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Write the Book radio show airs weekly on WBTV-LP in Burlington, Vermont. Shelagh offers in-depth, hour-long interviews with authors, poets, illustrators, agents, and editors about writing, publishing, finding inspiration, developing one’s craft, and finding community. Her show always ends with a new writing prompt, often one recommended by that week’s guest. The easy rapport that Shelagh establishes with her guests—who include everyone from top selling and award winning authors to authors publishing with indies or self-publishing—results in a wonderful conversational flow that is fun to listen to and always informative. The archives include over 500 interviews with authors including Ann Patchett, Kate Atkinson, Colum McCann, Richard Russo, Steve Almond and Jennifer Egan.

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Write the Book radio show airs weekly on WBTV-LP in Burlington, Vermont. Shelagh offers in-depth, hour-long interviews with authors, poets, illustrators, agents, and editors about writing, publishing, finding inspiration, developing one’s craft, and finding community. Her show always ends with a new writing prompt, often one recommended by that week’s guest. The easy rapport that Shelagh establishes with her guests—who include everyone from top selling and award winning authors to authors publishing with indies or self-publishing—results in a wonderful conversational flow that is fun to listen to and always informative. The archives include over 500 interviews with authors including Ann Patchett, Kate Atkinson, Colum McCann, Richard Russo, Steve Almond and Jennifer Egan.

    Bill McKibben - 3/20/23 (Special Palindrome Date for Last Show!)

    Bill McKibben - 3/20/23 (Special Palindrome Date for Last Show!)

    Vermont author, educator, environmentalist, and Co-founder of 350.org and Th!rd Act Bill McKibben, in a conversation about his 2022 memoir, The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened (Henry Holt & Co).
    This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, Bill McKibben, and it’s a wonderful back-to-basics exercise that I love as our final prompt. Describe your childhood home. As you heard, Bill’s looked like a square with a triangle on top. What would you remember and share if you were to write about yours? 
    Good luck with your work in the coming week.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro
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    Nathaniel Ian Miller - 3/13/22

    Nathaniel Ian Miller - 3/13/22

    Vermont Author Nathaniel Ian Miller in a conversation about his novel, The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven (Little Brown).
    This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, Nathaniel Ian Miller, who recently heard someone extoll the virtues of writing about one’s work. Nathaniel commented that he liked this idea, and that he would like to see more of it. The supposedly mundane aspects of a job, the things you might consider boring about your work, might be full of detail and very rich for readers. So this week, give it a try: write about work.
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro
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    Brad Kessler - 2/27/23

    Brad Kessler - 2/27/23

    Award-winning Vermont Author Brad Kessler in conversation about his 2021 novel, North (Overlook Press).
    One review of Brad Kessler’s work, a blurb by the author Chris Abani, mentions  the way that Brad lets his characters’ dignity lead the story. I love this observation, and have been thinking a lot about it. This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider the dignity of your characters, no matter what their goals, obstacles, or plight. Consider their dignity as you work to make them real, honest, not caricatures of good or bad. Keep their dignity in mind as you try to find your way, and help them find theirs.
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro
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    Caroline Lea - 2/20/23

    Caroline Lea - 2/20/23

    British Author Caroline Lea, whose new novel is PrizeWomen (Harper Perennial). 
    This week's Write the Book Prompt was suggested by my guest, Caroline Lea. It's an assignment she sometimes gives to her students. Go somewhere you wouldn't normally go, and write about it. (Don’t get arrested, she says. Or if you do, don’t blame her!) Her students have visited cemeteries, they've gone to other dorms and spoken with students they wouldn’t usually speak to. Caroline says that there's something about putting yourself in a different space or hopefully a slightly uncomfortably position that forces something often very brilliant into your writing. 
    Good luck with your work in the coming week and please tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion. 
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro
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    Emily Forland - Archive Episode (2/13/23)

    Emily Forland - Archive Episode (2/13/23)

    An interview from 2015 (with our old music!) with literary agent Emily Forland, of the Brandt Hochman Agency in New York. 
    This week’s  Write The Book Prompt is to write about a season you are not presently experiencing. Is it warm where you are? Write about the cold. Is spring coming on? Write about the fall. Work from memory, as much as you can, and then in revising, allow yourself to look at pictures, read online, and check your weather app to be sure you're not forgetting what that other season actually feels like. 
     
    Good luck with this exercise and please listen next week for another.  
     
    Music Credit: John Fink
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    • 57 min
    Annie Seyler - 2/6/23

    Annie Seyler - 2/6/23

    Vermont Author Annie Seyler, whose debut novel is The Wisdom of Winter (Atmosphere Press). 
    This week's Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, Annie Seyler. Identify a moment from your childhood that shaped you somehow and write it out as a scene, but with a different ending or outcome than the way you lived it.
    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.
     
    Music Credit: Aaron Shapiro
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

sarahdox ,

Engaging, interesting and fun!

Shelagh has a warm, comfortable interviewing process and style. She brings out elements of the author's work, and enables the listener to feel part of the conversation.
The teasers to encourage authors to try various writing approaches are inspiring, too.
Whether you are an established or budding author, or a happy reader, you may find this potcast to be a great treat! ---SDx

MALN57 ,

Write the Book

I love listening to this Podcast! Each episode, I feel as though I am witness to an intimate conversation between two thoughtful writers who are enjoying a discussion about writing and reading.
This is worth a listen even if the featured author is not well known to you. It is really interesting and thought provoking.

Kaskanator ,

Great interviews

Shelagh is a great interviewer who allows her subjects ample time answer her questions and give the listener insight into their process for, well, writing the book. This is a great podcast to listen to when your brain needs a little culture in your life.

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