Ann Kroeker, Writing Coach
By Ann Kroeker
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Reach your writing goals and make significant progress (and have fun!) by being more curious, creative, and productive. Ann provides practical tips and motivation for writers at all stages, keeping most episodes short and focused so writers only need a few minutes to collect ideas, inspiration, resources and recommendations to apply to their work. She incorporates interviews from publishing professionals to include additional insight. Tune in for solutions addressing anything from self-editing and goal-setting solutions to administrative and scheduling challenges. Subscribe for ongoing input for your writing life that's efficient and encouraging. More at annkroeker.com.
||CleanEp 190: [Interview] Author & Literary Agent Jeff Herman||Today I’m chatting with author and literary agent Jeff Herman. - Jeff’s literary agency has ushered nearly one thousand books into print. He’s the coauthor of the acclaimed Write the Perfect Book Proposal and is often featured as an expert in pri||3/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 189: Write to Discover New Skills and Techniques||[Ep 189] - When I feel my writing getting a little stale, I start looking around for a teacher. Now, I don’t mean I’m looking for a class with an instructor, although that’s certainly another way to learn and grow as a writer. -||3/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 188: Write to Discover What You Really Want to Say||[Ep 188] - In this series, you’ve discovered more about yourself through writing—you may have begun to heal emotional wounds. The act of writing has helped you find the courage to continue to write. Through writing,||3/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 187: Write to Discover Your Ideal Reader||[Ep 187] - In composition classes, college students learn to identify their audience—who are they writing for? - On the topic of audience, The Writing Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests students think about writing a l.||2/26/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 186: Write to Discover Your Favorite Type of Writing||When I was in junior high, I joined the track team. Track and field offers a lot of events, so the coach had us try a little bit of everything so we could get a feel for what we might like. - I had played softball when I was younger and was a good hit..||2/19/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 185: [Interview] Poet Tania Runyan||As you’ll discover in this conversation with Tania Runyan, she’s experimented with being a screenwriter and playwright and written several nonfiction books, including How to Read a Poem, How to Write a Poem,||2/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 184: [Interview] Jennifer Dukes Lee – Author, Acquisitions Editor||When Author and Acquisitions Editor Jennifer Dukes Lee was in town for an event, we met up and discussed challenges that writers—especially nonfiction authors—face as they try to land a traditional book contract.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 183: Write to Discover Your Top Themes & Topics||I recently signed up for Reddit. During setup, I clicked on categories and topics of interest so the app could deliver relevant updates. - On the spot I had to decide my preferences: do I want ongoing content about this topic or that?||1/30/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 182: Write to Discover Your Reason for Writing||If you’ve read On Being a Writer, you know my coauthor Charity Singleton Craig and I start with identity—claiming we are writers. I told the story of the university publication that accepted my first poetry submissions. They asked for a bio.||1/23/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 181: Write to Discover the Courage You Need to Confront Your Fears||Ralph Keyes observes in his book The Courage to Write, “The trail of literary history is littered with those who fell along the way because the anxiety of trying to write paralyzed their hand”1. Writers' Anxiety||1/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 180: Write to Discover – Start with Yourself||A few weeks ago I shared with you how freewriting freed me. The book Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, played a big part in that during my college years, introducing me to the idea of timed writing as a means to write and discover. -||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 179: Time to Schedule Your Writing Life Tune-up||Tis the season for many things. One thing that doesn't roll off the tongue as jolly as a line in a carol is a writing life tune-up. Yes, tis the perfect time for writing life maintenance. - It sounds so boring,||12/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 178: The Writer at Work – Use Freewriting to Give It Some Thought||My first university-level creative writing course used as the main text a book that, at that time, was a brand-new release: Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg. - After moving through the exercises in that book, I felt transformed.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 177: [Interview] Alison Hodgson on Boiling a Story Down to Its Essence, One-Star Reviews, and Perseverance||Back in October 2018, I interviewed three authors who served on the speaking team at Breathe Christian Writers Conference. We discussed all things writing, like their writing challenges, their writing process, and their advice for writers.||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 176: What Do You Know to Be True?||Last time, I talked about the power of lists to get us writing about all kinds of things. Lists trick us into writing. - In her famous TED talk, spoken word poet Sarah Kay invites the audience to make a list.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 175: How to Use Lists to Transform Your Writing (and your life)||Tis the season for lists, even for those who aren't naturally checklist and to-do list types. For the holidays, people will make packing lists, shopping lists, cleaning lists, address lists, and wish lists. - Lists are useful and practical,||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Lies Beneath the Surface of Your Life?||[Ep 174] - In last week’s interview, Patrice Gopo described the stories that bubbled up inside her—personal stories about topics she cared deeply about as she grappled with her identity and where she fit in society. - Patrice grew up in Anchorage,||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 173: [Interview] Patrice Gopo on Meaning Making on the Page and Studying the Craft||At Breathe Christian Writers Conference, held October 12 and 13, 2018, I interviewed three authors who served on the speaking team. We discussed all things writing, like their writing challenges, their writing process, and their advice for writers.||11/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 172: 4 Simple Ways to Put Your Own Writing First||As you know from my interview with Shawn Smucker, he’s a novelist with ambitious goals—on track to write ten books in ten years. He's written three of his own books—two novels and a memoir. His fourth will be released in 2019. - To make a living,||10/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 171: [Interview] Shawn Smucker on Cowriting, Ghostwriting, and Prioritizing Your Own Work||At a writing conference held October 12 and 13, 2018, I interviewed three authors who served on the speaking team. We discussed all things writing, like their writing challenges, their writing process, and their advice for writers. All for you! -||10/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 170: How to Be a Better Writer (Pt 5) – Four Writing Tips||Last time, we talked about the 6+1 Traits. When you take time to evaluate your work in each one, you can begin to identify areas of strength and weakness. Over time you can boost the weaker areas and become a better writer. - In the months ahead,||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Be a Better Writer: Boost All 7 Traits of Great Writing||[Ep 169] - I’m glad to be back after an unexpected and lengthy break when I needed to care for a relative during a complicated emergency. I’m sorry I didn’t have a way to let you know in the midst of it, but it looks like things are slowing down a||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 168: How to Be a Better Writer (Pt 3): Write Tight||In a recent release of Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell introduces his podcast listeners to Dr. Bernadine Healy. - In this episode, he asks Johanna Schneider, who worked with Dr. Healy at the National Institutes of Health,||9/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 167: How to Be a Better Writer (Pt 2): 3 Simple Tweaks You Can Try Today||Last week I talked about the mindset that believes growth is possible—that you are neither stuck at your current level nor have you arrived at mastery. With that mindset, you can begin to evolve and improve. -||8/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 166: How to Be a Better Writer (Pt 1): Start with the Right Mindset||Last week, we started to explore a fear that haunts many writers, which is the fear that they aren’t good enough. - Or they think they aren’t enough. I hope you've explored the root of this fear and other fears that hold you back as a writer.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I have listened to 20 or more of these podcasts. I love her attitude and disposition. The episodes range from somewhat useful to “that is a really good idea”. Thanks Ann. Keep them coming!
Short and So Good!
I love Ann’s podcast for the powerhouse of information she packs into a few minutes. I leave every podcast inspired, informed and ready to write!
Great advice- Easy to listen to
I love this podcast about writing. Too many of these go on far too long and are not useful. This one is crisp and to the point. Good advice and trips- but mostly it moticates me to keep goin and "write" on. A very enjoyable and informative podcast.