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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.

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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.

iTunes Ratings

103 Ratings
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6
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5

Great discussions and guests

By Zoe Kulp - Nov 15 2019
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I recently discovered this podcast and I’m so glad I did. I love hearing writers speak about their processes and learning about new books/authors I should be checking out. Thank you, Barbara and Marrie!

Not only do I love this program, I’m grateful for it.

By Robert Kerbeck - Nov 03 2019
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What I’ve always found most fascinating about this show was the diversity of not only the writers, but also the processes they used to write. There was no “one way” to create a book or a short story. For me, hearing this directly from writers was encouraging and reassuring. Not only do I love this program, I’m grateful for it.

iTunes Ratings

103 Ratings
Average Ratings
71
17
6
4
5

Great discussions and guests

By Zoe Kulp - Nov 15 2019
Read more
I recently discovered this podcast and I’m so glad I did. I love hearing writers speak about their processes and learning about new books/authors I should be checking out. Thank you, Barbara and Marrie!

Not only do I love this program, I’m grateful for it.

By Robert Kerbeck - Nov 03 2019
Read more
What I’ve always found most fascinating about this show was the diversity of not only the writers, but also the processes they used to write. There was no “one way” to create a book or a short story. For me, hearing this directly from writers was encouraging and reassuring. Not only do I love this program, I’m grateful for it.
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Writers on Writing

Latest release on Jan 13, 2020

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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.

Rank #1: Walter Mosley, with his new book Elements of Fiction, on KUCI-FM

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Walter Mosley, author of the new book on writing, Elements of Fiction, and 40 other books, mostly novels, talks with Barbara about plotting (or not), rewriting, writing for TV, MFA programs, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: Nov. 6, 2019)

Nov 08 2019

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Rank #2: Ann Patchett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest book, The Dutch House. She talks about how the writing of this novel differed from her others, and how many times she had to rewrite and revise the manuscript. She shares the one writer who can teach you everything you need to know about writing fiction, and the essay she penned that will answer all your writing related questions.

Discover how being a bookstore owner has changed her approach to writing, her feelings about cultural appropriation, separating good art from bad artists, the colorful story behind the book's cover, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 2, 2019)

Oct 03 2019

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Rank #3: Memoirists Liz Scott and Sands Hall on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Memoirist Liz Scott, author of This Never Happened, and Sands Hall, author of Flunk. Start.: Reclaiming My Decade Lost in Scientology, talk with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about their memoirs.

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(Broadcast date: August 7, 2019)

Aug 23 2019

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Rank #4: Cathleen Schine on "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM

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Cathleen Schine, author of The Grammarians and 10 other novels, joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about creativity, how writing grows harder over time, her love of words and language and dictionaries, why she felt inspired by the relationship between Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, and so much more.

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(Broadcast date: November 13, 2019)

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #5: Short Story Writers Peter Orner & Ben Marcus on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Peter Orner joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest collection, Maggie Brown & Others. He discusses the power of the short story form, and how he attempted to create the sensation of walking down a city sidewalk and staring up into all the lit apartment windows to get a sense of story. He talks about the importance of place, and leaving it. And much more.

In the second half, Ben Marcus shares his collection, Notes From the Fog. Ben talks about the story around which the rest of the collection formed, how Elon Musk's hatred of food inspired him, and more.

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(Broadcast date: August 21, 2019)

Sep 02 2019

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Rank #6: Tom Perrotta Discusses Sex and Mrs. Fletcher on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

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Tom Perrotta, author of Mrs. Fletcher, joins Marrie for the entire hour to talk about sex in the new millennium, whether technology can affect desire, how male writers can effectively access the female point of view, writing through the various stages of life, humor, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: October 11, 2017)

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on this program do not reflect those of KUCI, its management, or the UC Board of Regents. For more information on this talk show, or other talk shows, visit our website at www.kuci.org.

Nov 03 2019

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Rank #7: Noir crime writer Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay

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Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, her fourth novel (first stand-alone), was my guest for the entire hour, talking about writing crime fiction, specifically noir, finding your voice through reviewing on Yelp, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 23, 2019)

Oct 28 2019

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Rank #8: Mariana Lin on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Meet the woman who lives inside your iPhone.

Writer and poet Mariana Lin was recruited by Apple to write the personality for Siri, and went on to write for other artificially intelligent personalities, like Sophia. This week's show explores the thinking behind creating a personality and "voice" for machines—from their humor to their backstories. Mariana was tasked with considering machines living in other cultures, and how they should respond to racist, sexually charged, or other offensive speech. And she was challenged to imbue them with whimsy, nuance, and complexity.

