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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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    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

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.

    Kim MacQueen Interviews John Killacky and Mark Redmond - 9/26/22

    Kim MacQueen Interviews John Killacky and Mark Redmond - 9/26/22

    Guest Interviewer Kim MacQueen speaks with John Killacky, author of Because Art, and Mark Redmond, author of Called, both published by Onion River Press. 

    Last week the Green Mountain Book Festival came to Burlington and it was a fantastic event! I'm on the board. As the festival plans for next year, we'd love to hear ideas for panels. So your Write the Book Prompt this week is to write to me (Shelagh) and share your panel ideas! Thanks so much. 

    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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    • 58 min
    Kimberly Garrett Brown - 9/19/22

    Kimberly Garrett Brown - 9/19/22

    Writer, editor and photographer Kimberly Garrett Brown, whose new book is Cora's Kitchen (Inanna Publications). 

    This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider an unlikely friendship. Who are the individuals and why would a friendship between them be unexpected? How do they meet? Are they in the same town, on vacation, at a rest area, in a nursing home? Do they hit it off from the start, or do they find common ground gradually? Consider these questions and these characters, find a setting that perhaps enhances the specific challenges of their relationship, and write. 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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    • 48 min
    Doug Wilhelm - 9/12/22

    Doug Wilhelm - 9/12/22

    A new interview with Vermont author Doug Wilhelm about his nonfiction book, Catalysts for Change: How Nonprofits and a Foundation Are Helping Shape Vermont's Future (Rootstock). 

    This week’s Write the Book Prompt was kindly suggested by my guest, Doug Wilhelm, who thinks about stories all the time. Find one observation: something you’ve overhead or seen, and make a story from it. This can be a piece of conversation or part of an argument, an interesting person who stood out for some reason. Take note of this small observation, and start writing. Story involves tension, so see what tension might emerge from what you began with, and then see if the tension will resolve somehow. 

    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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    • 47 min
    Angela Palm and Malisa Garlieb - Archive Interviews (8/5/22)

    Angela Palm and Malisa Garlieb - Archive Interviews (8/5/22)

    Two interviews from the archives - with our old music! -  with Vermont author and editor Angela Palm and Vermont poet Malisa Garlieb. Angela Palm's collection Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here  won the Graywolf nonfiction award, was an Oprah.com pick for "Powerful Memoirs by Powerful Women," an Indie Next List pick, and A Kirkus Best Book in 2016. Poet Malisa Garlieb's work has appeared in Qu, RHINO Poetry, Rust + Moth, Rathalla Review, Tar River Poetry, Calyx, Painted Bride Quarterly, So to Speak, Gyroscope Review, Cold Lake Anthology and many many more. Her poetry collection, Handing Out Apples in Eden., was published in 2014 by Wind Ridge Books of Vermont. 

     

    This week's Write the Book Prompt, as we approach Banned Books Week is to buy, read, and write about a banned book and the effects of book banning.

    Good luck with your work in the coming week, and tune in next week for another prompt or suggestion.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Daniel Lusk - 8/29/22

    Daniel Lusk - 8/29/22

    Vermont Poet Daniel Lusk, who's new collection is Every Slow Thing (Kelsay Books). 

    This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider what Daniel calls his “farthings,” tiny Zen-like poems that share wit, irony, natural beauty, and wisdom. Here are a few of his, kindly shared with us:

    Sepals - As if priests were magpies and souls were shiny objects. As if brothels were little seminaries of corporeal art. 

    After the Storm - And Noah sent forth birds, voiceless gestures over the fathomless silence in search of something that might be said.

    Lyric - Listen! There is saffron on the poet's bow. 

    So those are a few of Daniel Lusk's "Farthings." The new collection Farthings is published by Yavanika Press. See if you can come up with some of your own.   

    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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    • 53 min
    Fiona Barton - 8/15/22

    Fiona Barton - 8/15/22

    New York Times bestselling author Fiona Barton, whose new novel is Local Gone Missing (Berkley).

    This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about an altercation between someone who lives full time in a small town and a visitor, seasonal homeowner, or tourist. What sets them off and what preceded the incident for each of them? How does the full-time resident feel about outsiders before this event, and what changes?

    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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    • 43 min

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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