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This Creative Life with Sara Zarr

Author Sara Zarr in conversation with other writers, with a focus on the practical and psychological aspects of creativity, the creative process, and the strange landscape where art meets commerce. Past guests include the author of If I Stay, Gayle Forman; literary agent Michael Bourret; and filmmaker Scott Derrickson.

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Author Sarah Dessen – This Creative Life ep 27

Does she really need an introduction? Okay, just in case: Sarah Dessen is a Good Morning America superfan, tweeter extraordinaire, deviled egg aficionado and, oh yeah, the author of eleven bestselling novels. She and I recently met on the cybernets to talk about her writing life and career. We discussed how publishing has changed since [&hellip

34mins

15 Oct 2013

Rank #1

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Author & Video Game Designer Andrew Auseon – This Creative Life Ep 17

Andrew Auseon and I first made contact back in 2005 or 2006, when his debut novel, Funny Little Monkey, was out and I’d just sold Story of a Girl. Though we’ve known each other online for nearly eight years, the day we had our This Creative Life conversation was the first time we’d actually talked. He’s [&hellip

34mins

15 Jan 2013

Rank #2

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Author David McGlynn – This Creative Life ep 30

David McGlynn is the author of the Utah Book Award winning story collection The End of the Straight and Narrow; the riveting memoir about faith and swimming and loss, A Door in the Ocean; and numerous stories and essays published in places like Alaska Quarterly Review, Image, and Shenandoah, and work selected for Best American [&hellip

36mins

5 Dec 2013

Rank #3

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Author/Performer Aaron Hartzler – This Creative Life ep 22

Oh my oh my. I think I say this every time, but it’s yet another all-time favorite episode. Aaron Hartzler and I talk about his new memoir, RAPTURE PRACTICE, which led us to topics such as: the power of personal stories, why the advice “write like your parents are dead” doesn’t work for everyone, the [&hellip

34mins

15 Apr 2013

Rank #4

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Bryan Bliss & Kate Bassett – This Creative Life ep 31

It’s a This Creative Life first! My guests are two authors who are still a year out or more from the publication of their first books. I’ve been eager to do a show like this to remind us all that working writers don’t spring up overnight from nowhere. Not that you thought that, but it’s [&hellip

34mins

19 Dec 2013

Rank #5

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Screenwriter & Director Scott Derrickson – This Creative Life ep 13

What do these things have in common: Biola University, the Chicago Film Critics Association’s Top 100 Scariest Films ever made, GK Chesterton, Ethan Hawke, lawn work, and Walker Percy? Well, maybe there’s a lot there for anyone who wants to try, but for our purposes I’m talking about screenwriter and director Scott Derrickson. His most [&hellip

46mins

1 Nov 2012

Rank #6

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Author and Teacher Brandy Colbert - Ep 53

Sara talks to author Brandy Colbert (The Only Black Girls in Town) about writing, career envy, mortality, and the Real Housewives. For the full show notes, go to patreon.com/ThisCreativeLife

58mins

22 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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Ep 54: Writer & Teacher Daniel Bowman, Jr.

Sara talks with Dan Bowman, Jr., about writing, teaching, and about being #ActuallyAutistic. Watch for Notes from the Spectrum next year and stick around to the end of the episode to hear Dan read a poem. For the full show notes, go to patreon.com/ThisCreativeLife

53mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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Bestselling Author Ally Condie (also: A Year of Podcasting) – This Creative Life Ep 15

In January 2011, I gave a talk called “Crafting a Creative Life” at the SCBWI-NY conference. I talked about the long journey of an artist’s life and all of the things that might trap us or freeze us along the way–the practical things like time and money and bad backs, as well as the psychological [&hellip

28mins

17 Dec 2012

Rank #9

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This Creative Life season finale! Dealing with Change

The winds of change never stop a-blowin’. How do we deal? By being flexible, letting go, staying optimistic. In this episode of This Creative Life, I talk briefly about how this works and why it matters. No season-ending cliffhangers, no car crashes, no major cast changes, I promise. And then I’m sending the TCL production [&hellip

10mins

11 Jun 2013

Rank #10

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Author Steve Brezenoff – This Creative Life ep 28

Steve Brezenoff started his career with dozens of writer-for-hire chapter books, and never though he’d wind up writing young adult realism. He says he “did it all wrong,” and YA just seemed to be what was in him wanting to come out. In this episode, Steve takes us through his scene-based process for the forthcoming [&hellip

31mins

1 Nov 2013

Rank #11