In this episode, we bring a guest whose story is intimately tied to Brooke’s personal journey out of traditional publishing. S. Bear Bergman shares with our listeners his own experience of the marginalization and “othering” he experienced as he worked to bring his experiences as a trans man to the page—and how and when he reached his “peak f-it moment.”

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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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Dreaming Big and On Your Own Terms, featuring S. Bear Bergman

Dreaming Big and On Your Own Terms, featuring S. Bear Bergman

Dreaming Big and On Your Own Terms, featuring S. Bear Bergman
Description: In this episode, we bring a guest whose story is intimately tied to Brooke’s personal journey out of traditional publishing. S. Bear Bergman shares with our listeners his own experience of the marginalization and “othering” he experienced as he worked to bring his experiences as a trans man to the page—and how and when he reached his “peak f-it moment,” prompting him to strike out on his own and found the publishing company, Flamingo Rampant, which publishes feminist, culturally-diverse children’s picture books celebrating LGBT2Q+ kids and families.

Bringing Wonder to Your Writing Process, featuring Jane Smiley

Bringing Wonder to Your Writing Process, featuring Jane Smiley

This week’s episode is in collaboration with WomenLit and brings us Brooke in conversation with Jane Smiley. In celebration of Jane’s latest novel, Perestroika in Paris, this is a conversation about wonder, about process, and about the upsides of being slow and steady. Jane is a true delight, a grounded and prolific author who always seems to be content being exactly where she is. So much to aspire to, and much to inspire too!

Happy New Year—and Getting Back to Normal? featuring Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner

Happy New Year—and Getting Back to Normal? featuring Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner

It’s a New Year!! Hallelujah. This week Brooke and Grant answer three questions around things they’ve been surprised that they miss, how their perceptions have shifted through the pandemic, and what they’re excited to get back to when things get back to “normal”—whatever and whenever that might be. And we invite our listeners to consider these questions for yourselves, too. HAPPY 2021!

Creating in Uncertainty, featuring Devi S. Laskar

Creating in Uncertainty, featuring Devi S. Laskar

What would you do if you lost your finished manuscript due to circumstances outside of your control? This is this week’s guest’s story. Devi Laskar’s resilience in the aftermath of police raiding her home and confiscating her computer is just part of this amazing and wild tale. Devi’s experience led us to think about all the ways in which writing is naturally uncertain, how there are no guarantees, and her well-taken point that the only thing all published writers have in common is that they didn’t quit. A perfect note to end the year on.

Radical Writing, Radical Change, featuring Kate Schatz

Radical Writing, Radical Change, featuring Kate Schatz

This week’s rad and radical episode touches upon the ways we are and aren’t educated in writing. Our guest, Kate Schatz, teaches writing, and was lucky to have had a teacher who championed her to become a writer. Not all of us get such early encouragement, but the good thing about our writing lives is that it’s never too late to seek out encouragement, collaboration, and other ways to bolster your writing lives and give you inspiration—including, we hope, this podcast.

Contemporary Poetry, featuring Michael Mejia

Contemporary Poetry, featuring Michael Mejia

In this heart-centered episode about poetry and the ways in which we touch each other through our words, guest Michael Mejia invites us to choose love over fear. In a wide-ranging conversation about how his brain injury set him free from writers’ block, to how he trusts the voice of poetry more than he trusts himself, this episode is a treat and a deep dive into the heart of what matters. We hope you’ll follow these links to watch two of Michael’s YouTube poetry videos here: “The Light of the Star” and “The Monarch.”

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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.

Two Like-Minded Communities

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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