explosive topics, and talked about the “counter-narrative work” that a lot of writers of color, women, gay writers, etc. do, how to break from the master narrative and the ways it’s about power, not race. Other rich threads of conversation include: the three readers he keeps in mind as he’s writing, listening to your characters and developing them, using omniscience and cinematic techniques in the novel, plot, the separation of politics and art, theme, visualizing your published book, and balancing humility and editing. He had great advice as an editor for those submitting to magazines and journals, and more great advice on writing children’s books. This is an episode not to miss!

Links:

W.E.B. Dubois

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison in Esquire

Toni Morrison

Edward Jones

Joyce Carol Oates

Leon Forrest

Richard Wright

Richard Wright Haiku

Marsha Hayles – Breathing Room

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Henry Dumas

Jabari Asim

Jabari Asim

JABARI ASIM is an associate professor at Emerson College, where he directs the MFA program in creative writing. He is also the Executive Editor of The Crisis magazine, a preeminent journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the NAACP and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He is the author of 12 books, including The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn’t, And Why, What Obama Means: For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future, A Taste Of Honey: Stories and Only The Strong, a novel. His books for children include Whose Toes Are Those?, Fifty Cents And A Dream, and Preaching To The Chickens, forthcoming in October.

His reviews, essays and cultural criticism have been published in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, the Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and Essence Magazine, among others.

His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, the Carter G. Woodson Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, a Jefferson Cup Honor from the Virginia Library Association, and two NAACP Image Award nominations.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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It was an honor and a joy to sit down (virtually) with Jabari Asim and talk about just how a man with five children and a big deal job manages to be so productive across so many genres. It was an honor and a joy to sit down (virtually) with Jabari Asim and talk about just how a man with five children and a big deal job manages to be so productive across so many genres. Book Writing World 45:43
Episode 34:The Permissive Writer: Ann Packer on Writing, Revision and Intuition http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-34the-permissive-writer-ann-packer-on-writing-revision-and-intuition/ Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:00:19 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=648

Best-selling author of three novels and two story collections, Ann Packer sat down with us to talk about writing for herself on her own schedule, about two different kinds of revision, about having a sense of the emotional shape of a book before she begins. We discussed the differences between a novel and a collection of short stories, even when the stories are linked, and about the process of organizing a collection. We got into what fuels your stories, and the distinction between story and plot, the importance of writing freely in a first draft, the timing for readers and what they can offer the writer and the creative process–and what they can’t. We talked about what she knows before she starts, and what she discovers on the way. Other topics include point of view, self-confidence, publishing, luck, reader revelations v. character revelations, and fear of flying (the actual thing, not Erica Jong’s book).



The Children’s Crusade


Songs Without Words


Mendocino and Other Stories


Swim Back to Me


The Dive from Clausen’s Pier

Links Discussed:

SFO’s Fear of Flying Clinic

Alice Munro

Book Writing World Classes

Ann Packer

Ann Packer

Author

Ann Packer was born in Stanford, California, in 1959, and grew up near Stanford University, where her parents were professors. She attended Yale University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Michener-Copernicus Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is the acclaimed author of two collections of short fiction, Swim Back to Me and Mendocino and Other Stories, and three bestselling novels, The Children’s CrusadeSongs Without Words and The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, which received the Kate Chopin Literary Award, among many other prizes and honors. Her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthologies, and her novels have been published around the world.

Ann returned to her native Bay Area in 1995. She lives in San Carlos with her family.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Best-selling author of three novels and two story collections, Ann Packer sat down with us to talk about writing for herself on her own schedule, about two different kinds of revision, about having a sense of the emotional shape of a book before she be... Best-selling author of three novels and two story collections, Ann Packer sat down with us to talk about writing for herself on her own schedule, about two different kinds of revision, about having a sense of the emotional shape of a book before she begins. Book Writing World 41:51
Episode 33: Setting, Creative Process, and Freedom in Art and Writing: a talk with Adam Wolpert http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-33-adam-wolpert/ Sat, 04 Jun 2016 16:39:03 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=602

When is the Work Complete? Setting, Creative Process, and Freedom in Art and Writing

Adam Wolpert is a painter who blogs beautifully about the creative process, and our conversation began by looking at the moment when you’re shifting out of a big a long extended project and finding the next one–something writers certainly face as well. This led into an exploration of the powers of creative constraints, of setting limits on your projects–and the unexpected and deep freedom that produces. Come Out of Your Artist’s Closet! We talked about the kind of breakout work you might hold yourself back from doing because it doesn’t fit your “brand” or the vision the world has of the work you do. We talked about nature and culture, self and connection, and fame: desire for immortality or a backstage pass?  We dug into setting–the use of landscape in painting and in storytelling and the ways that what settings gives us is the observer rather than or as much as the observed. We talked about the art world, diversity and intimidation, and the dangers of comparing yourself to “the masters.” We discussed metrics for judging when the work is done, and ways to look at the work that give you distance and perspective on it. And we talked about the process of writing a blog that captures the authentic process of creativity.

 

Links Discussed:

 Esalen

Adamwolpert.com

India, by Stanley Wolpert: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520260320

A New History of India, by Stanley Wolpert: http://www.amazon.com/New-History-India-Stanley-Wolpert/dp/0195337565/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1464908114&sr=1-3&keywords=stanley+wolpert

All Stanley Wolpert books in print:

Fear of Flying Course at SFO

Link to SF MOMA: 

Jeff Koons Michael Jackson balloon art: 

The Bonnard  show at the Legion of Honor: 

 

 

Adam Wolpert

Adam Wolpert

Employing a range of techniques and motifs, the work of painter Adam Wolpert reflects a lifelong engagement with Nature.

His varied imagery explores the themes of cycles, relationships and balance, and investigates the subtle distinction between the representational and the abstract. His earlier naturalistic outdoor work speaks of his relationship with the land, in particular his home in West Sonoma County at the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC).

A passionate artist from an early age, Wolpert explored the media of performance, ceramics, sculpture, and collage before turning seriously to painting while earning his BFA from the University of California Santa Barbara. After a rigorous 2-year training in classical realism at Studio Cecil-Graves in Florence, Italy, where he immersed himself in the work of the great European masters, Wolpert completed an MFA at UC San Diego. He has had major gallery representation since 1988, including many solo exhibitions and group shows and 18 years with the Jan Baum Gallery in Los Angeles. Wolpert co-founded the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in 1994 and has taught and lectured extensively throughout California.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Adam Wolpert is a painter who blogs beautifully about the creative process, and our conversation began by looking at the moment when you're shifting out of a big a long extended project and finding the next one--something writers certainly face as well... Adam Wolpert is a painter who blogs beautifully about the creative process, and our conversation began by looking at the moment when you're shifting out of a big a long extended project and finding the next one--something writers certainly face as well. This led into an exploration of the powers of creative constraints, of setting limits on your projects--and the unexpected and deep freedom that produces. Book Writing World 58:55
Episode 32: Vision, Values and Collaboration: a talk with Heather Haggerty and Nanou Matteson http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-32-vision-values-and-collaboration-a-talk-with-heather-haggerty-and-nanou-matteson/ Thu, 26 May 2016 11:00:18 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=594

Heather Haggerty and Nanou Matteson are a superteam of film producers who brought us the recent award-winning comedy starring Rita Moreno and previous Story Makers podcast guest Steve Goldbloom. Their film East Side Sushi has also had remarkable success. We dig into the creative side of marketing your art and its connection to your values, about when and how to consider your audience, about keeping your budget small and your quality high. We talked about creating a fictional world and about the importance of the look of a film in conveying story. They discussed the mistake of writing off an elderly character or assuming a character has to be the race, gender or sexual identity they start of being in a script. We got into subtext, and when being “on the nose” can be useful, the pleasures and practice of collaboration, the structure for an outline or story templates, and their uses and shortcomings, and the importance of transformation.

