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This week’s episode covers much territory, from cultivating mentors (whether they know they’re your mentors or not) to how to take care of yourself when writing trauma. This week’s guest, Joy Loya, had an unusual and powerful journey to becoming an author, and his story is testament to how we choose who we want to be in this world and how we show up.

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Weekly Inspiration for Writers

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. There’s always a takeaway at the end of each show for listeners, too. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.

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From Bank Robber to Author to Mentor, featuring Joe Loya

From Bank Robber to Author to Mentor, featuring Joe Loya

This week’s episode covers much territory, from cultivating mentors (whether they know they’re your mentors or not) to how to take care of yourself when writing trauma. This week’s guest, Joy Loya, had an unusual and powerful journey to becoming an author, and his story is testament to how we choose who we want to be in this world and how we show up.

Mining Humor in Serious Fiction, featuring Lysley Tenorio

Mining Humor in Serious Fiction, featuring Lysley Tenorio

How humor shows up in literature is the worthy topic of this week’s show—and Brooke and Grant interview Lysley Tenorio, someone who’s known for having an eye for the weird and absurd and rendering poignant experiences onto the page through humor. We talk about the kiss of death for authors who are trying to be funny, and offer up some advice for what to do if you want to write humor. Most important, however, we’re celebrating humor this week—and recommending some books that will lighten your mood. Also, please do not let this week end without watching the Philippine inmates reenacting Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which you can find here: https://youtu.be/hMnk7lh9M3o.

It’s All About the Story, featuring Donald Maass

It’s All About the Story, featuring Donald Maass

Donald Maass founded the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York in 1980. He is the author of Writing 21st Century Fiction and The Emotional Craft of Fiction, as well as many other books about the craft of writing. He’s an author, a literary agent, past president of the Association of Authors’ Representatives, Inc., and all-around industry veteran who supports writers to hone and to embrace their craft. For more about Don and his agency, visit: http://maassagency.com.

The Enduring Power of the Books That Change Our Lives, featuring Laurie Halse Anderson

The Enduring Power of the Books That Change Our Lives, featuring Laurie Halse Anderson

This week’s powerful episode features Laurie Halse Anderson, who was one of the early voices of the #MeToo movement about two decades before survivors started to share their stories en masse. We talk with Laurie about writing your truth, why the books on the Banned Books List make for good lifetime reading, and why kids and teens are usually the smartest, savviest readers, and also the toughest critics. If you have your own survivor story, this is also an important and validating episode you won’t want to miss.

Publicity Isn’t Rocket Science, but It’s Dang Hard, featuring Fauzia Burke

Publicity Isn’t Rocket Science, but It’s Dang Hard, featuring Fauzia Burke

Authors and aspiring authors alike won’t want to miss this week’s episode about all the things authors are expected to do that have nothing to do with writing the book. Fauzia Burke is one of the most upbeat and positive publicists we know, and she breaks down the real value of publicity, what are some of the things authors can do on their own, and why reviews matter. Don’t miss this one, and archive it for future reference.

Personal Writing as a Method for Change, featuring Michelle Tea

Personal Writing as a Method for Change, featuring Michelle Tea

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”: https://www.sfwriters.org/memoir-as-a-method-for-change.

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Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.

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She Writes is the largest platform for women writers. It provides writers with educational articles, expert interviews and group discussions to help them perfect their craft. National Novel Writing Month is a nonprofit literary phenomenon that boasts approximately 400,000 participants who pledge to write a full novel in a month. The platform has launched works including Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.

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