Hosted by Rachel Thompson, author and literary magazine editor, this podcast will help you write publish and shine the light of your writing into the world. Episodes delve into how to polish and prepare your writing for publication and the journey from emerging writer to published author.
#11 The Fiddlehead—Understand Who You Are with Alicia Elliott [Replay]
“I think that when a writer doesn’t have a good understanding of who they are and what their beliefs are...they are going to necessarily lack the conviction in their writing to go daring places, and ask daring questions.” —Alicia Elliott
Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer and the new Creative Non-Fiction editor at The Fiddlehead magazine. She is also someone both daring in her writing, and solid in her beliefs.
She talks to host Rachel Thompson about the craft of creative nonfiction, editing your own work, and how to write about trauma without having to really write about a traumatic event. She also shared what happened when she took a year off to write. (The answer may surprise you!)
For an episode transcript and links to articles and works mentioned in the podcast, go to rachelthompson.co/podcast/11-replay
#44 Genius and Estrangement with Ploi Pirapokin of Newfound #LitMagLove
In this episode, Ploi Pirapokin and Rachel Thompson start deep, jumping right into discussing estrangement for writers. Ploi shares about writing through immigration statuses and her Genius Visa. There is A LOT of laughter in this episode. (Rachel edited the big bursts of them, so they don't blast your eardrums.) You will find Ploi's joy as infectious—in the best way—as Rachel did during the interview. Ploi Pirapokin also reads from her award-winning lyric essay, “How to be Extraordinary in America.”
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Find all the show notes and a full transcript of the interview at rachelthompson.co/podcast/44
#43 What if my story isn't special?
The biggest epiphany I had about my writing in the last year is that there is nothing special about my story. This sounds like a terrible epiphany, I realize! But it was so liberating. Let me explain.
Full episode transcript available in the show notes on rachelthompson.co/podcast/43
#42 Rowan McCandless on How to Create a Writing Community
Emerging author, Rowan McCandless shares how she built her writing community. She and Rachel discuss the four different forms of writing groups she engages. She also shares a racist experience she had in a writing course.
Plus you can hear Rowan read from Persephone's Children, her forthcoming book of essays, out from Dundurn Press in September 2021.
#41 Five Steps to Publishing Your Writing in Literary Journals #LitMagLove
In this first solo episode after the Write, Publish, and Shine podcast reboot, I talk about the five things editors want in your writing submissions to journals. This is all based on my experience reading submissions, publishing work in a lit mag, and talking to dozens of editors from other literary journals who do the same.
If you'd like to find assignments to help you get more of each of the five items in your writing, check out my article here: https://rachelthompson.co/w-r-i-t-e/
Write, Publish, and Shine! (Announcement)
I have an announcement about this podcast, but before we get to it, I want to thank you for continuing to listen in this almost year since I released new podcast episodes. I feel you out there, I see the numbers, too, so I know you’re still out there listening and waiting for new episodes. So, thank you, thank you, thank you for your patience.
Find the full transcript of this episode here: https://rachelthompson.co/podcast/reboot/