Links:


The Visual Story

Save The Cat

Film Specific, Stacey Parks

Steve Goldbloom

Anthony Lucero

Saudi Arabian film, Wadjda

The film, Brooklyn

The Lives of Others

Lindsay Doran’s Three Rules

Mira Nair director of Monsoon Wedding Masala

Mike Mills film, Beginners

Cocktail, Jean Cocteau

Pixar Storytelling Template:

Once upon a time there was ___.

Every day, ___.

One day ___.

Because of that, ___.

Because of that, ___.

Until finally ___.

Heather Haggerty & Nanou Matteson

Heather Haggerty & Nanou Matteson

Currently, Matteson and Haggarty have a feature film titled Remember Me starring Rita Moreno and silver screen newcomer Steve Goldbloom in festivals. They are also producers on the feature film, Carrie Pilby, starring Bel Powley, Gabriel Byrne and Nathan Lane, which is in post-production.  Their last feature was the critically acclaimed East Side Sushi, won 13 Audience/Best Narrative/Best Screenplay/Jury Awards on the festival circuit in 2015, has had its national US theatrical run since September 2015 and is being distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Mayer and Sony.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Heather Haggerty and Nanou Matteson are a superteam of film producers who brought us the recent award-winning comedy starring Rita Moreno and previous Story Makers podcast guest Steve Goldbloom. Their film East Side Sushi has also had remarkable succes... Heather Haggerty and Nanou Matteson are a superteam of film producers who brought us the recent award-winning comedy starring Rita Moreno and previous Story Makers podcast guest Steve Goldbloom. Their film East Side Sushi has also had remarkable success. We dig into the creative side of marketing your art and its connection to your values, about when and how to consider your audience, about keeping your budget small and your quality high. Book Writing World 58:03
Episode 31: Your work in the world: a talk with Peg Alford Pursell http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-31-your-work-in-the-world-a-talk-with-peg-alford-pursell/ Thu, 19 May 2016 11:00:09 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=574

We had a lively and important conversation with author, publisher and literary curator Peg Alford Pursell, about the publishing landscape and how writers can successfully interact with it. Peg, who runs the popular reading series Why There Are Words, is launching an independent press with the same name. Starting with craft, we discussed forming a collection of stories as and after individual stories are produced, finding echoes, juxtapositions and correspondences between stories, and seeing new correspondences “that I had not imagined.” We talked about the way that the objects in the story carry emotional weight, tone, and do a lot of characterization. We also dug into what readers bring to a book, the fine line between mystery or intuition and intention in shaping your story, and the way that embracing the possibility the impossibility of objectivity allows her to release the work out into the world. She also probed the troubled area of letting go of your work–when and how to release it to the world, with a detailed look at the process of revision. Then we get her to switch hats and talk about the same issues from the point of view of the editor as she prepares to watch her own imprint and in her long history of curating the acclaimed reading series Why There are Words. Peg pointed out that profit and loss sheets are driving corporate publishing, and Angie drew parallels to the Hollywood studio system and its shortcomings. We talk very concretely about the amount of work it takes to get a manuscript ready to go out into the world, and how to know when you’re merely saturated, and when you’re actually done. Given the current playing field, should new authors shift their strategies for getting published? We got advice as well on starting a reading series, the pleasures and pitfalls, about publicists, publicity and self-promotion for authors (what you need to know), and then, circling back to writing, we touched on the art of compression and sensing the ending, since Peg writes some very short flash fiction.  WTAW Press will be opening for book-length prose submissions June 15, 2016. “I want those voices that need to be heard. Please let people know that.” — Peg Alford Pursell

Links:


Ariel

Ariel: The Restored Edition, a Facsimile of Plath’s Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

Margaret the First

 Margaret the First published by Catapult Press

Dorothy A Publishing Project

Michael Ondaatje

Why There Are Words reading series

WTAW Press

Graywolf editor interview on Literary Hub

The Rumpus essay Elizabeth cited

The Sun essay Elizabeth cited

http://www.wtawpress.org/

https://www.facebook.com/wtawpress/?fref=ts

https://whytherearewords.com/

https://www.facebook.com/WhyThereAreWords/?fref=ts

http://www.pegalfordpursell.com/

Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell

Peg Alford Pursell is a writer, editor, teacher, literary community builder, and all-around good egg. She’s the author of the forthcoming SHOW HER A FLOWER, A BIRD, A SHADOW (ELJ Editions, March 2017).

Her stories have been published in or are forthcoming from VOLT, Soundings Review, RHINO, Permafrost, Eleven Eleven, Tupelo Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, The Quotable, Joyland, Staccato Fiction, Emprise Review, Annalemma, The Fabulist, Sugar Mule, Blotterature, Her Royal Majesty, Pure Francis, and others.

Two of her stories were performed at Stories on Stage in Sacramento. Her 90-word, one-sentence story “Fragmentation” is the title story of Fragmentation and Other Stories (Burrow Press, 2011). Her 990-word story “Project,” published inAnnalemma Magazine, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She evidently has an affinity for stories with word counts that are multiples of nine.

She lives in Northern California and curates the literary series Why There Are Words, held monthly in Sausalito. She is the founding editor of WTAW Press, an independent publisher of literary books. Peg also founded North Bay Writers Workshops. She works as a freelance editor and writing coach.

She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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We had a lively and important conversation with author, publisher and literary curator Peg Alford Pursell, about the publishing landscape and how writers can successfully interact with it. Peg, who runs the popular reading series Why There Are Words, We had a lively and important conversation with author, publisher and literary curator Peg Alford Pursell, about the publishing landscape and how writers can successfully interact with it. Peg, who runs the popular reading series Why There Are Words, is launching an independent press with the same name. Book Writing World 48:43
Episode 30: Structure and Resistance: a talk with Angie Powers http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-30-structure-and-resistance-a-talk-with-angie-powers/ Thu, 12 May 2016 11:15:27 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=582

My conversation with Angie Powers, co-host of Story Makers Show, began with the process and pleasure of telling yourself a story. We discussed what she did and did not get from her MFA program, including an understanding of structure and revision, which led us into the art of revision and the relationship between revision and planning or structure. There is a balance between finding the story as you go and outlining the story for yourself. We talked about finding that balance even within the process of outlining. Also discussed: the secret to writing and where not to look for it, the art of simplifying, the benefits of small, concrete work goals, specificity and subtext, and the questions, large and small, that  keep your reader interested from one story turn to the next. Angie lays out a seven-step structure for story in a quick overview and explains why the seven steps are not a formula and what made Angie overcome her resistance and embrace them as a tool that helps her tell stories.

