All writing is a tightrope walk from where the idea originates to the moment a book, movie, or TV episode emerges in the world. In The Write Process, Charles Jensen, director of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, asks writing instructors and students who’ve walked the tightrope and come out the other side to talk about their process. Each episode tells the story of how one writer took one project from concept to completion, showcasing the various—and varied—paths we take when we follow one good idea all the way home.
Aatif Rashid on Novel Structure, the Right Title, Small Presses, and Portrait of Sebastian Khan
Aatif Rashid is the author of the literary comedy Portrait of Sebastian Khan, which explores the complicated romantic life of a Muslim American art history student. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Massachusetts Review, LitHub, Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Kenyon Review blog.
Wally Rudolph on Photographic Inspiration, the Decline of Whiteness, and Mighty, Mighty
Wally Rudolph is a multidisciplinary artist and the author of the novels Four Corners and Mighty, Mighty. Born in Canada to Chinese-Jamaican immigrant parents and raised in Texas, he’s traveled and lived throughout North America, but now is more than happy to be living and creating in The City of Angels.
Kira Snyder on Unexpected Guests, Tricky Adaptation, and The Handmaid’s Tale
Kira Snyder is an Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and WGA Award-winning writer and Executive Producer on the TV show The Handmaid’s Tale. Her credits include Pacific Rim: Uprising, The 100, Incursion, Eureka, and Moonlight. Formerly a computer game designer, Kira created games for Microsoft, the MIT Press textbook Rules Of Play, and Electronic Arts, including the seminal alternate reality game Majestic.
Zimran Jacob on Getting into a Writer's Room, Doing Research, and The Punisher
Zimran Jacob has worked as a life coach, financial manager, and in film and television production. He served as the showrunner's assistant on the Netflix series The Punisher.
Colette Sartor on Linking Stories, Good Revision Advice, and Once Removed and Other Stories
Colette Sartor won the 2018 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection Once Removed and Other Stories. Her writing has appeared in Carve Magazine, Slice Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review Online, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as well as privately and is an executive director of the CineStory Foundation, a mentoring organization for emerging TV writers and screenwriters.
Shauna Barbosa on the Language of Home, Keeping Trust in Yourself, and Cape Verdean Blues.
Shauna Barbosa’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, PBS Newshour, and others, and she was a 2018 Disquiet International Luso-American fellow. Cape Verdean Blues is her first book.
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The podcast is so inspiring during these times. It's validating the small silver lining that writing can be fruitful and fulfilling for us who may be exploring it during the quarantine. Thanks for such an enlightening pod! 👏🏼
The Write Podcast!
Had to be done. Seriously, this podcast manages to feel like a conversation among friends AND a perfectly-distilled deep dive into the writing process. I'm excited to hear the rest.
Thrilled that this is happening.
Yes, I’m definitely invested as a writer and participant, but the UCLA Extension Writers Program keeps consistently pumping out writers I love, so I couldn’t be happier that so many of them get to talk process.