Welcome to First Draft with Sarah Enni, the podcast where we talk to storytellers about how their art informs their lives. Join host Sarah Enni every Tuesday for honest, meaningful conversations with storytellers about their unique perspectives on the creative process, and to provide more transparency about the professional side of artistic endeavors.
Shooping Together With Carson Ellis
Carson Ellis, author and illustrator of bestselling picture books Home and Caldecott Honor book Du Iz Tak?, talks about her newest picture book, In the Half Room.
International Settings (A Mighty Blaze Panel)
A conversation between Randy Ribay, author of the National Book Award Finalist Patron Saints of Nothing; Kelly Yang, author of Parachutes; Laura Taylor Namey, author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow; Mayra Cuevas, author of Salty, Bitter, Sweet.
Therapy on the Page With Justin Reynolds
Justin Reynolds, author of The Opposite of Always, talks about his new young adult contemporary novel, Early Departures.
Queer Love Stories (A Mighty Blaze Panel)
A conversation between Sam Maggs, author of The Unstoppable Wasp, Girl Squad: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History, and more; Lyla Lee, author of I’ll Be the One; Tobly McSmith, author of Stay Gold; Adiba Jaigirdar, author of The Henna Wars; and Leah Johnson, author of You Should See Me in a Crown.
Owning the Audience of One WIth Arvin Ahmadi
Arvin Ahmadi, author of Down and Across, Girl Gone Viral, and his latest, How it All Blew Up.
Grief and Trauma in YA (A Mighty Blaze Panel)
A conversation between Joseph Moldover, author of Every Last Breath; Alex Richards, author of Accidental; Liz Lawson, author of The Lucky Ones; Rocky Callen, author of A Breath Too Late; and Nina de Pass, author of The Year After You.
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Generous thoughtful interviews, YAS please!
Sarah Enni’s mission, to compile a community of new-ish authors and agents and editors, serves up actionable insights for readers and writers. Her standard questions give touchstones to a similar storytelling journey, and connect each interviewees’ view on writing and publishing.
Ps. the series ‘Track Changes’ is brilliant af and compiles the steps to traditional publishing that are hard for aspiring authors to find and learn. The community of writers owes Sarah a milkshake.
I listened to this for the first time for the Track Changes aspect. I teach creative writing and the information is helpful to pass along to my students.
One of the best writing podcasts
Sarah is an amazing interviewer! All the interviews are a good balance of writing-related advice and general life advice. The Track Changes series is especially so well done. I’m impressed at the way she broke down the publishing process in such a comprehensive and understandable way. This podcast inspires me every time, and I can’t wait for more content.