Links:

The Art of Fiction

Middlesex

Jesus’ Son

Citizen

Royal Institute of Magic Series

The Da Vinci Code


Screenplay

HBO TV Series Girls by Lena Dunham

Angie Powers

Book Writing World

Angie Powers

Angie Powers

Where to begin? The story starts a long, long time ago, back when the first Dot Com bubble was building, and I had just graduated from college with one of the two least lucrative degrees one can get – History.

Armed with witty banter and a desire to live in San Francisco I promptly found a job at a gay home rental agency during one of the worst housing crunches in SF history. And while $11/hour was a step up from the fat bank of work-study, it wasn’t enough to keep me down on the farm.

So, I got a job at a puppet company. And while it might seem like an odd place to bloom, okay, bloom is a strong word for what actually happened, it was at this job I discovered my love of technology. I still remember the moment when I learned to send messages to users through the Novell network (this was back in the days of Windows 3.1 – actually, it was in the days of windows 98, but the people at this company weren’t rushing into upgrading) and brought our financial guy screaming out of his back office because he had no idea what had just happened to his computer. From there, I took apart computers and put cards in them, and then I discovered HTML.

Needless to say, I never looked back.

Since then, I’ve been very lucky to have jobs that let me do what I do best – learn and communicate. And since then, I’ve learned about php, css, javascript, FCP, shooting video, color correction, what the inside of a recording studio looks like and copywriting.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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My conversation with Angie Powers, co-host of Story Makers Show, began with the process and pleasure of telling yourself a story. We discussed what she did and did not get from her MFA program, including an understanding of structure and revision, My conversation with Angie Powers, co-host of Story Makers Show, began with the process and pleasure of telling yourself a story. We discussed what she did and did not get from her MFA program, including an understanding of structure and revision, which led us into the art of revision and the relationship between revision and planning or structure. Book Writing World 44:34
Episode 29: Craft and Plot in Novel and Memoir. A talk with Janis Cooke Newman. http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-29-craft-and-plot-in-novel-and-memoir-a-talk-with-janis-cooke-newman/ Thu, 05 May 2016 11:00:46 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=567

We had such a rich and helpful conversation with the multitalented Janis Cooke Newman, author of memoir and novels, editor of the newly launched Technically Literate column of fictional short stories on CNET, and leader of LitCamp. We talked about the isolation of writing and ways to undercut that. We delved into the great origin stories of her books–where to find inspiration and what makes an idea a good one. We delved into craft, from the necessity of writing dialogue and the scenes in memoir to the differences between plotting a memoir and a novel to the way a character who really want something provides an unbeatable engine for your book. We talked about how she curates and edits the contributors to Technically Literate, and the intersection of technology and the literature in the bay area and Silicon Valley/San Francisco. Other topics include: the art and struggle of the letting go of pages that are no longer necessary to the work, the experience of being edited, letting your readers worry about your characters for longer to create tension and suspense and to raise the stakes, the need for clear objectives for your characters with measurable results, how to interweave multiple points of view in a book, the benefits of narrative distance, of the narrator having some perspective on the events being described, and more. So much inspiration!

Links:

 


A Master Plan For Rescue


Mary


The Last Flight of Poxl West


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


The Anatomy of Story

 Lit Camp 

Lit Quake

Squaw Valley Writers Conference

Alexander Chee

Michelle Richmond

Janis Cooke Newman

Twitter: @Janice Newman

Lit camp

Technically Literate

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman

Janis Cooke Newman is the author of the novel, A Master Plan for Rescue, which was an SF Chronicle Best Book of 2015. She is also the author of Mary, which was an LA Times Book Prize Finalist and USA Today’s Historical Novel of the Year, and the memoir, The Russian Word for Snow. She is editor-at-large of Technically Literate, CNET’s new fiction series, and the founder of the Lit Camp writers’ conference.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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We had such a rich and helpful conversation with the multitalented Janis Cooke Newman, author of memoir and novels, editor of the newly launched Technically Literate column of fictional short stories on CNET, and leader of LitCamp. We had such a rich and helpful conversation with the multitalented Janis Cooke Newman, author of memoir and novels, editor of the newly launched Technically Literate column of fictional short stories on CNET, and leader of LitCamp. We talked about the isolation of writing and ways to undercut that. Book Writing World 44:45
Episode 28: What the Wolf and the Editor Know That You Must Learn. A talk with Dorothy Hearst. http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-28-what-the-wolf-and-the-editor-know-that-you-must-learn-a-talk-with-dorothy-hearst/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:00:06 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=559

We had a far-ranging conversation with the multi-talented author of the trilogy The Wolf Chronicles, professional developmental and acquisitions editor and now, first-time screenplay writer Dorothy Hearst. She shared how her ideas and inspirations arrive and develop, how science can thicken a plot, negative self-talk (the downfall of many writers), and so much more. From human-animal-plant co-evolution to character building to revision, myth and symbol, and the shape of story, we delved and discussed concerns of the writer. Then we turned to Dorothy’s expertise as an editor and crafter of compelling jacket copy and talked about the art of proposals and platforms and what the editor can tell us about how to succeed. She gives us her take-aways from being a hands-on editor of books already agented or purchased by publishers, as well as tips for writing a proposal that will sell–and tells us why even the best book can’t be purchased by every editor. And did I mention we cover a brief history of storytelling technologies, and where to find inspiration for audacity and fearless writing?

LINKS:


Spirit of the Wolves


The Science of the Magical


The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World


The Truth about Dogs


The Hero’s Journey


Grass


The Family Tree


When They Severed Earth From Sky

The International Wolf Conference

Avatar

A River Runs Through It 

A Bit of Fry and Laurie

http://DorothyHearst.com

Dorothy Hearst

Dorothy Hearst

Dorothy Hearst is the author of the Wolf Chronicles novels: Promise of the Wolves, Secrets of the Wolves, and Spirit of the Wolves, which tell the story how the wolf became the dog from the wolf’s perspective.  Narrated by Kaala, a young wolf living 14,000 years ago the books are based on the theory of wolf-human coevolution and explore our long relationship with wolves nad the wildness the represent.  Dorothy is an acquiring editor at Sounds True, a mission-driven publisher of titles that inspire, support, and serve personal transformation, spiritual awakening, and their expression in the world. She is a professional proposal writer and freelance developmental editor. Previously she was a Senior Editor at Jossey-Bass/Wiley.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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We had a far-ranging conversation with the multi-talented author of the trilogy The Wolf Chronicles, professional developmental and acquisitions editor and now, first-time screenplay writer Dorothy Hearst. She shared how her ideas and inspirations arri... We had a far-ranging conversation with the multi-talented author of the trilogy The Wolf Chronicles, professional developmental and acquisitions editor and now, first-time screenplay writer Dorothy Hearst. She shared how her ideas and inspirations arrive and develop, how science can thicken a plot, negative self-talk (the downfall of many writers), and so much more. Book Writing World 48:19
Episode 27: Creative Problem Solving: a talk with filmmaker Juan Davis http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-27-creative-problem-solving-a-talk-with-filmmaker-juan-davis/ Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=551

Problems with sound? Extras don’t show up? In this far-ranging conversation with filmmaker Juan Davis,  a writer/ director with experience in sound, editing and just about every other area of film, we learn just how projects morph and problems can shape a stronger film in the end. From giving voice to the voiceless and showing a film about terrorism in troubled times to the art of transitions, arc and ambiguity, this conversation will inspire story makers of all stripes.

