By Courtney Balestier
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A podcast where writers talk writing.
||ExplicitMinisode: On Fear||Feeling it. Acknowledging it. Understanding it. Doing the work anyway.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32: Erica Dawson||Courtney and Erica Dawson, author of When Rap Spoke Straight to God, talk about the freedom of poetic forms, reclaiming the black female body, and introducing the women of the Bible to Lil' Kim.||9/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Margaret Wilkerson Sexton||Courtney and Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, author of A Kind of Freedom, talk about writing racial inequality, spanning generations, and listening to your inner voice.||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Lisa Ko||Courtney and Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers, discuss complicating the notions of motherhood, why working on your characters is working on yourself, and keeping the faith through seven years of novel drafts.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Robin MacArthur||Courtney and Robin MacArthur, author of Heart Spring Mountain, discuss the characters that stay with you, rewriting female narratives, and writing without yet knowing what you’re writing about.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: Natalie Goldberg||Courtney and Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones, discuss Natalie's new memoir, Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home; facing the same old writerly fears; and maintaining writing practice even in the face of cancer.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: Silas House||Courtney and Silas House, nationally bestselling author of Southernmost, discuss fictionalizing Appalachia, writing belief and doubt, and the question that leads him to a novel's real plot.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Elizabeth Catte||Courtney and Elizabeth Catte, author What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia, talk about writing into emotion—and with political urgency—and sharing vulnerability with your readers.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Robert Gipe||Courtney and Robert Gipe, author of Weedeater, talk about chain-smoking notebooks, how first books are like first dates, and all the books you'll ever write.||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Karan Mahajan||Courtney and Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs, talk about avoiding your deepest material, writing each draft from scratch and how to answer the question "What's your novel about?"||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Leni Zumas||Courtney and Leni Zumas, author of the new novel Red Clocks, talk about finding your style, fielding comparisons to Margaret Atwood and presenting yourself as a woman writer.||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: Jamie Quatro||Courtney and Jamie Quatro, author of the new novel Fire Sermon, discuss desire and faith, how running helps her work, and what challenges women authors face when they write about sex.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21: Keep the Channel Open + WMFA||Mike Sakasegawa is a photographer, writer, and host of the arts podcast Keep the Channel Open.||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Joanna Scutts||Courtney and Joanna Scutts, author of the new cultural history The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It, discuss writing the book you want to read and how the way we talk about our work affects the way we||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Celeste Ng||Celeste Ng is the author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Zinzi Clemmons||A podcast where writers talk writing.||10/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: Carmen Maria Machado||A podcast where writers talk writing.||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Matthew Newton||A podcast where writers talk writing.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Nick Riggle||A podcast where writers talk writing.||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpecial Episode: Readings by Glenn Taylor, Jeremy B. Jones & Rebecca Gayle Howell||A podcast where writers talk writing.||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason Two Announcement||A podcast where writers talk writing.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: Jennifer Haigh||A podcast where writers talk writing.||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Rachel Khong||A podcast where writers talk writing.||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Hanif Abdurraqib||A podcast where writers talk writing.||7/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Julie Buntin and Gabe Habash||A podcast where writers talk writing.||6/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: Garth Greenwell||A podcast where writers talk writing.||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: Yesenia Montilla||A podcast where writers talk writing.||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Jack Cheng||A podcast where writers talk writing.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Esmé Weijun Wang||A podcast where writers talk writing.||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Jason Diamond||A podcast where writers talk writing.||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBONUS Mini Episode: Talking Class + Art with Rebecca Gayle Howell||A podcast where writers talk writing.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Rebecca Gayle Howell||A podcast where writers talk writing.||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Tanwi Nandini Islam||A podcast where writers talk writing.||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: Juan Vidal||A podcast where writers talk writing.||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: Taylor Larsen||A podcast where writers talk writing.||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Emily St. John Mandel||Welcome to WMFA!||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A brilliant new podcast
WMFA is one of those ideas that's so good, you wonder why no one had done it before: a podcast where writers talk real talk about the process of writing, publishing, and paying the bills. A must-listen for those who write or want to write, and for anyone seeking creative community.
I particularly liked when Emily explained that writing is sometimes the antidote to all the ups and downs of publishing. What better way to deal with a misinformed review, or a rejection that is not about the work itself, but the moment in the market--all of those obstacles that can dampen the heart--but to simply get back to the story, to the work itself. Good advice for a lot of aspects of life, not just the writing life! Keep a'going! Can't wait to hear more.
A creative community for writers...
Courtney Balestier digs into the world of writing with an insightful first interview with Emily St. John Mandel. Most of us writer folk operate in the silos of our home offices. It's so refreshing to hear about the process and struggles of others, and to know that we are not alone. Looking forward to learning from this creative community. So encouraging!