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Journalist Hattie Crisell visits the studies of writers of all kinds – novelists, screenwriters, poets, journalists and more – to find out how they write, why they write, and what they can teach us about doing it better.

In Writing with Hattie Crisell Hattie Crisell

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Journalist Hattie Crisell visits the studies of writers of all kinds – novelists, screenwriters, poets, journalists and more – to find out how they write, why they write, and what they can teach us about doing it better.

    Georgia Pritchett, comedy and drama writer

    Georgia Pritchett, comedy and drama writer

    Georgia Pritchett is my very funny guest this week. She's been writing for TV since the early Nineties and has worked on Smack the Pony, The Thick of It, Veep, Succession and, importantly, Spice World. She's also the creator of the new Apple TV series The Shrink Next Door, starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn – and she has recently published a wonderful memoir about anxiety, My Mess Is a Bit of a Life.

    Georgia spoke to me in early November about the grain of honesty in every good joke, why Armando Iannucci says that team writing is like making a gravy, and what she's learnt about rich people from working on Succession.

    Buy My Mess Is a Bit of a Life here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/5954/9780571365883

    This episode is sponsored by Scribe Lounge: https://scribelounge.com/

    • 49 min
    Shaun Usher, curator of correspondence

    Shaun Usher, curator of correspondence

    The 40th episode of In Writing focuses on the art of letter-writing. Shaun Usher, who spoke to me last week from his home in Manchester, is the founder of Letters of Note, a blog that led to several very successful books and a star-studded live event (Letters Live). He has dedicated his career to finding the most brilliant, funny, insightful or poignant letters from all over the world and bringing them to a wider audience – whether that's a young Tom Hanks trying to charm the director George Roy Hill, or Albert Einstein's letter to a Sunday school class.

    Shaun speaks to me about falling in love with his wife and the letter-writing tradition at the same time; the massive research involved in his job; and the very finest letters he's read.

    Shop the Letters of Note series in the In Writing bookshop: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/in-writing

    Follow Letters of Note on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lettersofnote and make sure you have a look at Letterheady, Shaun's collection of wonderful letter heads: https://www.letterheady.com/

    • 58 min
    Liane Moriarty, novelist

    Liane Moriarty, novelist

    Australian writer Liane Moriarty joins me this week from her family home in Sydney. Liane has written nine novels, including her latest mystery Apples Never Fall, and has sold over 20 million books worldwide. She is perhaps best known as the author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers, which were adapted into glossy TV series starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Melissa McCarthy. 

    Liane talks to me about the dark turn that took her fiction from successful to stratospherically successful, her no-planning approach to plot, and how she and her writer sisters help each other navigate reviews.

    Browse Liane's books and buy Apples Never Fall at the In Writing bookshop, where 10% of your money goes towards the making of the podcast: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/in-writing

    • 47 min
    Craig Taylor, oral historian

    Craig Taylor, oral historian

    Today's interview is with the writer and editor Craig Taylor, who dials in from an island shack off the coast of western Canada. Once a Guardian contributor, with his column One Million Tiny Plays About Britain (which became a book and a play), Craig has since become known for oral histories including 2006's Return to Akenfield and 2011's Londoners. For his latest book New Yorkers, he collected and edited over a million words of interviews with residents of the Big Apple; this week it won a Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize.

    We spoke in May, when he told me all about his quiet island life, the routines he uses to keep himself productive, and how he pulled together his ambitious portraits of London and New York.

    Buy New Yorkers here: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/5954/9781848549708

    Craig is also the editor of the literary magazine Five Dials: https://fivedials.com/

    And read the Guardian piece on handwriting vs typing here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/16/cognitive-benefits-handwriting-decline-typing

    • 47 min
    Meg Mason, novelist

    Meg Mason, novelist

    It's wonderful to have novelist Meg Mason on the podcast this week. On holiday in June, I got more hooked on her novel Sorrow and Bliss than I have been on perhaps any other book of this year. 

    Speaking to me from Sydney in August, Meg talked about her complicated feelings about the memoir she published in 2012 and the unpublished novel she completed just before Sorrow and Bliss. She gave some useful advice on characterisation, and shared the daily exercise she used to boost her confidence when writing was a struggle.

    Buy Sorrow and Bliss and other books by guests of the podcast here: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/in-writing

    Read Meg's very funny Gift Ideas for the Writer in Your Life at The New Yorker here: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/gift-ideas-for-the-writer-in-your-life

    And browse the best of her pinboard here: https://megmason.com/credits

    This episode of In Writing is sponsored by Curtis Brown Creative. Use code INWRITING20 for £20 off one of their four, six, or ten-week online writing courses. Go to http://www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk to find out more.

    • 51 min
    GUEST EPISODE: The Offcuts Drawer with Laura Shavin

    GUEST EPISODE: The Offcuts Drawer with Laura Shavin

    Not a normal In Writing episode today, but a wholehearted recommendation for something new. This is a guest episode of the excellent podcast The Offcuts Drawer with Laura Shavin, on which successful writers share the contents of their bottom drawer – the bits of writing they never finished, had rejected or just like to hold on to for nostalgic reasons. Actors perform these pieces and the writer chats to host Laura Shavin about the stories behind them. In this episode, Laura meets Chris Lang, writer of the ITV detective drama Unforgotten (and lots more projects along the way).

    Do subscribe to The Offcuts Drawer with Laura Shavin – it can be found here: https://offcutsdrawer.com/ – and follow Laura on Twitter at https://twitter.com/laurashav

    I'll be back with a new episode of In Writing with Hattie Crisell on Friday.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
240 Ratings

240 Ratings

Litty1 ,

Love this podcast!

I really do love this podcast - it’s Insightful, thought provoking and often funny. Hattie Chrissel is amazing in how she gets her guests to open up in such a natural and authentic way. She should immediately be declared a national treasure and given a television show!

Hercules12three ,

Great conversation with great guests

This is a great podcast which I’d recommend for anyone interested in writing - or just people and craft. Hattie brings in an incredible line up of guests for genuine conversation about their writing. There are occasional sound quality issues but Hattie always explains these ahead of time. Well worth subscribing.

Rvdrnaut ,

Insightful and Intriguing

If you’re curious about writers and what they do or fail to do.

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