Hear about how Mariana’s love of language, fiction, and poetry is influencing a new cast of characters living in our world.

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(Broadcast date: September 18, 2019)

Sep 19 2019

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Rank #9: Elizabeth Strout and Lise Funderburg on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Elizabeth Strout returns with Olive, Again, a newly released collection that picks up where Olive Kitteridge left off. Elizabeth joins Marrie Stone to talk about how Olive reasserted herself, how the world has changed around her, and how Elizabeth managed to leave a porous space around Olive (and her other characters) so readers might insert their own experiences into the narrative.

In the second half, Lise Funderburg shares her anthology, Apple, Tree: Writers on their Parents. She talks bout the relationship middle-aged adults have with their parent's legacies, how she chose this special crop of authors, and gives a mini-class on the essay form and what makes an essay work.

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(Broadcast date: October 16, 2019)

Oct 20 2019

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Alix Kates Shulman on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Nearly 50 years after it first shocked readers nationwide, Alix Kates Shulman's, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen is still being hailed as a feminist classic. Inspired by the iconic protest of the 1968 Miss America Pageant, and called by the Oxford Companion to Women's Writing "the first important novel to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement," the 1972 book continues to hit home with its comic portrayal of growing up female in a man's world in white middle-class pre-feminist America. The book was re-released last year. At 87, Alix is still writing, speaking, and taking her message to the streets.

Alix talks about writing those daring sex scenes, her own terrifying illegal abortion, how fiction can change minds, and the slow but effective changes brought about by wave after wave of the women's movement.

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(Broadcast date: January 8, 2020)

Jan 13 2020

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Poet Michael Miller on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Poet Michael Miller joins Marrie Stone for an hour of poetry and reflection on New Year's morning. He talks about his retrospective collection, Tea and Subtitles: Selected Poems 1999-2019, many addressing beginnings, endings, and New Year's Day itself.

Michael discusses his life-long love of the form, how journalism aids his poetry, assembling the writer's toolbox, and the many poets who he recommends as accessible and necessary reads.

Michael will appear at the LA Times Festival of Books on the poetry stage in April.

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 (Broadcast date: January 1, 2020)

Jan 02 2020

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Stephen Dunn

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Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett about his latest volume, Pagan Virtues. (There are a few audio challenges, but keep listening. It's worth it.)

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(Broadcast date: Dec. 4, 2019)

Dec 21 2019

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Beau L'Amour & Robin Cook join Marrie Stone on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Louis L'Amour, father of the western and frontier novel, passed in 1988 leaving behind 89 novels, 14 short story collections, and mounds of unfinished manuscripts. His son, Beau L'Amour, continues his legacy by finishing many of his novels and short stories and adding notes, history, and backstory. He shares his latest, Lost Treasures Volume II, as well as his father's writing process, his relationship with Ray Bradbury, and more.

Robin Cook, father of the medical thriller genre, joins in the second half to share his latest novel, Genesis. During his time in the navy, and after completing his medical training, Robin came on the writing scene in the 1970s with the novel Coma. Now, 35 novels later, he still thrills readers with his uncanny sense of where medical technology is heading, the radical advances and attendant consequences we're making, and how his longstanding and beloved characters deal with them.

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(Broadcast date: December 18, 2019)

Dec 19 2019

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Tim O'Brien on Writers on Writing, KUCI

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Tim O'Brien, National Book Award winning novelist and iconic author of The Things They Carried, joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest—and last—book.

Dad's Maybe Book is at once a memoir, a love letter to his young sons, a meditation on war, a writing guide for writers, a history lesson, a literature lesson, and swan song to his fans. (Don't let the title or cover fool you . . . this book packs a meaty punch that extends well beyond fatherhood).

Tim shares his enduring struggles with writing, with memory, and with his own father.

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(Broadcast date: December 11, 2019)

Dec 12 2019

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THIS LAND author Christopher Ketcham on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Christopher Ketcham, author of the new nonfiction book, This Land: How Cowboys, Corruption, and Corruption are ruining the American West, talks with Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for the entire hour about the book that Outside magazines says, "...brings the fighting spirit and conservation vision of great writers like Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, and Bernard DeVoto into the 21st century.” 

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(KUCI-FM broadcast date: Nov. 27, 2019)

You can reach Barbara at penonfire at earthlink dot net. Subscribe to the Writers on Writing podcast at iTunes and Stitcher.

