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First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing Mitzi Rapkin

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    • 4.7 • 159 Ratings

First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing is a weekly show featuring in-depth interviews with fiction, non-fiction, essay, and poetry writers. First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing highlights the voices of writers as they discuss their work, their craft, and the literary arts. This weekly show hosted by Mitzi Rapkin is a celebration of creative writing and the individuals who are dedicated to bringing their carefully chosen words to print as well as the impact writers have on the world we live in.

    Tracy Chevalier

    Tracy Chevalier

    Tracy Chevalier is the author of 11 novels and the editor of one short story anthology.  Her books include Girl with a Pearl Earring, Falling Angels, Remarkable Creatures, At the Edge of the Orchard, and A Single Thread.  She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and lives in London.  Her new novel is The Glass Maker.

    We talked about feeling writing in the body, Tracy’s research process, adding a touch of magical realism to her work, her writing influences for this novel in particular, her female protagonist, glass making, travel and more.
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Tommy Orange

    Tommy Orange

    Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts where he now teaches. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, he was born and raised in Oakland, California. His first book, There There, was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize and received the 2019 American Book Award. His new novel is Wandering Stars. He lives in Oakland, California.
    We talked about where creativity comes from, lightning strikes, creative writing, historical figures, music, and more.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lauren Camp

    Lauren Camp

    Lauren Camp is the author of eight poetry collections including Worn Smooth between Devourings, An Eye in Each Square, Took House, and In Old Sky among others. She is the Poet Laureate of New Mexico and was awarded a 2023 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Missouri Review, and The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day.

    We talked about being the Poet Laureate for New Mexico, dark skies in the Grand Canyon, the pressures of writing residencies, Lauren read some of her poems, adding photos to her collection, and seizing the day, when it finally arrives, to write.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Stacey D’Erasmo

    Stacey D’Erasmo

    Stacey D’Erasmo is the author of the novels Tea, A Seahorse Year, The Sky Below, Wonderland, and The Complicities and the nonfiction books The Art of Intimacy and The Long Run.  She is a professor of writing and publishing practices at Fordham University.
    We talked about inspiration and creativity as lightning bolts and melting, abstract art, aging as an artist, breakthroughs, and longevity in art.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Carvell Wallace

    Carvell Wallace

    Carvell Wallace is a New York Times Bestselling author, memoirist, and award-winning podcaster who covers race, arts, culture, film and music for a wide variety of news outlets.  His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the New Yorker and other publications.  He co-wrote the nonfiction book The Sixth Man.  His podcast Closer Than They Appear explored race and identity in America and his podcast Finding Fred was nominated for a Peabody Award.  His new memoir is called Another Word for Love.
    We talked about growing up with unstable housing, how writing helped him look at himself and his life differently, acting and becoming a creative, self-forgiveness, depression and holding trauma in the body, sobriety, the vast topic of love, Star Wars, and being a sensitive human.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Claire Messud

    Claire Messud

    Claire Messud is the author of six works of fiction. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellowships and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Her essay collection is called Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write. Her recent novel is called This Strange Eventful History.  She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her family.

    We talked about her family history, Algerian independence, the wisdom of age, emphasizing character, distance from true subjects, colonialism, and her novel’s structure.
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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

RKRK7312 ,

Such thoughtful questions and answers

I appreciate the depth of these exchanges. Each guest seems grateful for how thoughtful the interview goes. Such a benefit for us writers in the trenches. Thank you.

Ellie9876Hd ,

Favorite author interview podcast

I’ve tried many interview podcasts, but I keep coming back to this one. The interviewer really does her research, and strikes such a friendly tone with the authors, that I usually hear insights that you don’t get from other interviews. She also regularly interviews literary heavy hitters and prize winners, which I personally prefer to brand new authors.

hsifekj ,

A treat

This podcast is such a treat. The dialogue between Mitzi and the authors is so thoughtful and insightful. The process of writing has become so fascinating to me (a reader), and this podcast is a beautiful window into the craft of writing.

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