Juan is the writer/ director of a documentary, horror shorts, and a powerful new short film about a young middle eastern boy who witnesses war and is forever changed. He’s also just finished a feature script. We get the low down on the differences between documentary and narrative, and on Juan’s drafting and revision techniques, including reading the draft out loud to yourself, acting it out, the importance of taking notes as you go, and the depth of research he does. (You won’t want to miss the hilarious story of how Juan came to make a documentary.) Short film v. long? Juan talks about differences in set-up, hitting key points as fast as possible, starting with the most important part of the story right away, and getting your point across in a short time. We discuss the dearth of African-American horror filmmakers and why he’s drawn to the genre and how he’s doing something different with horror, including reversing character expectations. We also speculate about the reasons behind the reemergence of exposition in written narrative, and the practice of stealing shots from admired films.

Links:

Juan-Davis.com

Twitter: @the1juandavis

Facebook: director.juan.davis


A Hero’s Journey


On Directing Film

Story Logic and the Craft of Fiction

Laurie Broadnaux

Thaddeus Dickens

Thaddeus Dickens Jr.

Steven King

The Adventures of Tintin

Cinema Paradiso

Juan Davis

Juan Davis

Juan Davis was born and raised in South Boston, VA.  He is a veteran of the United States Air Force.   He is a graduate of Academy of Art University with a MFA in motion pictures and television. He also holds a BS from East Carolina University where his concentration was in media production.  He started his career as a video editor, editing for a long list of independent companies.     He currently resides in northern California and is an award winning filmmaker.  Some of his films include, short film “Lou’s Prey”  nominated for best cinematography in Academy of Art University’s prestigious Annual Epidemic Film Festival.  It was also an official selection to the Hollywood Black Film Festival, acknowledged as the Black Sundance, the St Louis Black Film Festival and the Oakland International Film Festival.  His documentary film “The Peacemakers” was the recipient of the best documentary award at the Equality International Film Festival,the Audience Choice Award at the I Hella Love Shorts Film Festival in Oakland, CA and it was nominated for best documentary at the Academy of Art University Media Awards. His most recent film “Rebel Child” has been officially selected to 11 film festivals and has been the recipient of two awards and 5 award nominations. He has also collaborated with a host of other filmmakers taking on various roles on different productions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Problems with sound? Extras don’t show up? In this far-ranging conversation with filmmaker Juan Davis, a writer/ director with experience in sound, editing and just about every other area of film, we learn just how projects morph and problems can shap... Problems with sound? Extras don’t show up? In this far-ranging conversation with filmmaker Juan Davis, a writer/ director with experience in sound, editing and just about every other area of film, we learn just how projects morph and problems can shape a stronger film in the end. From giving voice to the voiceless and showing a film about terrorism in troubled times to the art of transitions, arc and ambiguity, this conversation will inspire story makers of all stripes. Book Writing World 44:48
Episode 26: The Agent’s Perspective: What Aspiring Writers Need to Know Plus Lots of Great Information for Children’s, Middle Grade and YA Authors! http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-26-the-agents-perspective-what-aspiring-writers-need-to-know-plus-lots-of-great-information-for-childrens-middle-grade-and-ya-authors/ Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=528

This was such a helpful and inspiring conversation with new literary agent Jennifer Soloway, who went to grad school with Angie and who shares her journey to becoming an agent, how she fell in love with the work, her process for selecting clients, how to pitch your work, what she looks for, how she edits, and so much more. This is a must-listen show for anyone looking for an agent and also for anyone writing children’s through YA literature (though lots of what she talked about applies to all stories). She tells you how to grab the attention of a reader and goes step by step through the query process–from your end and from hers. We talk about why you can’t chase the trends but must write the story you’re compelled to write, but we also look at what she’d love to see in her inbox and opportunities for YA. We dig into the differences between the various age levels of books, from the writer’s perspective, in terms of point of view, length, levels of violence and romance and so on. Plus creativity and craft tips, including: finding and identifying your inner youthful mindset, and what builds voice and how voice makes us love a character. Jennifer also talks about how to approach every negative as a positive in editorial work–what she calls the magic of revision. She’s a dynamite, uplifting guide to the business side of books.

Links

Memento Mori

The Catcher in the Rye

Planet Tad

Wonder

Make It Stick

Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Big Sur Writing Workshops

SF Writers Conference

Ethel Rohan

SCBWI

Elizabeth George

Great post about length

Surrogates with Bruce Willis

So Much Synth by Brenda Shaughnessy

Jennifer March Soloway

Jennifer March Soloway

JENNIFER MARCH SOLOWAY is an assistant agent, working closely with Executive Agent Laura Rennert. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult.

Jennifer is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative.

Prior to joining ABLA, Jennifer worked in marketing and public relations in a variety of industries, including financial services, health care, and toys. She has an MFA in English and Creative Writing from Mills College, and was a fellow at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto in 2012. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two sons, and an English bulldog.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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This was such a helpful and inspiring conversation with new literary agent Jennifer Soloway, who went to grad school with Angie and who shares her journey to becoming an agent, how she fell in love with the work, her process for selecting clients, This was such a helpful and inspiring conversation with new literary agent Jennifer Soloway, who went to grad school with Angie and who shares her journey to becoming an agent, how she fell in love with the work, her process for selecting clients, how to pitch your work, what she looks for, how she edits, and so much more. Book Writing World 47:29
Episode 25: Revolutionary Llamas and Sentient Squirrels: Plotting a Mystery and More. A talk with Nicholas P. Taylor http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-25-revolutionary-llamas-and-sentient-squirrels-plotting-a-mystery-and-more-a-talk-with-nicholas-p-taylor/ Fri, 08 Apr 2016 16:55:06 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=522

Nicholas P. Taylor has an alias. The acclaimed author of two historical novels, Nick took up with mysteries under the name T.T. Monday. The second, Double Switch, was recently released, and we tracked him down to talk genre switching, research, the two plots you have to know, the art of the quick and dirty timeline, and the differences between a thriller and a mystery. We touched on the psychology of hyper-masculinity, character development and wish fulfillment, and of course, because we pride ourselves on our craft-focused but far-ranging conversations, sentient animals and communicative fungi. You’ll learn how fiction differs from life and why it should, the process of plotting a detective novel, and its difference from writing literary fiction, some rules for writing series, the necessity of throwing away pages and drafts, following character v following story, the importance of voice, and who was the first published author in California. Plus more, much more. Links Discussed:

The Confessions of Nat Turner

How to Write Killer Fiction

The Portable Veblen

Midnight Cowboy (Film)

A.S. Byatt

Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald 

Batman

Lauren Groff

I Am Trying to Break Your Heart A Film About Wilco by Sam Jones

Nicholas P. Taylor

Nicholas P. Taylor

T.T. Monday is the pseudonym of novelist Nick Taylor, author of The Disagreement (2008) and Father Junípero’s Confessor (2013). Double Switch (2016) is the second novel to feature the Johnny Adcock, following The Setup Man (2014). He lives in California.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Nicholas P. Taylor has an alias. The acclaimed author of two historical novels, Nick took up with mysteries under the name T.T. Monday. Nicholas P. Taylor has an alias. The acclaimed author of two historical novels, Nick took up with mysteries under the name T.T. Monday. Book Writing World 45:05
Episode 24: What the Art of Storytelling Teaches All Story Makers. A talk with Hari Meyers http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-24-what-the-art-of-storytelling-teaches-all-story-makers-a-talk-with-hari-meyers/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 11:00:19 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=512

What of the storyteller who stands before a live audience, to entrance, to entertain, to warn, to engage? What can we learn from the most ancient form of story making? Today we talk with acclaimed storyteller–and former psychotherapist–Hari Meyers about the art, archetypes and activism of the storyteller. In his latest project, Hari is resurrecting the reference for the goddess Isis away from the terrorist organization. We dig into archetypal understandings of character and mythical structure, the ways to tell psychological propaganda from a particular time versus deeper internal question in a story, and the necessity of exhausting a character’s flaws as you move toward empathy. The thrill of live theater, the amplification provided by a large audience, the purposes of story and even the failings of Freud as storyteller come under our examination in this far ranging conversation that gets to the ur-art under all story making: live myth telling.

