14 episodes

The Fail Safe podcast explores how today’s most successful writers grapple with and learn from creative failure. From the blank page to the broken sentence, we examine the many challenges and pitfalls of the literary life and discover how authors transform false starts, dead ends, and assorted blunders into works of literary genius. Produced collaboratively by draft: the journal of process and The Iowa Writers’ House, The Fail Safe provides encouragement for anyone who’s ever wanted to write and pulls back the curtain on the creative process for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the writer-at-work.

The Fail Safe Rachel Yoder

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 18 Ratings

The Fail Safe podcast explores how today’s most successful writers grapple with and learn from creative failure. From the blank page to the broken sentence, we examine the many challenges and pitfalls of the literary life and discover how authors transform false starts, dead ends, and assorted blunders into works of literary genius. Produced collaboratively by draft: the journal of process and The Iowa Writers’ House, The Fail Safe provides encouragement for anyone who’s ever wanted to write and pulls back the curtain on the creative process for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the writer-at-work.

    Episode 14: Carmen Maria Machado

    Episode 14: Carmen Maria Machado

    Host Rachel Yoder interviews author Carmen Maria Machado who talks about anxiety writing outside her genre, why her attempts at novel writing keep failing, and what she thinks about Cat Person.

    • 51 min
    Episode 13: Lauren Haldeman

    Episode 13: Lauren Haldeman

    Host Rachel Yoder interviews poet LAUREN HALDEMAN about the importance of writing terrible poems, the relationship between failure and humor, the lessons of grief, & what exactly it means to "be on the opposite of drugs."

    • 49 min
    Episode 12: Alexander Chee

    Episode 12: Alexander Chee

    Host Rachel Yoder talks with ALEXANDER CHEE about how to mentally prepare for a book's publication, the trials & tribulations of a 15-year novel project, & his ingenious journaling system that keeps him on task.

    • 55 min
    Episode 11: Kelly Link

    Episode 11: Kelly Link

    Host Rachel Yoder talks with KELLY LINK about the gifts of interesting failures, how imagining really bad stories can actually help your writing, and how she successfully blazed her own path all the way to a Pulitzer nom as a slipstream writer.

    • 53 min
    Episode 10: Kristen Radtke

    Episode 10: Kristen Radtke

    Host RACHEL YODER talks with author and artist KRISTEN RADTKE about her evolution as a graphic essayist, the many foolish snobberies of grad school, and the connection between pathological liars and successful writers.

    • 39 min
    Episode 9: Jessica Hopper and Alissa Nutting

    Episode 9: Jessica Hopper and Alissa Nutting

    Host Rachel Yoder talks with music critic Jessica Hopper and author Alissa Nutting about everything from productive stalking and self doubt to parenting as a writer and early failed forays in poetry.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Daveiii ,

Failure in All its Glory

Writers love to focus on failure, so it makes sense that this podcast was born. I’m surprised it wasn’t made sooner! Rachel is a dedicated writer, thinker, and host, though, so I’m glad she’s the one doing it. Her interviews never feel pat and the guests she brings on have illuminating takes on the many types of failure (and success!)

ashayward ,

Good Stuff!

Excellent insights into the creative process. Thank you for providing this podcast!

RobbyHo1976 ,

Excellent Interviews and Writing Insights

I'm a big fan of this podcast - The interviewers are smart and do a great job of getting some really interesting commentary out of the talented writers they talk to. Definitely worth a listen for writers AND readers.

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