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.
Why the Bodega Doors Opened For Jacqueline Woodson
Jacqueline Woodson is a 2020 MacArthur Genius fellow, National Book Award winner, Newberry, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King winner, former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming, Red at the Bone, Another Brooklyn, Before the Ever After and many, many more. She joins us to talk about her picture books with Rafael López, The Day You Begin and The Year We Learned to Fly.
Workshop of Joy With Lamar Giles
Lamar Giles, author of the acclaimed novels Fake ID, Endangered, Overturned, Spin, Not So Pure and Simple. He joins us to talk about his middle-grade series The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, Last Chance for Logan County, and and The Last Mirror on the Left.
Reclaiming Authenticity With Varian Johnson
Varian Johnson, award-winning author of The Parker Inheritance, Twins, The Great Greene Heist, joins us to talk about his most recent middle-grade, Playing the Cards You’re Dealt.
It Can't Be a Soundbite With Kekla Magoon
Kekla Magoon is the award-winning author of many novels and nonfiction books for kids and teens, including How It Went Down, The Season of Styx Malone, and her newest, Revolution In Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People.
Artists Have to Remember With Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including My Sister's Keeper, Nineteen Minutes, and Small Great Things, talks about her latest, Wish You Were Here.
Bolts of Lightning With Karen M. McManus
Karen M. McManus is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of young adult thrillers, including the One of Us Is Lying series (now a Peacock TV show), Two Can Keep a Secret, The Cousins, joins to talk about her latest, You’ll Be the Death of Me.
I find myself turning to this podcast every time I want to feel inspired. Writing can be a solitary task but there is so much solidarity to be found here. Sarah Enni makes every conversation sound like she's sitting down to chat with a friend, and her industry-focused episodes are full of insights for both aspiring writers and established alike. Well done, Sarah!
This is a great podcast for both writers and readers! I love learning more about my favorite authors, and as a writer, I’ve unearthed some great nuggets of wisdom and advice!
Love tuning in to these conversations whenever I walk my ‘weagle’ Monty. With interview formats, sometimes there’s an inverse proportion between polish and authenticity, but Sarah consistently strikes just the right balance to get to something fun, useful, and real.
Thanks for keeping me (and Monty) inspired.