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The Writing Show provides information and inspiration for writers of all kinds. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, songs, games, manuals, ads, reports, reviews, or poetry, we are here to entertain, help, and engage you.

    A Writer's Legacy: Walter Macken. Featuring Featuring Guest Hosts Mick Halpin and Rafael Guzmán

    A Writer's Legacy: Walter Macken. Featuring Featuring Guest Hosts Mick Halpin and Rafael Guzmán

    Every writer's dream is to create a legacy that lives on, informing and inspiring readers for generations after they themselves have perished.
    Ireland's most popular historical novelist, Walter Macken, who died in 1967, did just that. This week's show features a conversation between Dublin-based linguist Rafael Guzmán and Father Walter Macken, Jr., the son of Walter Macken, recorded earlier this year to mark the 40th anniversary of Macken's death. In this fascinating talk, Father Walter Macken Jr. candidly discusses his father's life and legacy, motivations, and methods.

    • 54 min
    2007 Holiday Short Story Celebration: "Santa Baby"

    2007 Holiday Short Story Celebration: "Santa Baby"

    This week we present two hilarious stories submitted by Writing Show listeners Eric Pliner ("Santa Baby") and Tim Tucker ("That Day in the Manger").
    After each writer reads his story, he joins Writing Show host Paula B. to talk about writing.

    • 46 min
    2007 Holiday Short Story Celebration: "That Day in the Manger"

    2007 Holiday Short Story Celebration: "That Day in the Manger"

    This week we present two hilarious stories submitted by Writing Show listeners Eric Pliner ("Santa Baby") and Tim Tucker ("That Day in the Manger").
    After each writer reads his story, he joins Writing Show host Paula B. to talk about writing.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Archimedes Codex: A Book within a Book within a Book

    The Archimedes Codex: A Book within a Book within a Book

    In 1998, a medieval prayer book sold for $2 million at a Christie's auction in New York City, to an anonymous bidder. No one could figure out why it went for so much, especially since it was in terrible shape. And everyone wondered what this mysterious buyer knew that they didn't.

    Now, almost a decade later, experts at Baltimore's Walters Art Museum, to which the manuscript has been entrusted, are learning the full extent of its value. It turns out that the prayers, penned by a Christian monk circa 1200 A.D., were written over an earlier text. But not just any text. The prayers were written over the lost works of Archimedes, the greatest mathematician of antiquity.

    What did this ancient manuscript hold? Literally the secrets of the universe. And in The Archimedes Codex, Stanford professor Reviel Netz and Walters Art Museum curator William Noel, who have been on the front lines of its decoding, tell its full story.

    Please join Reviel Netz, William Noel, and Paula B. as they delve into:

    How they got involved with the codex
    What sorts of issues they faced in conserving the artifact
    Why Archimedes is so important
    What has been discovered about Archimedes through the codex
    Why a scribe wrote over Archimedes' texts
    Where the codex was hiding over the centuries
    How the codex ended up at the Stanford Linear Accelerator
    Who's allowed to purchase precious artifacts like the codex, and under what conditions
    How they finally cracked the text.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Psychological Aspects of Writing

    Psychological Aspects of Writing

    Writers are just different. We face a variety of issues unknown to most people. What do we struggle with, and how can we rise to meet those challenges?

    Jurgen Wolff is a writing coach who writes films, plays, television shows, fiction, and nonfiction. He teaches creativity workshops around the world.

    Please join Jurgen and host Paula B. as they wrestle with:

    Which psychological issues are most common among writers
    How writers sabotage themselves
    How to keep from falling into bad habits
    Why we sometimes feel let down when we achieve a goal
    How to handle friends who are envious or disparaging
    How to make unpleasant tasks easier to tackle
    How to decide when to give up.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    First-Chapter Contest 2007 Follow-Up

    First-Chapter Contest 2007 Follow-Up

    We just concluded a big experiment: our 2007 First-Chapter-of-a-Novel Contest. Tune in and find out what went on behind the scenes.
    Join Writing Show host Paula B. and contest judge Ann Paden for this look at our 2007 First-Chapter Contest, including:
    Why we decided to offer feedback
    Why it was difficult to find judges
    How we came up with our fee structure
    What the role of Literary Market Place was
    How I flubbed up on the number of judges I'd need
    How the judges felt about writing 750-word critiques
    How the judges evaluated your chapters
    How one judge, Ann Paden, felt about the entries she read and about the contest itself
    What Ann recommends contestants do to improve their work
    What was involved in administering the contest.

    • 28 min

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