100 episodes

Two writers, Shawn Smucker and Maile Silva, married to each other, explore the highs and lows of creativity, publishing, and the writing life.

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    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 56 Ratings

Two writers, Shawn Smucker and Maile Silva, married to each other, explore the highs and lows of creativity, publishing, and the writing life.

    S4E31 Karen Stiller and How Motherhood Helped Her Writing

    S4E31 Karen Stiller and How Motherhood Helped Her Writing

    Karen Stiller, author of The Minister's Wife, talks about the challenges involved in writing about personal topics, why she pursued her MFA, and how being a mother, instead of taking from her writing time, actually made her a better writer. Karen has a fresh perspective on writing and life, and Maile and I thoroughly enjoyed our time with her.  

    • 36 min
    S4E30 Our 100th Episode

    S4E30 Our 100th Episode

    Thanks to all of our listeners, we're celebrating our 100th episode today! Bryan Allain, our friend and fellow author, joins us to talk writing journeys, critiquing a spouse's manuscript, and what we're hoping for in the next 100 episodes. It's a fun conversation. 

    • 44 min
    S4E29 Kathy Khang and Why Creativity Could Heal the World

    S4E29 Kathy Khang and Why Creativity Could Heal the World

    Today we speak with author and speaker Kathy Khang about launching grown children from the nest during a pandemic, why we should keep writing even when our platforms are not massive, and the role that creativity plays in bringing about justice and healing in our world. Also: midlife, discount shopping, and The Electric Company. 

    • 30 min
    S4E28 Never Too Early, Never Too Late

    S4E28 Never Too Early, Never Too Late

    Shawn and Maile talk revisions, perfection, and when to take a manuscript to the next stage. They also share the back stories of the authors they're currently reading, one on the young side, the other on the older side, and remind each other that there's no perfect age when it comes to releasing books. Except now. Now might be the perfect age. 

    • 30 min
    S4E27 Karen Swallow Prior Talks Frankenstein and Twitter

    S4E27 Karen Swallow Prior Talks Frankenstein and Twitter

    Today, we talk with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior about creating intentionally. She has some encouragement for young (all) writers. And, the answer everyone wants to know: Why is she on Twitter?

    Dr. Prior is the author of the book, On Reading Well, and has also written updated reading guides for classics like Frankenstein and Jane Eyre. 

    • 25 min
    S4E26 What Every Writer Should Have

    S4E26 What Every Writer Should Have

    What should every writer have? Apparently, a dog. We discuss Cameron Shenassa's wonderfully funny and insightful article and talk about famous authors and their pets (including Steinbeck's dog Toby and his critical review/devouring of Of Mice and Men). But, most importantly, we discuss the one thing all creatives can learn from dogs: let yourself be distracted. 

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

MSchlies ,

Podcast Writing Friends

As a writer, listening to this podcast always helps me feel motivated to keep writing. People talk about the importance of the people you hang out with, in regards to pursuing your dreams—well the same is true about who you listen to. In this show, Maile & Shawn are both real about the struggles of the creative journey but also are like friends who choose to keep going and by doing so, help you see you can keep going too.

LindaMwriter ,

Great Writing and Creativity Discussions

Excellent podcast for any writer at any part in their journey. The hosts feature great interviews and topics, but also transparently reveal their own struggles and successes as writers. The fact that Shawn is a published novelist while Maile continues to submit makes for interest and tension in their story—like any good book. I highly recommend their meaty discussions.

Kent Faver ,

Down to Earth goodness

Shawn and Maile are reality based, humble, kind writers I just love to listen to and experience live with - highly recommended!

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