31 episodes

Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton provide you with creative writing inspiration, writing craft discussions, and literature from Washington, DC, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

The Inner Loop Radio: A Creative Writing Podcast Literary Readings, Interviews, and Discussion

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Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton provide you with creative writing inspiration, writing craft discussions, and literature from Washington, DC, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

    Episode 29: Let's Talk About Sex

    Episode 29: Let's Talk About Sex

    Some writers shy away from writing about sex, while others go a little overboard. How do you strike the balance and write the perfect steamy scene or poem? Poet Lindsay Bernal joins us with her tips and a few steamy poems of her own, C&R play a little dice game, and we hear a few pieces about desire from local writers Ellen Roche, Sean Felix, Nicole Tong, Jesse Adam Wang, and Taylor Johnson. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.

    • 39 min
    Episode 28: Breaking Up

    Episode 28: Breaking Up

    February is for love… or is it? What is it about love, and the loss of it, that makes us want to pick up a pen and write? Essayist Randon Billings Noble shows us how past lovers can be haunting, and we hear breakup stories from Joe Osmundson and Samantha de Trinidad. Plus, in honor of the Oscars, we vote on the best breakup scenes in literature! Powered and distributed by Simplecast.

    • 36 min
    Episode 27: Can You Repeat That?

    Episode 27: Can You Repeat That?

    Repetition in writing can be used to change the meaning of a word or a phrase, making your words even more powerful. It can create tension, emphasis, or even absurdity, and it always adds a little music to your piece. So how can you incorporate repetition into your writing? Prolific Poet Sarah Ann Winn tells us how, and she gives Courtney and Rachel a little writing assignment. Plus, we hear how repetition works in Alexander Slotnick’s fiction. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.

    • 40 min
    Episode 26: Advice from the Bookstore Next Door

    Episode 26: Advice from the Bookstore Next Door

    We’re ramping up a new year and a new decade of writing resolutions -- and one of them is to sell out (in a good way)! We discuss what makes manuscripts appealing to publishers, and, perhaps more importantly, local bookstores. Joined by Gwen Hunter of Solid State Books, we also consider what roles smaller booksellers can play in popularizing your pages. Finally, we remember that rejection is growth -- most great literary works ran the gamut of criticism before being bought.

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    • 31 min
    Episode 25: Closure

    Episode 25: Closure

    As 2019 draws to a close and we get ready for the new year, let's talk about writing endings. A story is only as good as its ending. Essayist and creative nonfiction giant, 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.

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    • 33 min
    Episode 24: Eating Your Words

    Episode 24: Eating Your Words

    Food is what we all have in common. And often it’s what brings us all together around the holidays. Writing about food can be a vehicle for staging a scene, accessing difficult topics, or exploring the world around us, and food writing as a genre has taken on new meaning. Washington City Paper food editor Laura Hayes, and food journalist Susan Lutz, tell us how it goes beyond what's on the plate. Plus, we hear food writing from local authors Sherrie Flick and Eric Kozlik. Powered and distributed by Simplecast.

    • 34 min

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