The Writer’s Story
Episode 8: J. Dana Trent

Episode 8: J. Dana Trent

September 4, 2019

Kristin and Meredith talk about writing and keeping a journal, and chat with J. Dana Trent, author of Dessert First and other non-fiction books on Christian meditation, Sabbath practice, and interfaith marriage.

Episode 7: Guest Deborah Prum

Episode 7: Guest Deborah Prum

July 30, 2019

Kristin and Meredith discuss writing groups and finding a writing community with guest Deborah Prum, author of humorous short fiction, award-winning short stories and historical non-fiction. With years of experience in writing groups, Deb gives tips on how to start and facilitate an effective writing group for all genres.

Episode 6: Guest Clifford Garstang

Episode 6: Guest Clifford Garstang

June 16, 2019

Kristin and Meredith discuss writing "the shadow" and going places in their writing that's uncomfortable. Guest Clifford Garstang joins to discuss his new book "The Shaman of Turtle Valley" and shares his writing journey.

Episode 5: Guest Rachel Howzell Hall

Episode 5: Guest Rachel Howzell Hall

May 15, 2019

Meredith and Kristin discuss unlikable protagonists (pros and cons), and talk with author Rachel Howzell Hall about her book They All Fall Down and her mystery series set in Los Angeles.

Episode 4: Guest Belle Boggs

Episode 4: Guest Belle Boggs

April 24, 2019

Meredith and Kristin talk about creating the perfect writing schedule, and talk with author Belle Boggs about her novel The Gulf, her non-fiction essays and about teaching writing.

Episode 3: Guest Patricia A. Smith

Episode 3: Guest Patricia A. Smith

March 28, 2019

Meredith and Kristin talk about life colliding with writing schedules, and welcome guest Patricia A. Smith, author of The Year of Needy Girls, to discuss literature for and out of the LGBTQ experience.

Episode 2: Guest Kathryn Erskine

Episode 2: Guest Kathryn Erskine

March 10, 2019

Author hosts Meredith Cole and Kristin Swenson discuss feedback (giving and receiving) and how it's particularly important to them both at this stage of their writing. They're joined by novelist and children's book author Kathryn Erskine, who won the 2010 National Book Award for Young People's Literature for her novel, Mockingbird.

Episode 1: Introduction

Episode 1: Introduction

February 4, 2019

Author hosts Meredith Cole and Kristin Swenson share their stories, and tell how they each came to become writers. They discuss craft and the three-act structure, outlining (yay or nay), the quest, and more.