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Take your writing from average to awesome, and learn tools of the trade from bestselling authors, master writing teachers, and publishing industry insiders. This podcast will give you tools and techniques to help you get those words on the page and your stories out into the world. Past guests include: Delia Ephron, John Sandford, Steve Berry, Jojo Moyes, Tana French, Guy Kawasaki, and more.

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Take your writing from average to awesome, and learn tools of the trade from bestselling authors, master writing teachers, and publishing industry insiders. This podcast will give you tools and techniques to help you get those words on the page and your stories out into the world. Past guests include: Delia Ephron, John Sandford, Steve Berry, Jojo Moyes, Tana French, Guy Kawasaki, and more.

    307: Mindfulness and Memoir — Interview with Mag Dimond

    307: Mindfulness and Memoir — Interview with Mag Dimond

    Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Mag Dimond.
    Mag Dimond has been a world traveler since the age of eleven, when her mother took her to live in Italy. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Central America, and ventured to such exotic landscapes as India, Cambodia, Bhutan, Japan, Kenya, China, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cuba. In her seventies now, she continues traveling, the most recent adventure being to Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle.
    After a career teaching writing to college students in San Francisco and Taos, she often volunteers as a writing tutor at 826 Valencia, an esteemed literacy program launched by David Eggers. A practicing Buddhist for twenty years, she is a classical pianist, photographer, gourmet cook, animal rescuer, and philanthropist.
    Today we’ll be discussing her book Bowing to Elephants, which has been honored by Kirkus Review with a starred review as one of the best Indie memoir/biographies of 2019. Prior to publication, excerpts from Bowing to Elephants appeared in American Literary Review, Travelers Tales Solas Awards, the Tulip Tree “Stories that Must be Told” awards, and the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom awards. Additionally, she has also published essays in Elephant Journal, a prestigious online magazine with a readership of almost two million people. It is truly an honor to have her here at DIY MFA today.
    In this episode Mag and I discuss: How journaling can lead to memoir-writing. A technique to help writers tap into their memories. Why clear thinking is crucial to clear writing.  How mindfulness and meditation can be powerful writing tools. Plus, her #1 tip for writers. Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Mag Dimond.
    Mag Dimond has been a world traveler since the age of eleven, when her mother took her to live in Italy. She has traveled extensively in Europe and Central America, and ventured to such exotic landscapes as India, Cambodia, Bhutan, Japan, Kenya, China, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cuba. In her seventies now, she continues traveling, the most recent adventure being to Machu Picchu and the Amazon jungle.
    After a career teaching writing to college students in San Francisco and Taos, she often volunteers as a writing tutor at 826 Valencia, an esteemed literacy program launched by David Eggers. A practicing Buddhist for twenty years, she is a classical pianist, photographer, gourmet cook, animal rescuer, and philanthropist.
    Today we’ll be discussing her book Bowing to Elephants, which has been honored by Kirkus Review with a starred review as one of the best Indie memoir/biographies of 2019. Prior to publication, excerpts from Bowing to Elephants appeared in American Literary Review, Travelers Tales Solas Awards, the Tulip Tree “Stories that Must be Told” awards, and the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom awards. Additionally, she has also published essays in Elephant Journal, a prestigious online magazine with a readership of almost two million people. It is truly an honor to have her here at DIY MFA today.
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    In this episode Mag and I discuss: How journaling can lead to memoir-writing. A technique to help writers tap into their memories. Why clear thinking is crucial to clear writing.  How mindfulness and meditation can be powerful writing tools. Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/307

    • 48 min
    306: Recipes for Poetry and Creativity - Interview with Marilyn Singer

    306: Recipes for Poetry and Creativity - Interview with Marilyn Singer

    Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Marilyn Singer.
    Winner of the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry, 2015, Marilyn Singer has written more than 100 books in many genres. She created a poetry form, the “reverso,” featured in three of her award-winning collections:  Mirror Mirror, Follow Follow, and Echo Echo.
    She co-hosts the Poetry Blast, which features children’s poets reading their work, at the American Library Association conference and other conventions. Marilyn lives in Brooklyn, NY and Washington, CT with a dog, a cat, and two doves, as well as her favorite dance partner, who also happens to be her husband. 
    On a more personal note, Marilyn is someone I consider a dear friend. We first met while standing in line for a book signing at BookExpo when I was just a newbie and I remember thinking “OMG this amazing author is talking to little ol’ me!” I’ve had the pleasure of featuring her on this show before (she was one of my very first interviews) and her books are among my children’s absolute favorites.
    So it is truly a pleasure and an honor to welcome the fabulous poet and children’s book author, Marilyn Singer back to DIY MFA Radio!
    In this episode Marilyn and I discuss: The inspiration behind Follow the Recipe Tying together the illustrations and poems Structuring a book of poems The reverso form The power of constraint in poetry How to get started writing poetry Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: www.diymfa.com/306

