a weekly radio program hosted by author Barbara DeMarco-Barrett and co-host Marrie Stone, on the art and business of writing. More on the show, writers, and writing at penonfire.com. Follow us on Twitter @WOWkuciFM and Facebook at Writers on Writing KUCI-FM.
Lisa Scottoline, author of Eternal, on Writers on Writing
Lisa Scottoline, author of the novel, Eternal, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing. Download audio. (Broadcast date: June 2, 2021) Music by Travis Barrett
Jo Ann Beard on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM
When essayist Jo Ann Beard came on the show in 2018, she swore she was done publishing books. While some writers knock out novels every year, Beard takes decades to assemble a small collection. But she realized these past 23 years had produced nine pieces and, together, they worked. The consequence of taking this much time at craft are essays so distilled, the reader feels like an ant under Beard’s sun-pierced glass. Not all the pieces are pure nonfiction. Beard blends factual events with imagined inner lives to create experiences so searing, it’s difficult not to flinch. As a writer, Beard never flinches. She takes us all the way into a young woman’s final moments with Dr. Kevorkian. She forces us to jump from a burning building. We endure the agony of a beloved dog’s last hours. Beard joins Marrie Stone to talk about Festival Days, a book the NYT calls "ferocious" by an author they call a "towering talent." She is as compassionate an interview subject as she is a writer. She takes us inside her mind, her creative decisions, and her private obsessions. Enjoy the ride. Download audio. (Broadcast date: May 26, 2021)
Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Plot
Jean Hanff Korelitz, author of The Plot, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing. Download audio. (Broadcast date: May 19, 2021) Music by Travis Barrett. Find him on Spotify or here.
A.J. Jacobs on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM
A.J. Jacobs is an author, journalist, lecturer and human guinea pig. He has written several New York Times bestsellers that combine memoir, science, humor, and a dash of self-help. A.J. read the Encyclopedia Britannica in its entirety (The Know It All), spent a year following every last biblical commandment (The Year of Living Biblically), assembled the world’s largest family tree (It’s All Relative), and got himself into superhuman shape (Drop Dead Healthy). He joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest gratitude challenge wherein he undertook thanking every person responsible for getting his morning cup of coffee (Thanks a Thousand). A.J. talks about the genesis of his ideas, how he keeps himself organized, and how he pushes himself into successive George Plimpton-esque feats of psychological strength. He shares mounds of writing and journalistic wisdom, as well as lots of backstories and humorous insights. Download audio. (Broadcast date: May 12, 2021)
Jonathan Small on Writers on Writing
Jonathan Small, writer, editor, and host of the podcast Write About Now, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about the art, craft, and business of writing. Download audio. (Broadcast date: May 5, 2021) Music by Travis Barrett.
Ethan Rutherford on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM
Ethan Rutherford returns to talk with Marrie about his latest collection, Farthest South. He shares how his writing has changed since his last publication, letting projects go, following his instincts, and how different writers get their work done (Ethan writes about 47 words a day to his wife’s several thousand). He talks about the advantages of working with a small publishing house (A Strange Object), and how he was able to incorporate images into the stories. Their conversation covers craft concerns, the power of fairy tales, and the general state of our world. Download audio. (Broadcast date: April 28, 2021)
A distinctive slant on author interviews
There are plenty of podcasts that interview authors about the themes of their latest books. But Writers on Writing is unique in its focus on the craft and experience of writing. It offers a welcome opportunity for authors to discuss the choices they made in their work, and the process they follow overall. It’s like a free and virtual MFA program each week.
Fantastic guests and info on the craft of Writing!
Barbara and Marrie have a wide variety of authors from memoirist to mystery writers to short story writers and more. As a fledgling writer, I’m learning so much about how to write from the top authors of the day! They have a way of making interviews feel like I’m listening in on conversations between friends. I love this podcast!