24 episodes

weekly podcast on writing and getting published

Writers on Writing Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

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weekly podcast on writing and getting published

    Julie Zuckerman and Annalee Newitz on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Julie Zuckerman and Annalee Newitz on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Short story author Julie Zuckerman, author of The Book of Jeremiah, joins Marrie Stone to share her novel in stories. Julie talks about drawing inspiration and structure from Elizabeth Strout's Olive Kittridge, how she structured the collection and the stories within, working with a small press (Press 53), and how a simple writing prompt unlocked Jeremiah Gerstler's complex character. In the second half, Annalee Newitz joins to talk about their latest novel, The Future of Another Timeline. They talk about how their science background feeds their fiction, what fiction can accomplish that nonfiction cannot, dealing with the complexities of time travel, and much more. Download audio.  (Broadcast date: January 22, 2020)

    Alix Kates Shulman on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Alix Kates Shulman on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Nearly 50 years after it first shocked readers nationwide, Alix Kates Shulman's, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen is still being hailed as a feminist classic. Inspired by the iconic protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant, and called by the Oxford Companion to Women's Writing "the first important novel to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement," the 1972 book continues to hit home with its comic portrayal of growing up female in a man's world in white middle-class pre-feminist America. The book was re-released last year. At 87, Alix is still writing, speaking, and taking her message to the streets. Alix talks about writing those daring sex scenes, her own terrifying illegal abortion, how fiction can change minds, and the slow but effective changes brought about by wave after wave of the women's movement. Download audio. (Broadcast date: January 8, 2020)

    Poet Michael Miller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Poet Michael Miller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Poet Michael Miller joins Marrie Stone for an hour of poetry and reflection on New Year's morning. He talks about his retrospective collection, Tea and Subtitles: Selected Poems 1999-2019, many addressing beginnings, endings, and New Year's Day itself. Michael discusses his life-long love of the form, how journalism aids his poetry, assembling the writer's toolbox, and the many poets who he recommends as accessible and necessary reads. Michael will appear at the LA Times Festival of Books on the poetry stage in April. Download audio.   (Broadcast date: January 1, 2020)

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Stephen Dunn

    Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Stephen Dunn

    Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his latest volume, Pagan Virtues. (There are a few audio challenges, but keep listening. It's worth it.) Download audio. (Broadcast date: Dec. 4, 2019)

    Beau L'Amour & Robin Cook join Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Beau L'Amour & Robin Cook join Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

    Louis L'Amour, father of the western and frontier novel, passed in 1988 leaving behind 89 novels, 14 short story collections, and mounds of unfinished manuscripts. His son, Beau L'Amour, continues his legacy by finishing many of his novels and short stories and adding notes, history, and backstory. He shares his latest, Lost Treasures Volume II, as well as his father's writing process, his relationship with Ray Bradbury, and more. Robin Cook, father of the medical thriller genre, joins in the second half to share his latest novel, Genesis. During his time in the navy, and after completing his medical training, Robin came on the writing scene in the 1970s with the novel Coma. Now, 35 novels later, he still thrills readers with his uncanny sense of where medical technology is heading, the radical advances and attendant consequences we're making, and how his longstanding and beloved characters deal with them. Download audio.  (Broadcast date: December 18, 2019)

    Tim O'Brien on Writers on Writing, KUCI

    Tim O'Brien on Writers on Writing, KUCI

    Tim O'Brien, National Book Award winning novelist and iconic author of The Things They Carried, joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest—and last—book. Dad's Maybe Book is at once a memoir, a love letter to his young sons, a meditation on war, a writing guide for writers, a history lesson, a literature lesson, and swan song to his fans. (Don't let the title or cover fool you . . . this book packs a meaty punch that extends well beyond fatherhood). Tim shares his enduring struggles with writing, with memory, and with his own father. Download audio. (Broadcast date: December 11, 2019)

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Awesome interviews love all the writing tips and learning about the writer’s process.

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Radio on Fire

I discovered podcasts in 2007 and very quickly found Barbara DeMarco Barrett's wonderful show Writers on Writing. After listening addictively to the shows available on itunes as well as the back catalogue on her website, I came to think of Barbara as a dear friend; she has such a warm, caring and well-informed presence as a host, and her serious love of books and writing can't help but appeal to those of us who love them as well. Of the book podcasts I listened to in those days, not many are still going, or still producing consistently enjoyable shows, so I think of this show as a Classic. I live in Canada but I love spending a little part of every week in Irvine, California! I hope they realize what they have in this wonderful show.

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