Personal Writing as a Method for Change, featuring Michelle Tea
38 min
Indie darling Michelle Tea has been writing for memoir for more than twenty years, and in this conversation, originally recorded with the San Francisco Writers Foundation, she and Brooke talk about their shared history through Seal Press, memoir as a catalyst for change, what makes a writer (like Michelle) have a cult following, and what the heck even is autofiction. A fast-paced, rollicking conversation about memoir, cross-genre writing, craft, and having no regrets. We invite you to read Brooke’s essay, “Memoir as a Method for Change”:
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
How to Start Editing Your NaNowriMo Draft
*In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through what to do with your messy first draft now that NaNoWriMo is over.* Here's a preview of what's included: [01:20] Everything we cover in today's episode can be used whether you participated in NaNoWriMo or not. All that matters is that you have a finished draft. [02:30] Step #1: Take a break from your draft so that you can get some distance and give your imagination time to regenerate. [03:30] Step #2: Read your draft to familiarize yourself with what you wrote and to see all of the story pieces that you have to work with. Don't make any changes yet! [04:10] Step #3: Read your draft, again, with your editor's hat on. Focus on the big-picture elements of the story (genre, characters, structure, theme, point of view, etc.) and take notes on things you want to fix, add, delete, or change. Don’t make any changes yet, just take notes. [09:10] Step #4: Make a plan for exactly HOW you’re going to tackle your revisions. When would you like to be done? How much time will you set aside each day/week/month to work on your revisions? [10:20] Step #5: Get an outsider's perspective once you've done as much as you can on your own. Enlist the help of beta readers, a developmental editor, or even a book coach. [11:30] When should you work with a professional editor or book coach? If you're just starting, or if your draft is a big mess, a book coach can help you start over from the ground up. If you have a finished draft, a developmental editor can help you figure out your next steps. [12:55] Key points and episode recap. *Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts* Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts! If you're already a subscriber, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance! *Links mentioned in this episode:* * Episode Freebie: The NaNoWriMo Editing Checklist (PDF) * How to Choose the Right Genre for Your Story (podcast and article) * 3 Ways to Figure Out the Theme of Your Story (podcast and article) * 5 Questions to Help You Write Better Characters (podcast and article) * How to Choose the Best POV for Your Story (article) P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
17 min
Writers, Ink
Writers, Ink
J.D. Barker and J. Thorn
The Thinning Line Between Indie and Traditional Publishing
In this episode, J. and J.D. welcome indie mastermind Zach Bohannon to the show to discuss the growing similarities between indie and traditional publishing.   Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.   Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business. In this episode, you’ll discover: * What’s the deal with Audiblegate? * The benefits of being a “hybrid” author * Why traditional publishers are starting to value eBooks * Why indies are becoming more tolerant of traditional deals * The importance of a mailing list when pursuing a trad deal * The role of subscription-based services in the future of publishing Links: J. D. Barker - J. Thorn - Zach Bohannon - Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - Music by Nicorus -  Voice Over by Rick Ganley - and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - Contact -  *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links. See for privacy and opt-out information.
45 min
writing class radio
writing class radio
andrea askowitz and allison langer
How Does a Man Get Away with Calling Women Bitches and Hoes in a Story?
Today’s episode is the last in a series called Home. Writing Class Radio helped produce a documentary with Chapman Partnership, a homeless center in South Florida, exploring the meaning of home. Our documentary will air on PBS, date (tba). On this episode, you will hear a story by Marvin Jenkins, a past student, poet, Boeing employee, and dad. Marvin lost his home after he wrote an explicit text message to his girlfriend’s best friend and she kicked him out. Marvin has always been in love with Serena, but drugs got the best of him.  Marvin’s essay is a great example of how taking responsibility for your actions in a story creates a reliable narrator. The voice in this essay also exemplifies how you can say ugly things, if you own that they are ugly.  Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by Allison Langer ( and Andrea Askowitz ( This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Matt Cundill of Sound Off Media Company, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist. Theme music by Ari Herstand. Additional music by Podington Bear. There’s more writing class on our website (, Facebook (, Instagram and Twitter (@wrtgclassradio). If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website. Writing Class Radio is open to submissions from our listeners. Go to the submissions page on our website for guidelines. We pay! If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work. Go to or click here to support us. Thank you for listening! Everyone has a story. What's yours?
