Using Subtext and Omission to Achieve More by Writing Less, featuring EJ Koh and Charmaine Wilkerson

Aug 15, 2022

Charmaine Wilkerson and EJ Koh

This week’s episode is chock-full of craft tips and ideas for thinking about the subtle art of subtext and omission, featuring two of our favorite craft episodes from the past year. E.J. Koh and Charmaine Wilkerson will help you think about what to leave out, how to help your readers read between the lines, and why these craft techniques are an exercise in building trust with your readers. Two excellent writers on two important craft points that create more depth and sophistication when it comes to storytelling and scene-writing.


E. J. Koh is the author of the memoir The Magical Language of Others, and of the poetry collection A Lesser Love, winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize for Poetry. She is the co-translator of Yi Won’s The World’s Lightest Motorcycle. Her poems, translations, and stories have appeared in AGNI, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, POETRY, Slate, and elsewhere. Charmaine Wilkerson is from New York, has lived in Jamaica, and does much of her writing in Italy. Her debut novel Black Cake is a New York Times bestseller and a #ReadWithJenna book club pick. A screen series based on the novel is currently under development for Hulu. She’s a former US news and communication professional whose award-winning short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines.

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