Links Discussed:


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


Oedipus in Colonus


The Epic Gilgamesh


The Iliad and the Odyssey


The Great Gatsby


The First Bad Man


The 12 Labors of Hercules


Science of the Magical


The Mahabharata


Of Isis and Osiris

Joseph Campbell

King David and the story of David and Goliath

Medea the play 

Oedipus by Sophocles

Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama/ The Gospel at Colonus 

Johan Sebastian Bach

Walt Whitman

Tony Zhou video essays

 

Hari Meyers

Hari Meyers

 

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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What of the storyteller who stands before a live audience, to entrance, to entertain, to warn, to engage? What can we learn from the most ancient form of story making? Today we talk with acclaimed storyteller--and former psychotherapist--Hari Meyers ab... What of the storyteller who stands before a live audience, to entrance, to entertain, to warn, to engage? What can we learn from the most ancient form of story making? Today we talk with acclaimed storyteller--and former psychotherapist--Hari Meyers about the art, archetypes and activism of the storyteller. Book Writing World 45:13
Episode 23. Writing: Ambition, Habit or Addiction? A talk with Elizabeth Stark http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-23-writing-ambition-habit-or-addiction-a-talk-with-elizabeth-stark/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-23-writing-ambition-habit-or-addiction-a-talk-with-elizabeth-stark/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2016 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=507

This week Angie interviewed Elizabeth, just to get really meta or, you know, narcissistic. Actually, we thought this would be a good way to introduce us to our listeners: Who are these people asking these questions? Why are they so hungry to know everything about story? Angie pulls out her hardball questions and we dig how to make writing as high a priority as any other kind of work even though it’s not usually as lucrative, the tremendous freedom of writing badly, vulnerability, and what meditating and writing have in common. We talk about the importance of story and ways to find it, including extremism, bad behavior, flaws and the dangerous project of staying alive. We ponder whether a writer’s greatest fear is always also her greatest desire, and how intuition and fascination will fuel your writing. A little bit of life story, from pre-teen busking to years of morning pages, comes into play. And we end of talking a lot about Stephen King.

Links


Audition


On Writing


Misery


Lolita


Where You Dream


Sonny’s Blues


“The Langoliers”

Podcast Guest Nina Schuyler

Jessica Hinds

Ethan Canin

Bob Shacochis

“Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin

Writing Short Screenplays That Connect

 

Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark is co-host of the podcast Story Makers Show (http://StoryMakersShow.com), the author of the novel Shy Girl (FSG, Seal Press) and co-director and co-writer of several short films, including Little Mutinies, and a creative documentary FtF: Female to Femme (both distributed by Frameline). She earned an M.F.A. from Columbia University in Creative Writing. Take classes from her at http://BookWritingWorld.com. Elizabeth has also taught writing and literature at UCSC, Pratt Institute, the Peralta Colleges and Hobart & William Smith Colleges and was the Distinguished Fiction Writer at St. Mary’s College in 2010. Her writing has recently appeared in The Rumpus and she presented at the San Francisco Writers Conference in 2016. She’ll be launching the Sonoma Country Writers Camp this summer.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-23-writing-ambition-habit-or-addiction-a-talk-with-elizabeth-stark/feed/ 1 This week Angie interviewed Elizabeth, just to get really meta or, you know, narcissistic. Actually, we thought this would be a good way to introduce us to our listeners: Who are these people asking these questions? This week Angie interviewed Elizabeth, just to get really meta or, you know, narcissistic. Actually, we thought this would be a good way to introduce us to our listeners: Who are these people asking these questions? Why are they so hungry to know everything about story? Book Writing World 31:10
Episode 22: Would Your Story Make a Good Memoir? A Talk with Meredith Maran http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-22-would-your-story-make-a-good-memoir-a-talk-with-meredith-maran/ Thu, 10 Mar 2016 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=502

In this honest conversation with Meredith Maran, prolific memoirist, book reviewer, novelist and editor of the newly released Why We Write About Ourselves, we dive into the risks of writing a memoir whose story you are still living. Meredith gives us her excellent test for “memoirability”–how to tell if your story should be a memoir. Having just interviewed 20 top memoirists publishing today and now under contract and deadline for her own next memoir, Meredith is uniquely poised to talk about the challenges, rewards and necessary tests and tips for the genre. She also tells us how she “cheated on her agent” to pitch the book to an editor while the agent was out of town, and the key information she learned about whether to make her memoir humorous with touches of poignancy or poignant with traces of humor. Find out how Facebook and iCal served her writing process. Get crucial insight into a book reviewer’s perspective on publicity, the publishing world, the fate of a book and the future of freelance.

Books and links discussed:

Meredith Maran

Meredith’s Review of recent podcast guest Paul Lisicky’s memoir, The Narrow Door

Novelist Susan Sherman (her writing partner)

Counterpoint Press

Dan Smetanka, editor at Counterpoint

Olivia de Havilland

Abigail Thomas

Jennifer Egan

Kathryn Harrison 

Victor Frankel Institute

A.M. Holmes

Anne Lamott


A Theory of Small Earthquakes


What It’s Like to Live Now


A Seahorse Year


Just Kids


The Bean Trees


Anima, Vegetable, Miracle


Middlesex

Meredith Maran

Meredith Maran

Meredith Maran published her first poem in Highlights For Kids at age 6, her first national magazine article at age 15, and her first book at age 18. In the years that followed she built a house and raised goats outside Taos, installed brakes on the Ford assembly line in San Jose, and wrote an exposé of right-wing fundamentalism in Silicon Valley while working as a technical writer at National Semiconductor. After serving as Editor of the Banana Republic Catalogue (when Banana Republic was still cool), she created award-winning marketing campaigns for socially responsible businesses including Ben & Jerry’s, Working Assets, Stonyfield Farm, Smith & Hawken, and Odwalla.

Meredith has been a keynote speaker at venues including the SNAP Conference, the California Writer’s Club, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Charles Schwab Foundation, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Educators for Social Responsibility, and the Education Writers of America. She’s been Writer in Residence at UCLA and at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, and a fellow at MacDowell, YaddoVirginia Center for the Creative ArtsMesa Refuge, and Ragdale.
The author of a dozen nonfiction books and an acclaimed novel, Meredith is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the MacDowell Fellows West. She writes features, essays, and book reviews for People, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Simple, Mother Jones, Good Housekeeping, and other publications.

