S2 Ep12: Three Beginnings

S2 Ep12: Three Beginnings

Aspiring novelist Ben Hess is fascinated with beginning of stories and novels. So much is riding on just a few words, and this opening passage can make or break a literary success. Award winning teachers and writers Craig Childs, BK Loren, and Luis Alberto Urrea sit down with Ben to discuss their approach and to read a favorite beginning of their own work.

S2 Ep11: Language for the Ineffable

S2 Ep11: Language for the Ineffable

Three nationally renowned writers - Mark Doty, Greg Glazner, and Lidia Yuknavitch - plumb the depths of language when writing about ineffable topics like spirit, sex, beauty, and death. This excerpted live panel is a thought-provoking exploration of the craft, and the episode ends with Pulitzer finalist Luis Alberto Urrea talking politics and literature.

S2 Ep10: What's Your Scaffolding?

S2 Ep10: What's Your Scaffolding?

Host Ben Hess explores literary structure with later-in-life debut novelist Elizabeth Marro, award-winning writer and professor Josh Weil, and adds in a few tidbits from partner Writing by Writers co-founder, Pam Houston.

S2 Ep9: Initiative vs Destiny

S2 Ep9: Initiative vs Destiny

Award-winning writer and teacher Fenton Johnson and literary non-profit co-founder Karen Nelson discuss pivotal moments in their literary lives, shaped by either initiative, destiny, or some combination of the two.

a podcast on the craft of storytelling

a podcast on the craft of storytelling

We're deluged with content - TV, film, radio, podcasts - and some incredible stories being told. I created this podcast to explore how writers - novelists, poets, creative nonfiction writers, and memoirists - pursue the craft. Here's Story Geometry, a podcast on the craft & community of writing.