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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.

    Caitlin Hamilton Summie - 1/24/22

    Caitlin Hamilton Summie - 1/24/22

    Author Caitlin Hamilton Summie, whose new novel is Geographies of the Heart (Fomite). 


    This week’s Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest, Caitlin Hamilton Summie. Consider the following prompt:


    “I didn’t want to steal it, but I did.”


    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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    Jojo Moyes / Heath Hardage Lee Archive Interviews - 1/17/22

    Jojo Moyes / Heath Hardage Lee Archive Interviews - 1/17/22

    Two shorter interviews from the archives: Jojo Moyes, about her book One Plus One (Penguin); and Heath Hardage Lee, about Winnie Davis: Daughter of the Lost Cause (Potomac Books). 


    Today’s Write the Book Prompt is to consider this sentence, and either start with it, or let it inform your work: “She’d only been a crossing guard for two days.”


    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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    Sue William Silverman - Archive Interview (1/10/22)

    Sue William Silverman - Archive Interview (1/10/22)

    An interview from the archives with Sue William Silverman about her memoir, The Pat Boone Fan Club: My Life as a White Anglo Saxon Jew (University of Nebraska).


    This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a fantasized, imagined or real relationship with a star. From Pat Boone to David Cassidy, Britney Spears to Timothee Chalamet, heart throbs have always energized teens. You could write from a fan’s perspective, a star’s, that of an agent, a producer, a chauffeur.


    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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    Elizabeth Bluemle Archive Interview - 12/27/21

    Elizabeth Bluemle Archive Interview - 12/27/21

    A conversation from the archives with Vermont children’s author Elizabeth Bluemle, about her picture book, TAP TAP, BOOM BOOM (Candlewick Press).


    My son and I once experienced a hurricane in Florida. Those of you who know storms might remember Charlie, in 2004. We stayed in a motel in Winter Park–a second-story room with an outside entry that looked out at the parking lot. The storm was fierce and loud. We lost electricity and the room went dark, but outside the winds were furious and sounded like the world would end. The eye arrived, and with it an eerie silence. Hotel guests all stepped out of our rooms and stood leaning on the metal railings, looking down at the parking lot, talking, eventually feeling a kind of rapport that comes with facing the unknown. When the winds picked up again, we all went back inside our darkened rooms, feeling like we knew the neighbors who surrounded us, if just a little bit. This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a weather incident bringing people together, as they do in the subway in Elizabeth Bluemle’s book, Tap Tap, Boom Boom. 


    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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    Joshua Ferris Archive Interview - 12/20/21

    Joshua Ferris Archive Interview - 12/20/21

    Interview from the archives with award-winning author Joshua Ferris on his novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Little Brown and Company).


    This week’s Write the Book Prompt is to write about a visit to the dentist. Your scene, story or poem might involve the patient’s perspective, that of the dentist, the hygienist. Maybe you write about the waiting room, a moment in the parking lot, or the dreaded chair itself.


    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
    Joy Cohen - 12/13/21

    Joy Cohen - 12/13/21

    Vermont Author Joy Cohen, whose debut novel is 37 (Guernica Editions). 


    This week's Write the Book Prompt was generously offered by my guest Joy Cohen during our conversation. She suggests making two lists: the first, a list of 10 characters. They can be actual people in your life, such as your mom or dad, your best friend, the pharmacist, the mail carrier, people that you know really well or don't know at all. They could include fictional characters from movies or books. Just make a list of ten. Then make a list of ten activities such as going for a bike ride, attending a funeral, eating breakfast... anything active. Then put the papers away. A few days later, before you read the two lists, randomly pick out two numbers. Maybe three and seven. For your exercise, you'll take character number three and put that person in situation number seven, and then write about that. Joy finds the people in her classes enjoy this prompt and come up with great scenes and scenarios. 



    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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