She lives in Silver Lake, Los Angeles.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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In this honest conversation with Meredith Maran, prolific memoirist, book reviewer, novelist and editor of the newly released Why We Write About Ourselves, we dive into the risks of writing a memoir whose story you are still living. In this honest conversation with Meredith Maran, prolific memoirist, book reviewer, novelist and editor of the newly released Why We Write About Ourselves, we dive into the risks of writing a memoir whose story you are still living. Book Writing World 55:12
Episode 21: Paul Lisicky http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-21-paul-lisicky/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-21-paul-lisicky/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2016 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=364

What does it feel like to be an overnight success after 17 years of publishing? In our lovely conversation with novelist, memoirist and essayist Paul Lisicky, we discuss the benefit of low expectations and the liberation of not worrying about having a huge audience followed by the surprise of getting one with his new memoir, The Narrow Door. We look at the role of discouragement in shaping a life/ life story, what it’s like to be writing the book while the story is still unfolding, inhabiting each moment of a narrative with feeling and intelligence, questions of perspective and time, and decisions around anonymity and using names. Paul talks shop: the process of placing work in journals and lit mags, submissions, and a surprising thought about online vs print publications. Writing while walking seems to be a theme in the Story Maker podcasts, and it comes up in a fun way here. This rich and winding conversation also covers boredom, randomness, the importance of paying attention to the way your mind works.

Links

Paul Lisicky


Bluets


The Adderall Diaries


The Ticking is the Bomb


What Belongs to You


Outline


Black Deutchland


The Door


The Mare

“The Pain Scale” by Eula Bliss

Home for the Holidays (movie)

Loorie Moore

Virginia Woolf

Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky

Paul Lisicky is the author of five books: Lawnboy, Famous Builder, The Burning House, Unbuilt Projects, and now The Narrow Door, a memoir named one of BuzzFeed’s “27 Most Exciting New Books of 2016.” His work has appeared in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, Conjunctions, Ecotone, Fence, The Offing, Ploughshares, Tin House, Unstuck, and in many other magazines and anthologies. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Corporation of Yaddo, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a Fellow. He has taught in the creative writing programs at Cornell University, New York University, Rutgers-Newark, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, the low residency program at Sierra Nevada College, and at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. He is the editor of StoryQuarterly and serves on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-21-paul-lisicky/feed/ 1 What does it feel like to be an overnight success after 17 years of publishing? In our lovely conversation with novelist, memoirist and essayist Paul Lisicky, we discuss the benefit of low expectations and the liberation of not worrying about having a ... What does it feel like to be an overnight success after 17 years of publishing? In our lovely conversation with novelist, memoirist and essayist Paul Lisicky, we discuss the benefit of low expectations and the liberation of not worrying about having a huge audience followed by the surprise of getting one with his new memoir, The Narrow Door. Book Writing World 49:15
Episode 20: Jacqueline Luckett http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-20-jacqueline-luckett/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-20-jacqueline-luckett/#comments Thu, 25 Feb 2016 09:00:55 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=352

What do you get when you cross a novelist and a screenplay writer? An 80 page outline of a movie! Author Jacqueline Luckett always dreamed of her book being turned into a movie, and now a known actress has bought the screenplay. Jackie went back to school for an MFA in visual storytelling so she could adapt the book for film herself–to great success. Learn about how that changed her relationship to structure, and the comparisons she makes between several forms. We also talk about how to decide which projects to work on, the value of thinking about your characters and your story even when you’re not yet writing, and the benefits both of testing out other processes and of sticking to the ones that work for you. There’s a great exploration of subtext here, and some terrific advice about writing, MFAs and asking for what you want. Favorite line? “It’s only fear; you got to conquer it.”

Books and links Discussed:

Jacqueline Luckett


Passing Love


Searching for Tina Turner


The Known World


Americanah


The Art of Fiction


From Where You Dream


The Comedy Bible


Pieces of Light

August Wilson

Janet Burroway

Charles Baxter

Terry McMillan

Jacqueline Luckett

Jacqueline Luckett

In 1999 Jacqueline Luckett left the corporate world to kickstart her writing career with classes she took on a dare—from herself.

People Magazine (February 2012) described Luckett’s sophomore novel, Passing Love as “beautifully written and filled with vibrant scenes of Paris in its Jazz Age and today.”

Essence Magazine selected Searching for Tina Turner as the January 2010 book-of-the-month selection. The novel follows a divorced woman’s journey to self by way of France. What comes through for the main character is the inspiration of Tina Turner’s personal story: everything we need to move forward in our lives is already within us.

Reinvention, self-awareness, and self-fulfillment are themes throughout Luckett’s novels. She strives to write compelling and interesting stories while addressing fear and what can be done to conquer it. “We can all afford to be fearful, but we can’t let fear keep us from doing what we want or need to do.”

Luckett refuses to be boxed into categories that limit her drawing power. “My novels have universal appeal—both in story and character,” Luckett says. “Personally, I’ll follow a story that makes me look at the world with a perspective different from my own. In both Passing Love and Searching for Tina Turner the main character could be you, your best friend, a co-worker, or the mother of your child’s classmate. I write about women, of a “certain age,” who’ve had failures and successes in their lives and are looking to move forward regardless of age. ”

Luckett encourages her readers to avoid deferring their dreams: “The length of time it takes to get to the dream is not as important as fulfilling the dream.”

Jacqueline, a native Californian, lives and writes in Oakland, but takes time out to indulge her love of traveling and to nurture her passion for photography and exotic foods.
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Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-20-jacqueline-luckett/feed/ 1 What do you get when you cross a novelist and a screenplay writer? An 80 page outline of a movie! Author Jacqueline Luckett always dreamed of her book being turned into a movie, and now a known actress has bought the screenplay. What do you get when you cross a novelist and a screenplay writer? An 80 page outline of a movie! Author Jacqueline Luckett always dreamed of her book being turned into a movie, and now a known actress has bought the screenplay. Book Writing World 44:09
Episode 19: Sylvia Linsteadt http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-19-sylvia-linsteadt/ http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-19-sylvia-linsteadt/#comments Thu, 18 Feb 2016 16:40:53 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=342

What do animal tracking and writing have in common? More than you think, as we learn in conversation with Sylvia Lindsteadt, a prolific young author of fiction and non-fiction and a certified animal tracker. We discussed the value of mimicking natural cycles, the importance of place and even the ways setting can have an arc, and the necessity both to show up and get out of your own way as a writer. She also tells us some amazing techniques for creating real life assignments and deadlines–including monthly fairy tales she wrote and sent by mail to subscribers, and more. Our topics range from the changing landscape of publishing, new approaches to crowdsourcing inside legitimate publishing and the symbiotic way to get an agent, to exceptional moments of inspiration, collaboration with an artist and broadening story to include the more than human world as actual characters. Cna writing save the world? Sylvia makes a compelling case for the urgent need to change our stories about other creatures so that we can change the state of eminent disaster of the world because we are story-made creatures.

