This week is a special episode in which Grant interviews New York Times best-selling author Ali Benjamin about how she reinvented Edith Wharton’s 1911 novella, Ethan Frome, for a modern-day audience.

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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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Rewriting Classic Stories, featuring Ali Benjamin

Rewriting Classic Stories, featuring Ali Benjamin

This week is a special episode in which Grant interviews New York Times best-selling author Ali Benjamin about how she reinvented Edith Wharton’s 1911 novella, Ethan Frome, for a modern-day audience. This interview, too, is as much about process than it is anything else—how Ali writes and constructs her stories, why she prefers revision over new writing, and the challenges she faced in creating a current-events story set against the backdrop of the Kavanaugh hearings. Not to be missed!

Capturing Universal Messages in Your Story, featuring Valarie Kaur

Capturing Universal Messages in Your Story, featuring Valarie Kaur

To access the universal, start with the particular. This is guest Valarie Kaur’s response to the question of how she’s able to access such profound and resonant themes and messages in her work. With this and more, Kaur, who leads the Revolutionary Love Project, talks about her writing process, the experience of delivering her popular TED talk, and her journey to becoming an author after years and years of being told her work didn’t matter. This episode beckons listeners to reach for their own ordinary courage and to see what blooms when it’s tended to.

Writing Multi-generational Stories, featuring Gabriela Garcia

Writing Multi-generational Stories, featuring Gabriela Garcia

The multi-generational story is one of the best-loved and most epic forms of fiction. In her debut novel, guest Gabriela Garcia beautifully executes a matrilinear story, and this week’s episode dives deep into questions of structure, legacy, voice, and centering women in fiction. Garcia’s Of Women and Salt is an extraordinary contribution to this literary form, and this insightful interview offers a glimpse into some of the considerations the author faced in the writing of the book.

Confessional Writing—or Just the Unvarnished Truth? featuring Kim Addonizio

Confessional Writing—or Just the Unvarnished Truth? featuring Kim Addonizio

Confessional writing—what is it? Something that needs to be defended? Just another way to disparage writers whose subject is self? This week’s episode with poet Kim Addonizio takes a look at what confessional writing might be, why the very characterization is problematic, and why Kim considers herself to be a poet of ideas.

Turning What You Love Into What You Do, featuring Tieshena Davis

Turning What You Love Into What You Do, featuring Tieshena Davis

Many authors discover their love of publishing through the process of publishing their work independently. In this episode, entrepreneur and publisher Tieshena Davis walks us through her journey from author to publisher, and inspires with her story of purpose and drive. This episode explores the intersection between doing what you love and loving what you do.

Geeking Out on Middle Grade, featuring Claire Swinarski

Geeking Out on Middle Grade, featuring Claire Swinarski

This week we’re spotlighting Middle Grade—as an evolving genre that’s increasingly popular not only with readers, but writers; and as a meaningful form that shapes kids’ understanding of the world. We’re geeking out with Middle Grade author Claire Swinarski—and even if you’re not writing Middle Grade, if you have a kid in your life, or were a reader as a kid, this episode is full of insights and information you won’t want to miss.

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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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