writing http://wamc.org en "Tenth Of December" By George Saunders http://wamc.org/post/tenth-december-george-saunders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.georgesaundersbooks.com/">George Saunders’</a> <em>Tenth of December</em> was named one of the best books of last year by <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>, <em>NPR</em>, <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, <em>New York</em>, <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>, <em>BookPage</em>, <em>Shelf Awareness</em>, and <em>People</em>. It was a National Book Award finalist and won the <a href="http://www.thefolioprize.com/">Folio prize</a>.</p><p>The collection of short stories scriven in Saunder’s signature sportive and startling style is now available in paperback.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87708 at http://wamc.org "Tenth Of December" By George Saunders Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd's "Good Prose" http://wamc.org/post/best-2013-non-fiction-tracy-kidder-and-richard-todds-good-prose <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Our interview with Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd originally aired on The Book Show. It is online <a href="http://www.wamc.org/post/book-show-1284-tracy-kidder-and-richard-todd">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 80721 at http://wamc.org Best Of 2013 - Non-Fiction - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd's "Good Prose" Marion Roach Smith: The Memoir Project http://wamc.org/post/marion-roach-smith-memoir-project <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you are interested in telling your own story and writing anything from a blog to a memoir – listen up. Writer </span><a href="http://www.marionroach.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Marion Roach Smith</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is here to help. Her bestselling book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Memoir Project</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is a guidebook for anyone telling his or her own story.</span></p><p>Marion Roach Smith has taught a sold-out class called "Writing What You Know" since 1998. She is the author of <em>The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair</em>; co-author with Michael Baden, M.D., of <em>Dead Reckoning</em>; and author of<em> Another Name for Madness</em>.</p><p>Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's <em>All Things Considered</em>, and for six years had weekly spots on Martha Stewart Living Radio.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71418 at http://wamc.org Marion Roach Smith: The Memoir Project Listener Essay - The Retreat http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-retreat <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">&nbsp;Dan New is a combat Vietnam Veteran and an artist who loves to write and photograph as expression of his life.</span></p><p> Thu, 23 May 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Dan New 65378 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1294 - Cheryl Strayed http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1294-cheryl-strayed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.cherylstrayed.com/">Cheryl Strayed</a> is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller <em>Wild</em>, her essay collection, <em>Tiny Beautiful Things</em>, and the novel <em>Torch</em>.</p><p><em>Wild</em> was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. It tells Cheryl’s story of hitting the Pacific Crest Trail at age 22, following the death of her mother.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 63973 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1294 - Cheryl Strayed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Woodstock - Panel at The Woodstock Writer's Festival http://wamc.org/post/funny-thing-happened-way-woodstock-panel-woodstock-writers-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For this <a href="http://woodstockwritersfestival.com/">Woodstock Writer's Festival</a> panel, f<span style="line-height: 1.5;">our of the best writers for late night television come to Woodstock to share the mirth. Panelists include the legendary Bill </span>Scheft<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Late Show with David Letterman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">), Jess </span>Dweck<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Late Night with Jimmy Fallon</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">), and Meredith </span>Scardino<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Colbert Report</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">). Moderated by J.R. </span>Havlan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, (</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">).</span></p><p>The panel will be a live taping of J.R.'s podcast, <a href="http://writersblocpodcast.com/">Writer's Bloc</a>&nbsp;- he joins us for a preview.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 62376 at http://wamc.org A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Woodstock - Panel at The Woodstock Writer's Festival "The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" by Natalie Goldberg http://wamc.org/post/true-secret-writing-connecting-life-language-natalie-goldberg <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of <em>Writing Down the Bones</em>, joins us to talk about her new book: <em>The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language</em>.</p><p>She offers writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice in the second part of the hour.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 60638 at http://wamc.org "The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" by Natalie Goldberg The Book Show #1284 - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1284-tracy-kidder-and-richard-todd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 1973 in the offices of <em>The Atlantic Monthly</em> in Boston, a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor that encouraged him.</p><p>After much success they have written the new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1400069750/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1400069750&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1400069750" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em>, which explores three major non-fiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 58586 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1284 - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd Rabbi Dan Ornstein - To Speak the Truth, or not? http://wamc.org/post/rabbi-dan-ornstein-speak-truth-or-not <p>At a recent writing workshop I attended, I read a short, painful piece about the illness and death of a high school friend to my fellow writers.&nbsp;&nbsp; For some time since writing the piece, I have been struggling with the wisdom of attempting to publish it because some of my friend’s family members are still alive, and much of what I wrote might be quite distressing to them if they saw it in print.&nbsp; The group told me to stop worrying about this, specifically because they felt that the essay honors her memory, and that the main goal of personal essay and memoir is honest self- exp Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:30:00 +0000 Dan Ornstein 57912 at http://wamc.org Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing by Constance Hale http://wamc.org/post/vex-hex-smash-smooch-let-verbs-power-your-writing-constance-hale <p>Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb).</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 50125 at http://wamc.org Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing by Constance Hale