Links

Sylvialinsteadt.com

Rima Staines

Jay Griffiths

HeyDay Books and Malcolm Margolin

Welcome to Me ( Film with Kristen Wiig)

Unbound.co.uk to preorder Tatterdemalion


Redwall


The Hobbit


Martin Marten


A Wizard of Earthsea


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao


Middlesex


The History of Love


OZ Books

Sylvia Victor Linsteadt

Sylvia Victor Linsteadt

Sylvia Victor Linsteadt is a writer, artist, and certified animal tracker. Her work—both fiction and non-fiction—explores the tenets of deep ecology and wild myth, and is devoted to radically transforming and broadening our human stories to include the voices, perspectives and dreams of the more-than-human world.

Her books include Tatterdemalion, (Unbound, forthcoming 2016/2017), The Wonderments of the East Bay (Heyday 2014), and The Lost Worlds of the Bay Area (Heyday, Forthcoming 2017). Her short fiction has been published in New California Writing 2013, Dark Mountain, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, The Golden Key  and Deathless Press. She has a regular column with Earthlines Magazine, and her creative nonfiction can also be found in Poecology, Dark Mountain, and News from Native California.

Sylvia’s story “The Midwife of Temescal” won the James D. Phelan Literary Award from the San Francisco Foundation in Fall 2014. She has an Honors B.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University.mpshire.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-19-sylvia-linsteadt/feed/ 2 What do animal tracking and writing have in common? More than you think, as we learn in conversation with Sylvia Lindsteadt, a prolific young author of fiction and non-fiction and a certified animal tracker. What do animal tracking and writing have in common? More than you think, as we learn in conversation with Sylvia Lindsteadt, a prolific young author of fiction and non-fiction and a certified animal tracker. Book Writing World 49:08
Episode 18: Susan Ito http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-18-susan-ito/ Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:40:43 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=334

Have things gotten worse for mothers who want the time to write? Former non-fiction editor at Literary Mama, now SF Grotto-ite, solo performer, writer, host of a yearly contemplative creative retreat at Santa Sabina and more, talks about the prohibitions against mothers leaving their children for extended writing retreats, the challenges and process of fielding submissions, time management, juggling projects, navigating Medium. She studied solo performance with W. Kamu Bell and has written non-fiction and fiction for magazines and anthologies–so she has plenty to say about writing for the page v. the stage. Get tips on organizing your material, secrets of recording your own audio book, and the strategy of braiding your stories. With insights into a walking and writing practice, and good ways to talk about work that is still tender in workshops, this is an episode you won’t want to miss!

Links Discussed:

@TheSusanIto on Medium and Twitter,

@SusanIto on Instagram, Facebook

http://www.susanito.com/

The Mouse Room on Audible.com

The Critical Response Process book

The Grotto

Santa Sabina Center 

Solo Performance Workshop

A Question of Balance: Artists & Writers on Motherhood 

Lisa Marie Rollins/ Solo House

W. Kamau Bell/ United Shades of America

Zahra Noorbakhsh

Sizzling Story Outlines by H. R. D’Costa

Brian Stanton “Blank”

Camera Words (on Medium)

Podcast Good Muslim Bad Muslim

Robin Coste Lewis

Santa Sabina Center

Hedgebrook

Critical Response Process by Liz Lerman


Whatever Doesn’t Kill You

Susan Ito

Susan Ito

Susan Ito is the author of The Mouse Room. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost At Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption (North Atlantic Books). She is a creative nonfiction editor at Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, The Bellevue Literary Review, Making More Waves and elsewhere.  She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the US. She teaches in the Creative Nonfiction MFA Program at Bay Path University, and is working on a theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma. Her website is http://susanito.com.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Have things gotten worse for mothers who want the time to write? Former non-fiction editor at Literary Mama, now SF Grotto-ite, solo performer, writer, host of a yearly contemplative creative retreat at Santa Sabina and more, Have things gotten worse for mothers who want the time to write? Former non-fiction editor at Literary Mama, now SF Grotto-ite, solo performer, writer, host of a yearly contemplative creative retreat at Santa Sabina and more, talks about the prohibitions against mothers leaving their children for extended writing retreats, the challenges and process of fielding submissions, time management, juggling projects, navigating Medium. Book Writing World 59:27
Episode 17: Janet Harvey http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-17-janet-harvey/ Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:51:49 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=319

Janet Harvey brings together savvy from advertising and invests it in indie filmmaking and comic books–and she told us the key to a successful Kickstarter campaign. She also talked about the scripting process for these mediums as well as gaming and adaptations, and offered up the challenge she gave herself and the reasoning behind it: to write a script with no dialog at all. Plus the Wild West frontier element of newer genres compared to the stringent rules of mainstream screenwriting. This is an interesting moment for women and comics, Janet claims, and gives us a sneak peak at the comic she’ll be announcing in early Spring. We delve into collaboration, compromise and creativity. She admits what she wishes she’d done differently in the newly completed production of her indie feature film, Screen Queen, and tells us some of the crazy true-life stories that inspired it. We touch on new distribution models and ways to monetize a movie now. Our conversation goes the gamut from bullying to the Austin independent film scene to the power of deep focus, frames and color. Inspiring!

Links

www.janetharvey.net

https://www.facebook.com/SCENEQUEEN/

http://www.scenequeenmovie.com/

https://twitter.com/scenequeenmovie

Zynga

Tomb Raider

Yotsuba (manga series)

DC comics

James Schamus

Alan Moore

Comic Book Script Archive

 Tangerine 

 Carol 

Phyllis Nagy Screenwriter of Carol

Beasts of No Nation 

Cary Fukanaga 

Creed

Digital Bolex Grants for Women Cinematographers

 The Austin Film Society

Outline by Rachel Cusk

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Janet Harvey

Janet Harvey

Janet Harvey received her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She won the LA Short Film Award for her first script, THE GUITAR PLAYER’S GIRLFRIEND, which included a production package from Kodak and Panavision. Her short films have played at festivals around the world, sold at Cannes, and won awards, including honors from Colin Vaines at the Weinstein Company. She has written comic books for DC Comics and Image Comics. She recently completed her first feature, SCENE QUEEN. Her comic book series ANGEL CITY is due out from Oni Press in 2017.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Janet Harvey brings together savvy from advertising and invests it in indie filmmaking and comic books--and she told us the key to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Janet Harvey brings together savvy from advertising and invests it in indie filmmaking and comic books--and she told us the key to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Book Writing World 42:38
Episode 16: Diane Fraser http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-16-diane-fraser/ Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:51:22 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=309

Diane Fraser had a remarkable niece, predicted to die in her first week of life who lived through 40 surgeries and more brushes with death but also through wild adventures, seductions and transformations, for almost three decades. Eulogizing this heroic young person lead Diane to write Growing Up Superheros, a memoir. In our conversation we talk about researching a personal story, including use of interviews and journaling, looking for common themes to focus the book, grappling with the boundaries between truth and imagined detail, and respecting the privacy of the other “characters” in the book. We also dig into magical realism and omniscient narration in a memoir, the entrepreneurial aspects of being a self published writer, and representations of disabled folks in romantic relationships. Tips on crowdfunding, sustaining a writing group, collaborating with an illustrator and more.

