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.
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.