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Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton bring you creative writing inspiration, literature and craft discussions, and commiseration on the writing life with interviews, inspiration takeovers, and chats with poets and authors of fiction and nonfiction.

The Inner Loop Radio: A Creative Writing Podcast Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton bring you creative writing inspiration, literature and craft discussions, and commiseration on the writing life with interviews, inspiration takeovers, and chats with poets and authors of fiction and nonfiction.

    World-building Real-Life Cultures with Diana Rojas

    World-building Real-Life Cultures with Diana Rojas

    Real-world cultures come up all the time in any genre of writing, but it can be difficult to world-build with something so nuanced. Host Abi Newhouse speaks with The Inner Loop's July Author's Corner spotlight, Diana Rojas, about creating stories from our own cultures.
    They cover how time affects culture, how to use specific cultural details to world-build, and they try to untangle ideas about working around cultural generalizations. Plus, they bring a few cultural misconceptions to the table--Abi with Mormonism, and Diana with first-generation Latinos--and discuss how to use those misconceptions to their advantage in their writing.

    You can buy Diana's book here: https://bookshop.org/a/101989/9781558859944

    • 40 min
    Just Checking in with Serena Zets

    Just Checking in with Serena Zets

    Abi catches up with freelance journalist and writer for the 730DC newsletter, Serena Zets. They discuss the DC journalism scene, stories Serena's been working on lately, and how writing creative nonfiction can be a great starting point for journalistic stories.

    • 12 min
    Inspiration Takeover: Let the Ideas Carry You with Andrew Bertaina

    Inspiration Takeover: Let the Ideas Carry You with Andrew Bertaina

    Andrew Bertaina, author of “One Person Away From You” and the new essay collection “The Body is a Temporary Gathering Place,” suggests inspiration comes from reading. Andrew takes us through a writing prompt that leads him to fictionalize a meeting with his late grandfather in the afterlife. Try negotiating the speculative realm in your own writing, and if you’re stuck, you know what to do: pick up a book and find a line that reminds you why you started writing in the first place.

    • 9 min
    A New Point of View with Danielle Ariano

    A New Point of View with Danielle Ariano

    Finding the right point of view can make or break a story, and in nonfiction, the line of experimentation can be blurry. Hosts Abi Newhouse and Courtney Sexton speak with The Inner Loop’s June Author’s Corner spotlight, Danielle Ariano, about innovative points of view in memoir. They cover the empathy, challenges, and breakthroughs a new point of view can inspire, and Danielle reads from her new memoir, The Requirement of Grief. Plus, they all write a memory from someone else’s point of view, and the outcome is full of unexpected nuance.

    You can buy Danielle's book here: https://bookshop.org/a/101989/9798891320840

    • 34 min
    The Value of Independent Presses with Michael B. Tager

    The Value of Independent Presses with Michael B. Tager

    With the sudden shutdown of Small Press Distribution, let’s dig into the value of independent presses and how their downturn might affect us as both writers and readers. Michael B. Tager, Managing Editor of Mason Jar Press and author of Pop Culture Poetry: The Definitive Edition from Akinoga Press, talks about independent presses from both sides of the publishing experience. Plus, we play a little game called indie press or indie rock band... can you tell the difference?

    • 34 min
    Just Checking In with Joe McGinniss

    Just Checking In with Joe McGinniss

    The Inner Loop board member Leeya Mehta catches up with “Carousel Court” author Joe McGinniss for her new sub-series of Just Checking In: Writers in Solariums with Pets. The pair check in with the dogs and another secret pet (!), talk about the difference between the creative process of fiction and nonfiction, and discuss how writing nonfiction can offer a specific sort of peace. Joe says that “the reality is there is no reality,” especially in the thrilling, immersive, and terrifying experience of writing.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

GwenVV ,

Lit love!

These two know their literary stuff! Smart, in-depth questions presented in a thoughtful, approachable way.

NinjaYogaChick ,

Love This!

Rachel and Courtney are so fun to listen to as they discuss and interview others in the mysterious and wondrous world of writing!

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Great group

Love this - what a great idea. So many writers need this kind of thing.

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