Nov 30 2019

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Jeanne Blasberg on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Novelist Jeanne Blasberg joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest, The Nine. She shares how her work in finance and spreadsheets aids her writing, about Grub Street's Novel Generator, NaNoWriMo, the unique opportunities afforded by She Writes Press, finding your unique niche as writer, and much more.

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(Broadcast date: November 20, 2019)

Nov 25 2019

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Cathleen Schine on "Writers on Writing," KUCI-FM

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Cathleen Schine, author of The Grammarians and 10 other novels, joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to talk about creativity, how writing grows harder over time, her love of words and language and dictionaries, why she felt inspired by the relationship between Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren, and so much more.

Download audio.

(Broadcast date: November 13, 2019)

Nov 13 2019

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Walter Mosley, with his new book Elements of Fiction, on KUCI-FM

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Walter Mosley, author of the new book on writing, Elements of Fiction, and 40 other books, mostly novels, talks with Barbara about plotting (or not), rewriting, writing for TV, MFA programs, and much more.

Download audio.

(Broadcast date: Nov. 6, 2019)

Nov 08 2019

Play

Tom Perrotta Discusses Sex and Mrs. Fletcher on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM in Irvine, CA

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Tom Perrotta, author of Mrs. Fletcher, joins Marrie for the entire hour to talk about sex in the new millennium, whether technology can affect desire, how male writers can effectively access the female point of view, writing through the various stages of life, humor, and much more.

Download audio.

(Broadcast date: October 11, 2017)

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed on this program do not reflect those of KUCI, its management, or the UC Board of Regents. For more information on this talk show, or other talk shows, visit our website at www.kuci.org.

Nov 03 2019

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Aris Janigian and Robert Kerbeck on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Novelist Aris Janigian joins Marrie Stone to talk about the latest novel in his "Waiting" trilogy, Waiting for Sophia at Shutters by the Beach. A challenging and thought-provoking novel about the #metoo movement and sexual harassment on college campuses, Aris discusses the many trials and difficulties he encountered while writing it (including a stolen manuscript). He also talks about being the author of six novels (and spending significant time on the LA Times bestseller list), all without an agent. Aris will be appearing at Book Soup in December to launch the book. More information about the event can be found online as the date approaches.

In the second half, Robert Kerbeck joins to discuss Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA's Most Devastating Wildfire. Robert and his wife successfully saved their home from the Woolsey fire last year. Their neighbors were not so lucky. Robert conducted extensive interviews and organized the book as a series of compelling vignettes, highlighting the many tragic, shocking, and poignant stories that emerged from this devastating fire. He shares insights about what homeowners can do to be prepared, and the surprising aftermath of the fire's destruction. Check out Robert's website for information about his many appearances scheduled in and around Los Angeles.

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(Broadcast date: October 30, 2019)

Oct 31 2019

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Noir crime writer Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay

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Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, her fourth novel (first stand-alone), was my guest for the entire hour, talking about writing crime fiction, specifically noir, finding your voice through reviewing on Yelp, and much more.

Download audio.

(Broadcast date: Oct. 23, 2019)

Oct 28 2019

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Kate Braverman, from the archives of Writers on Writing

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I knew Kate a few ways: through my show where she was a guest three times. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, where she sat on my panel. And a writing project for which she generously wrote an essay on spec (not yet unpublished). She wrote one of my favorite short stories: "Tall Tales from the Mekong Delta." It's in the fantastic collection, Squandering the Blue, as well as widely anthologized and googleable.

Here are the shows:

Martin J. Smith, co-author of Oops : 20 Life Lessons from the Fiascoes That Shaped America, and Kate Braverman, author of Frantic Transmissions to and from Los Angeles.

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(Broadcast date: Mar. 16 2006)
Kate Braverman, author of The Incantation of Frida K.
(This one you have to click on her name to access audio.)
(Broadcast date: May 22, 2003)
Kate Braverman, author of Lithium for Medea.
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(Broadcast date: Sep 18, 2002)

Oct 22 2019

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Elizabeth Strout and Lise Funderburg on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Elizabeth Strout returns with Olive, Again, a newly released collection that picks up where Olive Kitteridge left off. Elizabeth joins Marrie Stone to talk about how Olive reasserted herself, how the world has changed around her, and how Elizabeth managed to leave a porous space around Olive (and her other characters) so readers might insert their own experiences into the narrative.