18 min
Parenting Forward
Parenting Forward
Cindy Wang Brandt
103: How to Teach Kids a Responsible Reading of the Bible w/ Pete Enns
You can tell a lot about people by their reaction to the Bible. That is what makes it so interesting as a sociological phenomenon. There are secular people who are largely ignorant of the Bible. Then there is the large spectrum of ways Christians engage with the Bible, from the literal inerrant folks to the infallible and liberal interpretations. My guest today understands the varied kind of baggage that the Bible can carry for people. Pete Enns is a Bible scholar, a professor, the author of several amazing books about the Bible, and the host of the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People. I had the amazing honor of being a guest on that show back in August. In this episode, we are discussing how to teach about and discuss the Bible with our kids. Show Highlights: * Pete’s personal relationship with the Bible. * Whether or not the Bible is appropriate for children. * How children were viewed in Bible times. * Age-appropriate ways to teach the context of Bible stories. * Irresponsible ways of sharing the Bible with children. * What needs to change in regards to our attitude about children. * How understanding that you want to give your children power changes your approach to the Bible. * Why biblical literacy is important even for secular people. * How to raise our kids with resilience to prepare them for those who will contradict the way they learn the Bible. Links (affiliates included): My episode on The Bible for Normal People - Pete Enns website - Pete’s Bible Curriculum for kids - Join us at the Parenting Forward Patreon Team - Parenting Forward, the Book - EPISODE CREDITS: If you like this podcast and are thinking of creating your own, consider talking to my producer, Danny Ozment. He helps thought leaders, influencers, executives, HR professionals, recruiters, lawyers, realtors, bloggers, coaches, and authors create, launch, and produce podcasts that grow their business and impact the world. Find out more at
51 min
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel
Gen-Z Media
Mars Patel Book Available Oct 6th! Exclusive Interview!
The Mars Patel team is excited to announce the upcoming release of a middle grade book series based on the podcast! Listen to this exclusive interview with the book's writer Sheela Chari. Listen to the end for a few very special guests! The book launches October 6th, 2020, and you can order your copy here: Stream the rest of seasons 2 & 3 over at Or, you can order all three seasons in a beautiful commemorative boxset, or season 3 by itself at: Follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out more great audio adventures at: Mars Patel is written, produced, and created by Benjamin Strouse, David Kreizman, Chris Tarry, and Jenny Turner Hall. Sound Design and Mixing: Chris Tarry Head Writer: David Kreizman Executive Producer: Benjamin Strouse Directed by Michelle Tattenbaum Music by Shawn Pierce and Chris Tarry Voice editing by Darian Newsome Additional writing by Nidhi Mehta. Associate Story producer: Rebecca Hanover Jaiya Chetram as Mars Patel, Natalie Mehl as Caddie, Kate Wolfson as JP, Wyatt Ralff as Toothpick, Carter Minor as Jonas, Rileigh McDonald as Julia, Mairead O’Neil as Aurora, Brandon Simms as Orion, Shane Epstein-Petrullo as Axel, Courtney Chu as Daisy, Fiona Kreizman as Epica, Michael Perilstein as Oliver Pruitt, Lipica Shah as Saira Patel, Ilana Ransom-Toeplitz as the computer, and Charlie Pollock as Mr. Q. Additional voices by Oliver Gould, Chloe Tarry, Oliver Kreizman, Sam Strouse, Logan Hall, Daniel Maloof, Emma Hankey, Eliana Brenden, Dash Kreizman, Jennifer Roszell, Graham Stevens, Alexa Ralph, Dina Perlman, Robbie Berry, and Tabitha Ginsberg.
29 min
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