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A peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers reveal what it really takes to get pen to paper.

10 Minute Writer's Workshop New Hampshire Public Radio

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A peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers reveal what it really takes to get pen to paper.

    Workshop 61: The Last Line

    Workshop 61: The Last Line

    After more than two years and 60 episodes, the 10 Minute Writer’s Workshop is signing off to make room for new projects and podcasts. Thanks to everybody who has listened and learned from the show. 
    As we dream up our next undertaking, we want to hear from you aspiring writers and literature lovers out there. What sorts of things do you do to keep yourself creatively engaged? Are there exciting writerly events happening in your community? Do you lead a book club, or a writers workshop of your own? Let us know! You can reach us several ways:
    Send us a message on Facebook: @10MWW
    Twitter:  @10minutewriters
    Or send an email to: wordofmouth@nhpr.org 
    We’re not sure what the future holds (creativity takes time, after all!) but to hear about upcoming projects involving Virginia Prescott, follow her @Verginger. 

    • 2 min
    Workshop 60: Manoush Zomorodi

    Workshop 60: Manoush Zomorodi

    Some of you may know Manoush Zomorodi as host of the podcast Note to Self from WNYC. She is also, now, an author. Her book Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self came out of her own experience and curiosity about the creative process and confronting digital distractions - one of the biggest challenges for writers. She asked her audience to help her figure out what it would mean to let all of that go and to learn to shut down in order to build your creative juices up. Bored and Brilliant is the result, and it begins with an extreme case of writer’s block – what Manoush refers to as “a blankness.”
    Episode music by Ryan Andersen
    Follow us on Twitter @10MinuteWriters and find Manoush at @manoushz and @NoteToSelf

    • 12 min
    Workshop 59: Jennifer Egan

    Workshop 59: Jennifer Egan

    Conventional, linear narratives are not really Jennifer Egan’s thing. She's a shape-shifter of fiction – jumping through time, space, voices and forms. She's written a graphic novel, a short story composed of tweets, and, in the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad, a kind of novel-as-concept album. Jennifer Egan takes on historical fiction in her newest novel, Manhattan Beach. We called her at her home in Brooklyn to ask about her process and how she begins her unpredictable novels.

    • 11 min
    Workshop 58: Welcome to Nightvale's Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink

    Workshop 58: Welcome to Nightvale's Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink

    Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink, co-creators of the phenomenally popular Welcome to Nightvale podcast, the “Nightvale Presents” series of podcasts, and New York Times bestselling co-authors of the new novel, It Devours, their second book set in the fictional world of Nightvale. We caught up with them at the 2017 Boston Book Festival. Episode Music by Disparition

    • 13 min
    Workshop 57: Dan Brown

    Workshop 57: Dan Brown

    The blockbuster 2003 thriller The Da Vinci Code launched Dan Brown into the best-selling stratosphere. More than 200 million copies of his books have sold worldwide since. Three of his novels have been made into films starring tom hanks as fictional Harvard professor Robert Langdon. Brown is a disciplined writer, rising at 4am to a breakfast smoothie and "bulletproof" coffee, writing every day, and throwing himself into his research. He spent four years researching Origin, his latest novel, which again thrusts Langdon into a 24-hour scavenger hunt for keys, codes and symbols in spectacular European locations. The breathless action drives bigger questions about faith, conspiracies, and organized religion. The question of whether contemporary notions of god can withstand scientific scrutiny is at the heart of Origin. We caught up with him just before discussing the book at The Music Hall in Portsmouth for Writers on a New England Stage.
    Music in this episode by Gregory W. Brown, used with permission by PARMA Recordings, and Podington Bear.

    • 11 min
    Workshop 56: Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz

    Workshop 56: Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz

    For many writers, hitting their stride means finding their voice. Success for Sarah Hurwitz is in creating a voice for others. Sarah was candidate Hillary Clinton’s chief speechwriter during the 2006 Presidential primary, and was quickly snatched up by the Obama campaign team. She landed in the White House, soon being named First Lady Michelle Obama’s head speechwriter. We asked Sarah about her work and confirmed that she worked on that 2008 speech to the Democratic National Convention that was plagiarized by then candidate Trump's wife, Melania at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

Dh5673 ,

Fantastic broadcast!

This podcast is so informative & inspiring. Always makes my day!

HLS6 ,

Perfect!

Excellent guest list, adept interviews (no cringing here), clean production quality. This podcast is absolutely wonderful... Makes me wish for 20 minutes instead of 10. Thank you!

PS. Dear NHPR, I am SO SORRY to hear this podcast has ended! Best of luck in all you do, and please don’t forget “us writers” as you plan your next project. HS 2/4/18

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Thoughtful, informative, and as quick as promised!

I am a process junkie. I love hearing about how writer's write, and this podcast brings it.

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