The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers across genres and writing fields. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer: when should you write for free? How do you balance your art with your day job? Who will give you permission to tell your story? The BinderCast is a production of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices in the media. Cover art (c) Ruth Tam.
Episode 13: Stephanie Land On Ducking Down and Barreling Through
How does a single mom go from cleaning houses to cashing an advance for a memoir? For Stephanie Land, it was all thanks to the Binders community. In this episode of The BinderCast, recorded at BinderCon this past October, Land tells the story of how an online community helped her take her career to places she'd never dreamt of – and the smart moves she made along the way.
For more on Stephanie, visit Bindercast.com.
Bonus: Danielle Dutton Reads From Margaret the First
Danielle Dutton reads an excerpt from Margaret the First, in which the narrator (Margaret Cavendish) describes the plays she is writing to be performed by an all-women troupe, at a time when women were forbidden to act on the English stage. The dialogue is between two male characters in one of these plays, Monsieur Take-pleasure and Dick.
Episode 12: Danielle Dutton Doesn’t Believe In "Women's Writing"
But she does support the writing of women. This week, we're chatting about what it means to be a woman in the heavily male world of writing -- whether you're Margaret Cavendish, the 17th century protagonist of Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First, or a modern day writer like Nell Zink, one of the breakout stars published by Dutton's Dorothy Project press.
For more on Danielle, visit Bindercast.com.
Episode 11: Shadi Petosky Has Seen The Future of TV
Between Netflix, Amazon, Seeso, and every other streaming platform out there, there's never been quite so much opportunity for TV writers — but how, exactly, does an aspiring screenwriter break into the biz and get herself a deal? On this week's episode of The BinderCast, Danger & Eggs creator Shadi Petosky shares how she went from designing website to pitching kids' shows — and what it takes to get a show from pitch to development to full fledged series. Shadi also talks about what it’s like to be a transwoman working in Hollywood, discussing how far the industry's come in its treatment of transpeople, and how very, very far it still has to go.
For more on Shadi, visit Bindercast.com.
Bonus: Wendy C. Ortiz reads from Excavation
A special bonus for BinderCast listeners. Here's author Wendy C. Ortiz reading from her memoir, Excavation.
Episode 10: Wendy C. Ortiz Is Controlling Her Own Narrative
Getting your story out there, in the way you want it to be told, is always a struggle — especially when you're relying on someone else to package and market that story appropriately. For Wendy C. Ortiz, whose first book told the story of her taboo relationship with her middle school English teacher, finding a publisher who understood her story, and didn't make her feel exploited, was a serious challenge. This week, we chat with her about tackling the topic of teen sexuality, finding a publisher who truly understands your book, and the benefits of going with a small press.
For more information on Wendy, visit bindercast.com
I like it, I love it, I want some more of it!
Informative, entertaining, and important!
for women writers— so helpful
I LOVE this podcast. The topics, the questions, the guests, it is all so relevant to my writing life and digital living/sharing/publishing. It can be very isolating writing in this digital age. There are many thorny issues to grapple with. The BinderCast gets at the heart of these issues with authentic and interesting guests and questions. Thank you!
Many⭐️and a lot of ❤️
As a freelance writer (editor and curator with a day job) focused on art and culture criticism, I find BinderCast a natural supplement to the phenomenal conference (BinderCon) founded by Leigh and Lux. I need quality resources and Leigh and Lux care. This podcast is perfect when you are feeling a block coming on and/or need an extra push in yor practice. It's a lot like listening to your best friend commiserate with you. I don't feel so alone after listening and I need all the help I can get. AND if you haven't been to the conference - FIND A WAY TO go. If not, listen to the podcast until you are able to go. ❤️