In the second half, Lise Funderburg shares her anthology, Apple, Tree: Writers on their Parents. She talks bout the relationship middle-aged adults have with their parent's legacies, how she chose this special crop of authors, and gives a mini-class on the essay form and what makes an essay work.

Download audio

(Broadcast date: October 16, 2019)

Oct 20 2019

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Poet Grant Hier on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM at UC-Irvine

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Poet Grant Hier, professor at Laguna College of Art and Design, and author of Similitude, The Difference Between, and co-author with John Brantingham of California Continuum, joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett for what turned out to be a masters' class in writing poetry. You don't have to be a poet or have any interest in writing poetry, to get something out of this show. And no matter what you write, reading poetry will only make you a better writer.

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(Broadcast date: Oct. 9, 2019)

Oct 10 2019

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Ann Patchett on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Bestselling novelist Ann Patchett joins Marrie Stone for the full hour to discuss her latest book, The Dutch House. She talks about how the writing of this novel differed from her others, and how many times she had to rewrite and revise the manuscript. She shares the one writer who can teach you everything you need to know about writing fiction, and the essay she penned that will answer all your writing related questions.

Discover how being a bookstore owner has changed her approach to writing, her feelings about cultural appropriation, separating good art from bad artists, the colorful story behind the book's cover, and much more.

Download audio.

(Broadcast date: October 2, 2019)

Oct 03 2019

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Mariana Lin on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Meet the woman who lives inside your iPhone.

Writer and poet Mariana Lin was recruited by Apple to write the personality for Siri, and went on to write for other artificially intelligent personalities, like Sophia. This week's show explores the thinking behind creating a personality and "voice" for machines—from their humor to their backstories. Mariana was tasked with considering machines living in other cultures, and how they should respond to racist, sexually charged, or other offensive speech. And she was challenged to imbue them with whimsy, nuance, and complexity.

Hear about how Mariana’s love of language, fiction, and poetry is influencing a new cast of characters living in our world.

 Download audio

(Broadcast date: September 18, 2019)

Sep 19 2019

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Jorjeana Marie and Helen Phillips on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Actor, audiobook narrator, and writer Jorjeana Marie joins Barbara DeMarco-Barrett to talk about Improv for Writers. In the second half, novelist Helen Phillips comes on to talk about The Need, published by Simon and Schuster. Phillips discusses "emotional" revision while Marie talks about how improv is a tool writers can employ for everything from getting past the blank page to figuring out plot and structure.

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(Broadcast date: Sept. 11, 2019)

Sep 12 2019

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Christy Lefteri & Susan Straight on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Novelist Christy Lefteri joins Marrie Stone to talk about her latest book, The Beekeeper of Aleppo. She talks about her time as a UNICEF volunteer and growing up as a child of two refugees and how these events informed the novel. She discusses how words and phrases trigger her memories, and how she used that experience as an effective flashback device in the book, and much more.

In the second half, Susan Straight shares her memoir, In the Country of Women. She talks about her family's secret language, the effective thread of The Odyssey throughout the book, and her enduring relationship with a very special possum.

Download audio.  (Broadcast date: September 4, 2019)

Sep 10 2019

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Short Story Writers Peter Orner & Ben Marcus on Writers on Writing, KUCI-FM

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Peter Orner joins Marrie Stone to talk about his latest collection, Maggie Brown & Others. He discusses the power of the short story form, and how he attempted to create the sensation of walking down a city sidewalk and staring up into all the lit apartment windows to get a sense of story. He talks about the importance of place, and leaving it. And much more.

In the second half, Ben Marcus shares his collection, Notes From the Fog. Ben talks about the story around which the rest of the collection formed, how Elon Musk's hatred of food inspired him, and more.

Download audio.

(Broadcast date: August 21, 2019)

Sep 02 2019

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iTunes Ratings

103 Ratings
Average Ratings
71
17
6
4
5

Great discussions and guests

By Zoe Kulp - Nov 15 2019
Read more
I recently discovered this podcast and I’m so glad I did. I love hearing writers speak about their processes and learning about new books/authors I should be checking out. Thank you, Barbara and Marrie!

Not only do I love this program, I’m grateful for it.

By Robert Kerbeck - Nov 03 2019
Read more
What I’ve always found most fascinating about this show was the diversity of not only the writers, but also the processes they used to write. There was no “one way” to create a book or a short story. For me, hearing this directly from writers was encouraging and reassuring. Not only do I love this program, I’m grateful for it.