The Writer’s Story
Stories of Displacement: Virginia Festival of the Book Panel

Stories of Displacement: Virginia Festival of the Book Panel

March 21, 2020

Meredith Cole interviews Clifford Garstang and Michael Zapata for a virtual version of their scheduled book panel at the Virginia Festival of the Book (canceled for coronavirus): Stories of Displacement: Fiction, Far from Home. They discuss their newest books and how their stories are about displacement, immigration and loss.

The Write Start: Virginia Festival of the Book panel

The Write Start: Virginia Festival of the Book panel

March 19, 2020

The Virginia Festival of the Book was canceled this year due to the coronavirus, so the Moseley critique group decided to make their publishing day panel "The Write Start" virtual! In this podcast, Deborah M. Prum, Jody Hobbs Hesler, BettyJoyce Nash and Meredith Cole critique the first 100 words of the 14 anonymous entries they received for the festival. They give the authors feedback on tone, genre, voice, word choice and more.

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Episode 13: Katrin Schumann

Episode 13: Katrin Schumann

February 19, 2020

Meredith and Kristin talk good writerly boosts from both accountability (feet to the fire) and vacation (feet in the ocean). Katrin Schumann joins them to discuss her novel, This Terrible Beauty, love in the midst of war, and how decent people can unintentionally wind up building an authoritarian state. 

Episode 12: Irène Mathieu

Episode 12: Irène Mathieu

January 28, 2020

Kristin and Meredith talk about New Year’s resolutions (pro and con) and rituals to start the writing year off right. Irène Mathieu, author and pediatrician, joins them to talk about poetry versus prose, having two demanding careers, and using sensitivity readers when writing about cultures and experiences not your own.

Episode 11: Padma Venkatraman

Episode 11: Padma Venkatraman

November 25, 2019

Kristin and Meredith talk about revising and first drafts, as well as the challenges of integrating political issues into their fiction. Their guest is Padma Venkatraman, award-winning author of The Bridge Home, a 2019 Global Read Aloud book, A Time to Dance, and Climbing the Stairs.

Episode 10: Phillipa “Pip” Ballantine and Tee Morris

Episode 10: Phillipa “Pip” Ballantine and Tee Morris

October 29, 2019

Kristin and Meredith talk about collaboration, and word count and rules for various genres. They interview the writing and podcasting duo Phillipa "Pip" Ballantine and Tee Morris about their writing journeys, steam punk, non-traditional publishing, and their writing partnership on various projects, including The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

Episode 9: Tara Laskowski

Episode 9: Tara Laskowski

September 30, 2019
 

Kristin and Meredith talk about how fall has inspired them to be productive on their writing projects, and chat with Tara Laskowski, award-winning author of short stories and the novel One Night Gone.

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.