Link

http://Growingupsuperheroes.com

Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown

Anais Nin


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Diane Fraser

Diane Fraser

Diane Fraser is a writer who lives in a world where symbols, archetypes, and spirits are alive and communicate with her directly. Diane won several poetry prizes in college at UMass Boston, where she got her B.A. in English with Honors in Creative Writing. As an undergrad, she was a Stadler Semester for Young Poets fellow at Bucknell University. After college, she was a founding member of a small writing group, Erograph, who wrote together for 12 years, and did readings in Boston and Pennsylvania. Previous publishing includes poems published years ago in the Boston Phoenix, Arts Media, and small press literary journals.

To further her mystical experience and self-mastery Diane studied with three teachers in the shamanic and hermetic arts. As part of her personal work she teaches informally, helps people with their lives through energy work, tarot, and insight, and publishes a blog. While working full time on national behavioral health projects, Diane has developed her scientific knowledge on addiction, recovery, and mental health. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts. This is her first book.

Diane is available to meet with your book group when they read Growing Up Superheroes, either in person in the Greater Boston area, or via Skype. “Thank you so much for joining us at our book group meeting last night. It was really wonderful to meet the author behind this book we all loved so much and to learn about your writing process and more about Deihlia. We all loved the discussion and had a great time getting to know you.” -AS

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Diane Fraser had a remarkable niece, predicted to die in her first week of life who lived through 40 surgeries and more brushes with death but also through wild adventures, seductions and transformations, for almost three decades. Diane Fraser had a remarkable niece, predicted to die in her first week of life who lived through 40 surgeries and more brushes with death but also through wild adventures, seductions and transformations, for almost three decades. Book Writing World 39:40
Episode 15: Florencia Manovil http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-15-florencia-manovil/ Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:16:01 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=306

Web series and feature films are all about collaboration, and Florencia, who’s been at the helm of both as a writer/ director, goes into the good, the bad, the ugly . . . and the pleasures of that process, from generating ideas and developing characters to co-writing to getting strong readers to working closely with a trusted editor. She gives us some great tips and tools from marinating to using index cards and notebooks to building community, finding a support network and writing your own mission statement. We discussed writing intuitively and taking risks, breaking rules and going against mainstream expectations. Getting honest about struggling with a lack of confidence, this award-winning filmmaker tells us her secret to getting past that, and what she most needs now as an artist of color. Part of her mission is about expanding the conversation around what a woman can be. If you want the nitty gritty about creating the stories you want to see, Florencia shares it here.

Links

 Rialto Cinema

Guinevere Turner

Dyke Central 

Mynah Films

Dyke Central on Facebook

Mira Nair on Yoga 

Florencia Manovil

Florencia Manovil

Florencia Manovil is a feminist filmmaker passionate about independent film, social justice, environmentalism, and queer identities. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Florencia moved to the U.S. at the age of 18 to pursue film studies, eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay Area after living in Boston and New York for several years. A translator and subtitler, writer, filmmaker and mother, Florencia is committed to bringing underrepresented communities to the screen, as well as showcasing Oakland and the Bay Area at large.

Fiona’s Script (2008), a film about a young bisexual woman finding her footing in life, was Florencia’s feature directorial debut. The film played at several national and international festivals. Development of her next feature was put on hold so that she could focus on Dyke Central, a “queer dramedy” episodic Florencia co-created. In 2011, she directed and produced the pilot episode, which went on to screen at several film festivals. In 2013 she resumed the production of Dyke Central, shooting 4 more episodes, all of which were selected for film festival screenings in 2014. That year she went to on complete production of 5 more episodes of the popular series.

Under Mynah Films, she also produced the pilot episode of Throw Like a Girl, a queer web comedy, and co-produced the pilot of Fairytale Fail, a comedy about the cutthroat behind-the-scenes world of theme park actors.

Florencia just completed the full first season of Dyke Central, and has two shorts (“Encuentro” and a children’s film) and two features (Leche and Star-Crossed) in development.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Web series and feature films are all about collaboration, and Florencia, who’s been at the helm of both as a writer/ director, goes into the good, the bad, the ugly . . . and the pleasures of that process, from generating ideas and developing character... Web series and feature films are all about collaboration, and Florencia, who’s been at the helm of both as a writer/ director, goes into the good, the bad, the ugly . . . and the pleasures of that process, from generating ideas and developing characters to co-writing to getting strong readers to working closely with a trusted editor. Book Writing World 47:29
Episode 14: Nina LaCour http://www.storymakersshow.com/episode-14-nina-lacour/ Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.storymakersshow.com/?p=297

Nina LaCour just finished her fourth YA novel when we sat down to talk about everything from traumatic grad school workshops to tips for getting an agent to the difference between writing under contract and writing before publication. Nina’s first novel, Hold, was banned in some places and in others assigned by entire high schools. We discussed controversy. “Books are a wonderful place to start conversations,” Nina says. Offering encouragement to write the story you really feel compelled to tell, Nina shared about her year of rejection and her magic week of yes, about writing after becoming a mother, about turning her first novel into a screenplay and then into a film, and what she learned about structure from that experience (including the hilarious litmus test Nina stumbled upon for telling how your scenes are too long). She gave us great tips for writing for a YA audience, including not writing off their experience as less true, including the possible longevity of high school romance. We discussed breaking out of conventions, breaking rules, intuition v structure and pulling short stories out of novels. Nina laid out how she uses questions to drive her story, and gives us juicy, helpful details about her revision process and her writing group. This was a really fun, honest conversation with a wonderful, productive author.
By the way, the quote Elizabeth attributes to Somerset Maugham is in fact this one from E.L. Doctorow, from a Paris Review interview:  “Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” Here’s the whole interview. http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2718/the-art-of-fiction-no-94-e-l-doctorow

LINKS

@nina_lacour

Ninalacour.com

The Checklist Manifesto

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Adele When We were Young lyric: “We were sad of growing old.”

Pitch Wars

Victor LaValle

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

WattPad

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour

Nina LaCour is the author of three critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books: Hold Still, The Disenchantments, and Everything Leads to You. You Know Me Well, a novel written in collaboration with David Levithan, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Griffin in June, 2016.

She has tutored, taught, and guest lectured in various places, including Berkeley City College, Maybeck High School, Stanford University, and Mills College, where she received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2006. Her novels have been Junior Library Guild selections, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and have appeared on many state and regional lists. Nina won the 2009 Northern California Book Award for Children’s Literature, was featured in Publishers Weekly as a Flying Starts Author, and was a finalist for the William C. Morris award. She loves teaching, reading work by emerging and established writers, and talking about the craft of fiction.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife, photographer Kristyn Stroble, and their daughter.

Story Makers is a podcast that features in-depth conversations with accomplished writers, filmmakers and industry experts about story craft, technique, habit and survival–everything you need to know to stay inspired, connect to your creativity, find others’ wonderful stories and your own success.

The hosts:

Elizabeth Stark is a published, agented novelist and distributed filmmaker who teaches and mentors writers at BookWritingWorld.com.

Angie Powers is a distributed filmmaker and published short story writer with an MFA in creative writing and a certificate in screenwriting from UCLA who teaches story structure at BookWritingWorld.com.

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Nina LaCour just finished her fourth YA novel when we sat down to talk about everything from traumatic grad school workshops to tips for getting an agent to the difference between writing under contract and writing before publication. Nina LaCour just finished her fourth YA novel when we sat down to talk about everything from traumatic grad school workshops to tips for getting an agent to the difference between writing under contract and writing before publication. Book Writing World 51:04