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PWN’s Debut Review is a new podcast from Project Write Now, a nonprofit writing studio. Hosted by PWN instructors Ray Brunt and Courtney Harler, the podcast is devoted to debut art and its creators. Guests reveal their creative inspirations and motivations.

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    • 4.9 • 13 Ratings

PWN’s Debut Review is a new podcast from Project Write Now, a nonprofit writing studio. Hosted by PWN instructors Ray Brunt and Courtney Harler, the podcast is devoted to debut art and its creators. Guests reveal their creative inspirations and motivations.

    To Be Unequivocal with Hannah Anderson Harris

    To Be Unequivocal with Hannah Anderson Harris

    Today’s guest is Hannah Anderson Harris. Hannah writes essay, memoir, and commentary. Her latest piece appears online in Hypertext. Hannah is a graduate of Sierra Nevada University, where she served as faculty advisor and managing editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.

    Ray and Courtney first met Hannah in graduate school in 2017 and are thrilled to reconnect with her in today’s episode. We discuss reinventing the workshop model, finding joy after grief, and celebrating lesbian culture.

    • 57 min
    Rebuilding Bridges with Ken Womack

    Rebuilding Bridges with Ken Womack

    Today we interview Ken Womack, a prolific writer and professor at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. A leading worldwide authority on the Beatles, Ken hosts a podcast for Salon called Everything Fab Four. Ken’s latest novel, The Time Diaries, is available now through Mt. Nittany Press.
    In our chat, Ken discusses his particular path toward scholarship and publication. He treats us to a reading from his new novel, and then shares his thoughts on his work-in-progress.

    • 46 min
    The Palette of the Times with Philip Dean Walker

    The Palette of the Times with Philip Dean Walker

    Today’s guest is Philip Dean Walker. Philip is the author of three collections of short stories: At Danceteria and Other Stories from 2016, Read by Strangers from 2018, and most recently, Better Davis and Other Stories, which just launched in September of 2021.
    In this episode, Philip tells us about his lifelong love of both reading and writing. He also shares his many research techniques for capturing the true zeitgeist of past eras in his short fiction. Philip hints at what’s next for him in his creative life, and offers listeners some of his favorite reading recommendations.

    Please note: This episode contains sexual content.

    • 35 min
    Aiming for Delight with Pamela K. Johnson

    Aiming for Delight with Pamela K. Johnson

    This week we are thrilled to talk to Pamela K. Johnson: a writer, editor, and filmmaker. During the pandemic, Pamela published debut op-eds in both the LA and NY Times. She’s deeply engaged in all manner of art, education, culture, and community—and those interests resonate beautifully in her recently published work.


    During our chat, Pamela pays due credit to her earliest writing mentors, and then discusses how to publish, and teach, the op-ed itself. Pamela is also currently hard at work on a historical novel, and we talk about how she sustains her many ongoing creative projects.

    • 38 min
    Anti-Nostalgia with Brittany Ackerman

    Anti-Nostalgia with Brittany Ackerman

    In our first episode, we talk to Brittany Ackerman, author of the debut novel The Brittanys, which launched in June 2021 from Vintage. Brittany’s debut memoir, The Perpetual Motion Machine, won the 2016 Nonfiction Award from Red Hen Press.
    In today’s chat, we discuss Brittany’s development as a writer—from literally scribbling on the walls as a young child to winning publication awards soon after graduate school. And, of course, we discuss, in depth, both of her debut books.

    • 55 min
    Trailer

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    Introducing PWN’s Debut Review, a new podcast from Project Write Now, a nonprofit writing studio. Join hosts Ray Brunt and Courtney Harler as they “debut” the podcast. They discuss the inspiration for the podcast and what listeners can expect. So follow us today on Apple and Spotify! Episode 1 drops Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

ZoëG ,

A Must Listen For Writers & Creatives

I’m loving the conversations Courtney and Ray are having with these writers so far. The hosts are engaging and witty while also asking intelligent questions to keep the discussion moving. Recommending to all my artist friends.

EvieCamu ,

Great Podcast and Very informative

I really have enjoyed this podcast and the episodes that have been available. Ray and Courtney are great hosts and ask good questions of the artists/writers. It’s refreshing and insightful to hear other writers talk about their own writing and creative processes. My favorite part is when they ask the writers to read their work aloud. It’s really nice to hear the writers read their own work and hear the passion in their voice for their stories. An honest, insightful, informative and enjoyable podcast. Love it! Keep them coming please!

gaygirl_ ,

The Writing Podcast I’ve Been Looking For

YES! I’ve been searching for a thoughtful, high-quality, and well-produced podcast about writing...and here it is! Ray and Courtney are great conversationalists, engaged listeners, and true lovers of literature and art. This is entering my regular rotation of favorite podcasts.

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