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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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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 - Marie Mutsuki Mockett

    First Draft - Marie Mutsuki Mockett

    Marie Mutsuki Mockett was born and raised in California to a Japanese mother and American father, and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Her books include American Harvest, Where the Dead Pause and the Japanese Say Goodbye, and Picking Bones from Ash.
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    • 50 min
    First Draft - Mary South

    First Draft - Mary South

    Mary South is a graduate of Northwestern University and the MFA program in fiction at Columbia University. For many years, she has worked with Diane Williams as an editor at the literary journal NOON. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, The Baffler, The Believer, BOMB, The Collagist, Conjunctions, Electric Literature, Guernica, LARB Quarterly, The New Yorker, NOON, The Offing, The White Review, and Words Without Borders. We discussed her short story collection You Will Never Be Forgotten.
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    • 55 min
    First Draft - Lori Gottlieb

    First Draft - Lori Gottlieb

    Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, which is being adapted as a television series. In addition to her clinical practice, she writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and contributes regularly to The New York Times and many other publications. 
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    • 57 min
    First Draft - Vanessa Hua

    First Draft - Vanessa Hua

    Vanessa Hua is an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her novel, A River of Stars, was named to the Washington Post and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists. Her short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature and was a finalist for a California Book Award, and was reissued by Counterpoint in 2020. We discussed her collection Deceit and Other Possibilities.
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    • 50 min
    First Draft - Jane Hirshfield

    First Draft - Jane Hirshfield

    Jane Hirshfield is an award-winning poet, essayist, and translator. She is the author of nine collections of poetry, including Ledger; The Beauty, longlisted for the National Book Award; Come, Thief, a finalist for the PEN USA Poetry Award; and Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Hirshfield is also the author of two collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, and has edited and co-translated four books collecting the work of world poets. In this discussion we talked about Ledger.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    First Draft - Sue Monk Kidd

    First Draft - Sue Monk Kidd

    Sue Monk Kidd writes fiction and non-fiction. Her novels include The Secret Life of Bees, The Mermaid Chair, The Invention of Wings, and The Book of Longings. Some of her non-fiction titles include The Dance of the Dissident Daughter and When the Heart Waits. In this episode we discuss her new novel The Book of Longings
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    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

stuart sheldon ,

Incredible!

A writer herself, Mitzi Rapkin has mastered the author interview, getting us into the secret lives and the “why” of our favorite scribes

RosemariB ,

More Black authors?

I appreciate your format, the chance to hear details about the book and how & why the writer wrote it. It would be appreciated even more if you could interview more Black authors. Thanks for your podcast.

Rachel J. Walker ,

Invigorating and intelligent

Mitzi does an incredible job getting to the heart of her interviewee’s craft, likely because she is a writer herself. This is an elucidating podcast that’s become my go to whenever I’m stumped in my own writing, looking for inspiration, or are simply curious about a book or author.

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