Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?

  Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.

Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and more.

  With sage bits of advice, inviting questions, and colorful blank pages for writing, Colleen Murtaugh Paratore’s new book, Fireflies: A Writer’s Notebook, offers writers of all ages a place to capture ideas when they spark.

Paratore makes the case to travel to the firefly fields inside your own mind and heart, to write what only you can write, without worrying about "the rules."

She will be at the Albany Children’s Book Festival at the Albany Academies on Saturday.

  Editor Julia Scott produces radio documentaries and news features for the BBC World Service and nationally syndicated programs, and writes for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times. Her work has been featured in Best American Science Writing.

She has now edited the collection Drivel: Deliciously Bad Writing by Your Favorite Authors. It is a collection of wordy, overwrought, insipid writing by America’s most beloved authors and artists, including the likes of Gillian Flynn, Mary Roach, Dave Eggers, Rick Moody and Chuck Palahniuk.

    The very witty Fran Lebowitz joins this morning to talk about her stop at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on August 9th, her love of public speaking, and dread of writing.

Lebowitz is the author of two classic books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies and she was the subject of the documentary film, Public Speaking, directed by Martin Scorsese.

    How to Write Anything: A Complete Guide is a practical resource for everything you’ll ever have to write–at work, at school, and in your personal life. The book contains over 200 entries covering the most common writing tasks you’ll encounter. Each entry includes model outlines, annotated examples, and dos-and-don’ts.


  George Saunders’ Tenth of December was named one of the best books of last year by The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, New York, Kirkus Reviews, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, and People. It was a National Book Award finalist and won the Folio prize.

The collection of short stories scriven in Saunder’s signature sportive and startling style is now available in paperback.

  Our interview with Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd originally aired on The Book Show. It is online here

  If you are interested in telling your own story and writing anything from a blog to a memoir – listen up. Writer Marion Roach Smith is here to help. Her bestselling book, The Memoir Project, is a guidebook for anyone telling his or her own story.

Marion Roach Smith has taught a sold-out class called "Writing What You Know" since 1998. She is the author of The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair; co-author with Michael Baden, M.D., of Dead Reckoning; and author of Another Name for Madness.

Marion has been a commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered, and for six years had weekly spots on Martha Stewart Living Radio.

Listener Essay - The Retreat

May 23, 2013

   Dan New is a combat Vietnam Veteran and an artist who loves to write and photograph as expression of his life.