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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.

    The Nuts and Bolts of Poetry with Amanda Shaw

    The Nuts and Bolts of Poetry with Amanda Shaw

    We talk about major writing tenets like plot, character, and setting all the time in fiction and nonfiction, but how do these ideas come up in poetry? Hosts Abi Newhouse and Aeriel Merillat speak with The Inner Loop's May Author's Corner spotlight, Amanda Shaw, about rooting the readers inside a poem, crafting a story's arc through a poetry collection, and the many levels of time throughout it all. Plus, try your hand at our trivia game, in which we guess which story matches each specific setting.

    • 38 min
    Inspiration Takeover: Using Your Dreams with Cameron MacKenzie

    Inspiration Takeover: Using Your Dreams with Cameron MacKenzie

    Looking for inspiration in all your usual places but coming up empty? Cameron MacKenzie, author of "The Beginning of His Excellent and Eventful Career" and "River Weather," suggests using your dreams to get you started on a new writing project. He takes us through his process of using one line to create a story, and how your unconscious brain can give you the best ideas. Take yourself seriously, he argues, even when you're not aware of what your self is up to.

    • 9 min
    Closure with Jo Ann Beard

    Closure with Jo Ann Beard

    In preparation for our upcoming Author’s Corner panel on knowing when the writing is done, let’s talk about writing endings! First released in December 2019, essayist and creative nonfiction icon, Jo Ann Beard joins us to discuss how to pack an ending with a punch! Plus, Courtney and Rachel rewrite the Christmas classic: T'was The Night Before Christmas.

    Join us for our Author's Corner Panel May 15th at 7pm at Kramers bookstore: Completing the Arc - Knowing when the Writing is Done.
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/completing-the-arc-local-authors-panel-tickets-872801632177

    • 32 min
    Just Checking In with Kris O'Shee

    Just Checking In with Kris O'Shee

    The Inner Loop board member Leeya Mehta catches up with Kris O'Shee, a professional counselor, choreographer, and writer. The pair talk about ideal times and locations for writing, O'Shee's new writing projects about family and dance, and the joys of her dancing dogs. They ask: what needs to be destroyed so something new can be created? All the metaphors are here to get your creativity going.

    • 15 min
    Venture Out of the Box with Rumi Ryan

    Venture Out of the Box with Rumi Ryan

    We've all heard the old writing adage: "learn the rules so you can break the rules." But experimental writing can be tricky--how do we know when we've created something truly interesting vs. something just a little bit kitschy? Hosts Abi Newhouse and Aeriel Merillat speak with The Inner Loop's Author's Corner spotlight for April, Rumi Ryan, about mixing forms, messing with modalities, and ultimately holding true to what makes your work feel different.

    • 32 min
    Inspiration Takeover: Asking the Right Questions with Rhaina Cohen

    Inspiration Takeover: Asking the Right Questions with Rhaina Cohen

    If you're having trouble putting your story together, it might be because you don't have the right information. Rhaina Cohen, author of "The Other Significant Others," discusses journalistic methods and solutions that apply to all writing conundrums. She takes us through one of her favorite writing exercises involving a series of questions that nail down the details of our stories, and she shares how to get in the right headspace to find the answers.

    • 10 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!

Bethcnumber 3 ,

Great group

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

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