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Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. There’s always a takeaway at the end of each show for listeners, too. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.

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    • 4.9, 286 Ratings

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers is for writers craving a unique blend of inspiration and real talk about the ups and downs of the writing life. Hosted by Brooke Warner of She Writes and Grant Faulkner of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), each theme-focused episode of Write-minded features an interview with a writer, author, or publishing industry professional. There’s always a takeaway at the end of each show for listeners, too. Brooke and Grant interview writers, authors, and publishing industry folks, and bring to this weekly podcast their shared spirit of community, collaboration, and a deeply held belief that everyone is a writer, and everyone’s story matters.

    The Challenges and Satisfactions of Literary Fiction, featuring Eimear McBride

    The Challenges and Satisfactions of Literary Fiction, featuring Eimear McBride

    This week we’re celebrating 100 episodes, and bringing you Brooke’s conversation with Eimear McBride (author of Strange Hotel and A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing). This is a rigorous and engaging conversation about the merits of literary fiction and why McBride wants her readers to actually take the effort to read her work. She is feisty and refreshing, saying, "I object to art being strangled by idiocy." This interview will make you want to be a better literary citizen.

    • 26 min
    Provocative Fiction, featuring Sameer Pandya

    Provocative Fiction, featuring Sameer Pandya

    Contemporary fiction often offers a window into what ails us and what consumes us. Tackling a hot-button topic like race is never easy, and yet many novelists are drawn to the challenge that controversial topics present—for purposes of sorting things out, sending a message, or capturing a moment. In this week’s episode we talk to guest Sameer Pandya about writing provocative (and debut) fiction, and Grant and Brooke reveal whether or not they work in pajama pants.

    • 36 min
    Storytelling, Legacy, and a Little Bit of Magic, featuring Jamia Wilson

    Storytelling, Legacy, and a Little Bit of Magic, featuring Jamia Wilson

    This week’s guest, Jamia Wilson, is the director and publisher of The Feminist Press, and so much more—which is how and why this episode turned out to be about storytelling, legacy, and, yes, magic. Listen in to consider how magic shows up in your world, and the ways in which you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, or how you might grow toward that as a goal or a calling.

    • 34 min
    Writing to Save Your Life, featuring Chelsea Bieker

    Writing to Save Your Life, featuring Chelsea Bieker

    Writing saves lives—the lives of readers and also the lives of writers. In this week’s episode we’re treated to guest Chelsea Bieker’s refreshing take on loving her own writing, how coming from a family of forgetters made her a writer, and why she chose to write her novel Godshot as a novel rather than a memoir when much of it centers on true events of Chelsea’s life. This week’s episode is an interview between Brooke and Chelsea as part of the Bay Area Book Festival’s WOMEN LIT series. Grant will be back next week.

    • 31 min
    Breaking Silence, featuring Terese Marie Mailhot

    Breaking Silence, featuring Terese Marie Mailhot

    This week’s episode is not only about breaking silence, but also about the ways that silence is often a pile-on due to multiple layers of silencing. This week’s guest, Terese Mailhot, author of Heart Berries, is the ideal author to wall us through what makes breaking silence both difficult and compelling for writers. We also touch upon cultural appropriation, marginalizing and compartmentalizing voices, and the complexities of being raised by a radical mother.

    • 34 min
    Everything You Need to Know about Being a Writer, featuring Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon

    Everything You Need to Know about Being a Writer, featuring Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon

    This week we get to hear from two publishing experts whose long careers have been centered on supporting authors—to publish, to be in community, and to trust their own hearts and process. Kevin Larimer and Mary Gannon are the coauthors of a new book, The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer. We touch on a few highlights and are treated to a supportive and encouraging conversation for writers at any stage in their journey.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
286 Ratings

286 Ratings

Bella Mahaya Carter ,

On-target and Uplifting!

I love this podcast! It’s smart, intimate, instructive, and filled with helpful information and insights for writers. Brooke and Grant are a dynamic duo, and approach each interview with humor, warmth, and wisdom. Very inspiring. Great guests. Always on-target and uplifting!

Cindy Rasicot ,

The Best Writer Podcast

This show is a fantastic resource for writers. I tune in regularly and receive so much helpful advice. Share this information with others too, so they can benefit.

IrisW in Chicago ,

If you are a writer this podcast is for you

Brooke and Grant are excellent interviewers. As a writer I always learn something new when I listen to their podcasts. They get wonderful guests and draw them out which results in fascinating dissuasions. I highly recommend this podcast.

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