The Writer’s Story
Episode 38: Writing Retreat

Episode 38: Writing Retreat

August 22, 2022

Meredith and Kristin recount experiences and lessons learned on their recent writing retreat in the beautiful Goshen Pass. Tune in for tips on organizing and enjoying your own such creative adventure!

Episode 37: Maya Smart

Episode 37: Maya Smart

August 1, 2022

The incalculable value of reading suffused this month's conversation with guest Maya Smart, whose new book Reading for Our Lives: A Literacy Action Plan from Birth to Six reflects her passion for growing literacy as it gives busy parents (and grands and aunts and uncles and) practical tools to help raise happy readers. We talked deep-dive research and the challenge of putting it into the hands of non-specialists in the context of the life-changing skill and pleasure that is reading. 

Episode 36: Stephanie Pearson

Episode 36: Stephanie Pearson

June 25, 2022

Meredith and Kristin talk endings - how do you know you're done?,... enough to start over, revising and all - and other crafty bits. Then Outside mag and National Geographic writer, Stephanie Pearson, joins us to talk about her new 100 Great American Parks book, which can't help but leave readers feeling oh-so-lucky to live in this wonder-ful, beautiful, care-worthy world.

Episode 35: Alma Katsu

Episode 35: Alma Katsu

May 17, 2022

Kristin and Meredith talk about secondary characters in stories, and chat with guest Alma Katsu about her new book THE FERVOR, historic fiction with supernatural and horror elements. They also talk about her thriller RED WIDOW, based on her career in intelligence, and her recent television deal.

Episode 34: Martien Halvorson-Taylor

Episode 34: Martien Halvorson-Taylor

April 30, 2022

Martien Halvorson-Taylor, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia joins Meredith and Kristin in conversation about writing and the Bible - writing about the Bible, writing in the Bible, and Martien's Great Courses on Audible course, Writing the Bible. Writing as an act of discovery and angles on translation, it's a conversation that tracks along many levels.

Episode 33: Ellen Crosby

Episode 33: Ellen Crosby

March 24, 2022

Kristin and Meredith talk about their latest projects, and the pros and cons of using software like Scrivener to write your novel. They're joined by author Ellen Crosby, the author of the Virginia wine country mystery series; who Meredith has known for years. Ellen's newest book BITTER ROOTS is out April 5, 2022.

Episode 32: Virginia Pye

Episode 32: Virginia Pye

February 1, 2022

Virginia Pye, author of two novels and  a collection of short stories The Shelf Life of Happiness, joins Meredith and Kristin in conversation about the hows and whys of community in writing (and surviving snow). She shares encouragement and advice with her inspiring story of "overnight success" following decades of honing her craft and building relationships. 

Episode 31: A Reading Year in Review

Episode 31: A Reading Year in Review

December 30, 2021

Kristin and Meredith look back on the books they've read this year that have influenced their writing and thinking about creativity. They also catch listeners up to date on new books for past guests.

Episode 30: Irene Ziegler

Episode 30: Irene Ziegler

November 15, 2021

Kristin and Meredith discuss revising and writing conferences, and interview Irene Ziegler--writer, actor, and voice-over artist. They talk about her varied body of work and how her acting influences her writing.

Episode 29: Michael Cordell

Episode 29: Michael Cordell

October 21, 2021

Kristin and Meredith talk about revision and deepening the emotion (and upping the stakes) for their characters. They interview Michael Cordell, screenwriter, playwright and novelist, whose legal thriller CONTEMPT came out last year. He has a new paranormal thriller out, OUR TRESPASSES.

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