Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton provide you with creative writing inspiration, writing craft discussions, and literature from Washington, DC, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.
Self-Publishing with Sean Felix
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words does it take to capture a mood and what is it worth? The Inner Loop Author’s Corner November spotlight, Sean Felix, manages to capture the urgency and surreality of both insomnia and the magical city of Paris in his self-published poetry collection Did You Even Know I Was Here? And he explains why that urgency translated to the publishing process. Plus, we produce a few pandemic pantoums to capture the mood of the past two years.
Contest to Book Deal with Tope Folarin
Publishing a book is a long and unpredictable process that can seem opaque to new writers. Tope Folarin, author of A Particular Kind of Black Man, takes us on his journey from winning the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing to landing a book deal to being awarded the 2021 Whiting Award for Fiction. We laugh at the Oscar-style ceremony in which he won his first prize, and then cry when we hear his editor slashed 50 pages of his manuscript. Plus, Tope, Courtney, and Rachel take a stab at magical realism during our signature writing exercise.
Reckoning with the Future Past with Meg Eden
By writing something, do you make it real? Inevitable? In what ways do authors conjure stories from both the past and the future? Meg Eden, author of Drowning in the Floating World and The Inner Loop Author's Corner October spotlight, joins us in an exploration of how writers grapple with omniscience and blindness on the page, especially in the wake of disaster. And of course, no episode would be complete without some literary antics… look into the future with us as we try our hands at writing fortune cookie fortunes!
Starting Your Own Press with Courtney LeBlanc
Small presses are closely connected to local talent in a way the big five could never be. Poet Courtney LeBlanc dishes on the hows and whys of starting a new press. She tells us how Riot In Your Throat Press was born and published her latest poetry collection, "Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart” - The Inner Loop Author's Corner September spotlight. Plus, Rachel and the Courtney’s explore local lit the best way they know how… trivia!
Research in Fiction with Lauren Francis-Sharma
Whether it’s for setting, cultural information, or character development, research is essential to works of fiction. Best-selling author, Lauren Francis-Sharma, offers us her favorite resources, methods, and tricks to avoid procrastination when tackling a well-researched novel. Plus, Lauren, Rachel, and Courtney team up to uncover some unexpected novels that were actually based on true events… hint: there’s a lot of murder!
Time and Space with Zak Salih
In larger bodies of work, how can we use time and place to develop characters? Whether choosing a setting for a novel or deciding what details of an era to highlight in nonfiction, every detail should drive the story forward. The Inner Loop Author's Corner August spotlight: Zak Salih shares how time and place works on many levels in his latest novel, "Let’s Get Back To The Party." Plus, Courtney, Rachel, and Zak write themselves from different stages of their own timelines.
These two know their literary stuff! Smart, in-depth questions presented in a thoughtful, approachable way.
Rachel and Courtney are so fun to listen to as they discuss and interview others in the mysterious and wondrous world of writing!
Love this - what a great idea. So many writers need this kind of thing.