Why I Write
By National Council of Teachers of English
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Why I Write podcast is produced by the National Council of Teachers of English and hosted by C.C. Chapman of "Accident Hash" fame. Why I Write is a bi-weekly podcast similar to Lifehacker's "How I Work" series in which we delve into the topic of writing by talking with authors from variety genres and methods to hear their take on writing and its importance both in their lives and how it should be important in each of ours.
||CleanEpisode 23 - Scott Sigler||New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series. He lives in...||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Bolaji O||Young Bolaji O was a shy child in Nigeria when he fell in love with Spider-Man comic books and the hopeful power of storytelling. Fast forward to him having children of his own. In addition to reading them books, he also made up stories for them. His...||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Grant Faulkner||The very first sentence of Grant Faulkner’s bio reads “As a boy, I spent my allowance on all sorts of pens and paper, so there was never much question I would become a writer.” Reading that, I knew we were going to have a fun conversation on the..||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - Lynnda Pollio||We all know that books make great gifts. When I fall head over heels in love with a book, I tend to buy copies for people I think will appreciate it and benefit from reading it. This is how Lynnda Pollio’s book Trusting the Currents came into my...||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 – Kevin Smokler||Kevin Smokler is a dear friend who changed my world when he asked me to be part of his panel at South by Southwest (SXSW) years ago, and since then our paths continue to cross. His latest book, Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to ’80s Teen Movies,...||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Byron Pitts||You may recognize Byron Pitts’s name and face because he has been part of the American landscape for a number of years. He is currently the co-anchor of Nightline and the chief national correspondent for ABC News. In the past, Byron has served as...||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - Laurie Halse Anderson||Laurie Halse Anderson is a writer known to many of you, but she was unknown to me until I walked into a panel at the 2016 NCTE Annual Convention about censorship and instantly appreciated her frank and blunt manor. She explained to me on the podcast...||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - Erika Napolentano||Several years ago, I was waiting to board a plane in Baltimore and passed the time reading a galley copy of Erika Napoletano’s soon-to-be-released book The Power of Unpopular: A Guide to Building Your Brand for the Audience Who Will Love You...||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - Jeff Goins||I first met author Jeff Goins in the back of a car on the way to the airport in Dallas. We had both spoken at a large event in Texas and yet somehow hadn’t crossed paths before. After the typical introductions and discussion of what we were working...||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - Jacqueline Woodson||Today we are excited to welcome award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson to the Why I Write podcast. Our Annual Convention will be happening this November in St. Louis, and we are excited to have Jacqueline as one of our Keynote Speakers. Register...||6/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Brad Montague||From the moment I first watched A Pep Talk from Kid President to You and heard the classic line, “Not cool, Robert Frost!,” I was a fan of Brad Montague and his writing. Now, you may not have heard of Brad, but I’m betting/hoping you have heard...||6/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Daniel Suarez||I’m a self-admitted geek and love technology. So when the words of Daniel Suarez’s writing entered my world, I was better for it. Daniel writes thrillers that focus on near-future technology and how it may be abused. His stories target technology...||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Carmen Deedy||In the days following the Inauguration, I read The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet and instantly knew that I had to have Carmen Agra Deedy as a guest on the podcast. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the US as a refugee in 1964. Carmen grew up in...||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Ellen McGirt||Over the course of my life, I’ve crossed paths with a variety of amazing people and one of those is journalist Ellen McGirt. She is an award-winning business journalist specializing in long form profiles. Currently, she writes a daily column...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - Sharon Draper||Almost from the first moment of hitting record on this podcast, one name kept coming up as a must-have guest and that was Sharon M. Draper. Sharon is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National...||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - David Moldawer||My path first crossed with David Moldawer’s when he hired my marketing agency to help with a social media push for a book he was working on at St. Martin’s Press. Since then our paths have continued to cross in a variety of fun ways...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 -- Deborah Wiles||I need to make a confession to all of you before you listen to this episode. Before attending the NCTE Annual Convention last fall, I had never heard of Deborah Wiles or read any of her work. Shocking because I now know all...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #6 - Seth Godin||Welcome to 2017! I hope your holidays were full of smiles, time with loved ones and of course books! To get the new year off on the right foot, I’m excited to release our latest podcast episode with bestselling author Seth Godin. Seth’s...||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #5 - Nicole Blades||Putting Words to Paper||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode #4 - Matthew Ebel||Matthew Ebel has always enjoy playing with his imaginary friends and as he grew older he went from simply talking to them, to sharing their voices with the world. Currently based outside of Boston, Matthew is a singer songwriter who’s playful...||12/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode #3 - Kat French||Writing for the characters||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Jonathan Fields||A Good Life is One Dedicated to Mastering What You Love||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Brad Meltzer||Three Simple Words Changed His Life||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
I am a graduate student in the professional and technical writing program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and I was just thinking how nice it would be to have a podcast about writing. After listening to this podcast's first episode, I knew I had struck gold. As a sidenote, I am visually impaired, and I would love to hear episodes about riders with disabilities. I will definitely be sharing this podcast. Well done!
Makes me wanna write
Found this inspiring. Thank you for doing it! Keep it up.
I'm a teacher, a librarian, and a writer. I learned about this podcast because I'm a member of NCTE. Thank goodness....I love to hear writers talk about why they write! And I love to learn about processes, habits, advice, and to always hear about writing that inspires. Keep making these!