103 episodes

A podcast about why and how we write.

WMFA Courtney Balestier

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    • 4.9 • 41 Ratings

A podcast about why and how we write.

    WMFA ARCHIVES: Fighting Perfectionism w. CELESTE NG

    WMFA ARCHIVES: Fighting Perfectionism w. CELESTE NG

    Originally airing on November 8, 2017, Courtney and Celeste Ng—author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You—do a deep dive into process: what makes a good beginning, finding the voice, reverse outlining and more. They also discuss writing about identity and the other, and the importance of multiple narratives.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    WMFA ARCHIVES: Being Patient and Indulgent w. GARTH GREENWELL

    WMFA ARCHIVES: Being Patient and Indulgent w. GARTH GREENWELL

    Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You and Cleanness, and a 2020 Guggenheim fellow. In 2017, he and Courtney talked about being a poet novelist, the language of desire, and why he writes first drafts by hand.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    WMFA ARCHIVES: Storytelling as an Act of Love w. WAYÉTU MOORE

    WMFA ARCHIVES: Storytelling as an Act of Love w. WAYÉTU MOORE

    Courtney and Wayétu Moore, author of She Would Be King, discuss diasporic literature, the trouble with magical realism, and how to preserve your relationship with your craft. Wayétu's latest book is the memoir The Dragons, The Giant, The Women. (original air date 10/24/18)
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Inventing Complex Characters w. GENEVIEVE HUDSON

    Inventing Complex Characters w. GENEVIEVE HUDSON

    Genevieve Hudson's debut novel, BOYS OF ALABAMA, is out now from Liveright. They and Courtney talk about developing complicated characters, writing the supernatural, and exploring "capital-T truth" in fiction. 
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    • 54 min
    Minisode: Transformation

    Minisode: Transformation

    What in your creative process are you ready to say goodbye to?
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    • 4 min
    Capturing Grief and Collective Memory w. CARTER SICKELS

    Capturing Grief and Collective Memory w. CARTER SICKELS

    Carter Sickels latest novel, THE PRETTIEST STAR, is out now from Hub City Press. He and Courtney talk about activist art, writing poignancy without sentimentality, and documenting queer rural narratives. 
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    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

jmr1490 ,

A consistent favorite

Balestier’s interviews are thought-provoking, charming, inspiring and her mini-episodes are sustaining. A consistent favorite.

m@11@rd ,

Soooo good

I’m a carpenter and I get to listen to podcasts while I work then write when I go home. This is a great podcast to keep my mind in it while I earn my $$$ so I can go home and do my work. Thank you!

Giulia GP. ,

medicine for the writer’s soul. a warm hug for the artist’s heart.

Absolutely love this podcast, as both a source of affirmation that I’m not alone in the often lonely process of creating art, and for the rich conversations that make me feel as if I’ve pulled up a chair to sip a comforting warm drink alongside Courtney and her incredible guests. Courtney’s storytelling is beautiful, her voice soothing (can you narrate my life, Courtney??), and her guest lineup a true representation of the diverse voices who are so crucial to keeping the art of literature, poetry, and artistry alive. Thank you for the outpouring of love, time, and energy that you give to W/MFA! <3

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