Episode 83: Writing Outside Our Experience – with Nicholas Petrie

Today I’m talking to Nicholas Petrie, author of the stunning debut The Drifter, an explosive thriller written with a strong literary sensibility. In our conversation, we tackle a topic that many authors often struggle with: how do we write about something when we have no first-hand experience with it? This question goes deeper than “how do… Read more »

Episode 82: Start Small and Embrace the Power of Zero

Hey there Word Nerds! I’m so glad you’re here. First OMG! today is the day after my birthday. But more important, I am excited to share today’s topic because it’s a big one. Today I want to talk about the power of starting small and embracing the power of zero. A lot of people resist starting something (writing a book, launching a… Read more »

Episode 81: Why We Write About Ourselves – with Meredith Maran

Hi there Word Nerds! Thanks for joining me for today’s episode of DIY MFA Radio. Today I’m talking to Meredith Maran about her latest book: Why We Write About Ourselves. Following up on her previous collection: Why We Write, Meredith’s most recent book is a collection of essays from memoirists, talking about why they write memoir in… Read more »

Episode 78: Building an Email List – Interview with Kirsten Oliphant

Hey there Word Nerds! Welcome back to DIY MFA Radio. Today I’m talking to blogger and writer, Kirsten Oliphant, and we’ll be discussing one of my absolute favorite writing topics: email list-building for writers! But first, a little bit about Kirsten. She earned MFA in fiction from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been blogging for… Read more »