    • 54 min
    305: Adventure, Awe and Writing Practice: The Art of the Crowd-Sourced Memoir - Interview with Joe Bunting

    305: Adventure, Awe and Writing Practice: The Art of the Crowd-Sourced Memoir - Interview with Joe Bunting

    Hey there word nerds!
    Joe is a bestselling writer, novelist, and a dad. He leads The Write Practice community, an award-winning community of creative writers. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Talia and three kids and enjoys coffee and corpse reviver no. 2s.
    In this episode Joe and I discuss: The inspiration behind Crowdsourcing Paris A small, but powerful trick to overcoming writer’s block  Finding awe in the ordinary Structuring a memoir Creating risks and stakes in any story Developing a writing practice Plus, his  #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: www.diymfa.com/305

    • 49 min
    304: An Inside Look at Self-Publishing - Interview with Helen J. Darling

    304: An Inside Look at Self-Publishing - Interview with Helen J. Darling

    Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Helen J. Darling.
    Helen is the author of two humorous women’s fiction novels: Terms and Conditions and I’ll Know Me When I Find Me. She is also the resident self-publishing expert and columnist at DIY MFA.
    Helen worked in publishing for twenty years before acknowledging she’d like to write something herself. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she dabbles uncontrollably in hobbies from photography and painting to gardening, carpentry, and home renovations. She reads three or four books at a time. She also keeps bees. That’s why she takes so long to write her novels.
    You can learn about her latest distractions by joining her mailing list or following her on social media. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two children, a codependent beagle, and a cat who owns them all.
    In this episode Helen and I discuss: How working in academic publishing led to Helen’s writing career The flexibility that comes with self-publishing How self-publishing has changed Why writers choose self-publishing over traditional The two most important people on your self-publishing team Choosing the right people for your self-publishing team An overview of the editorial and publishing process The main parts of a book launch Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For info and more notes: diymfa.com/304

    • 44 min
    303: A Survivor Story as a Middle Grade Novel in Poems — Interview with Sonja K. Solter

    303: A Survivor Story as a Middle Grade Novel in Poems — Interview with Sonja K. Solter

    Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Sonja K. Solter.
    Sonja graduated from Stanford University and earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University, with a critical thesis on writing trauma in middle grade and young adult realistic fiction.
    She is currently a creative writing mentor to youth with the Society of Young Inklings and enjoys writing poetry and prose for children of all ages. When You Know What I Know is her gorgeous debut novel. Visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
    In this episode Sonja and I discuss: The inspiration behind When You Know What I Know Plot points in a character-driven story Writing a book in verse instead of prose How an ensemble cast effects the main character Writing about trauma in middle grade and YA How attending a conference led to publication Plus, her #1 tip for writers. For more info and show notes: www.diymfa.com/303

    • 37 min
    302: Building a Pop Poetry Empire — Interview with Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie

    302: Building a Pop Poetry Empire — Interview with Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie

    Hey there word nerds! Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Jade Dee and Wilnona Marie, the “And I Thought” Ladies!
    Jade is the 2019 Poet of the Year, and Wilnona is Advocate Awarded. Both ladies recently accepted the job as US correspondents for UK TV show Chrissy B on Sky TV. They recently made the list of 20 Iconic Authors according to Every Writers Resource Magazine. This dynamic duo has contributed to eleven books: The And I Thought Series & The Miss-Fit Guides.
    In addition, Jade and Wilnona are the Co-Founders of The Inspirational Women in Literature Media and Journalism Awards, The Thoughtful Book Festival, the 25 Hottest Authors Magazine & And I Thought Literary Magazine. They starred in docuseries Just Writin Life about authors. They will be starring in the film Create, Aspire & Inspire.
    They have co-hosted conferences on three continents. They have read poetry for loving fans in Australia, the U.K., Greece, and Canada, by Invitation for a regional poet laureate, and at the U.K. literary book festival. In July they were on their fourth European book tour reading their poetry, promoting their magazine and their movie.
    In this episode Jade, Wilnona and I discuss: The power of writers championing other writers The myth that you’ll never make money as a poet Understanding the impact of your writing  Using past success as inspiration to keep going Stepping into the limelight Taking a piece from page to stage Plus, their #1 tips for writers. For more info and show notes: www.diymfa.com/302

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