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Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers
Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers
Brooke Warner and Grant Faulkner

Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers kicked off in September 2018 and airs every week. We are a podcast for writers craving a unique... more

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Being a Voice for Causes That Matter, featuring Naomi Klein

This week’s episode airs Brooke in conversation with Naomi Klein at this year’s Bay Area Book Festival. While this interview... more

22 Jul 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
How Secrets Fuel Memoir Writing, featuring Margaret Juhae Lee

Secrets come in all forms, big and small. We inherit secrets, carry the secrets of others, and struggle with the... more

15 Jul 2024 · 40 minutes
On the Awards We Receive and the Rewards We Make, featuring Jayne Anne Phillips

This week’s guest, Jayne Anne Phillips, is a Pulitzer prize-winning author for her latest book, Night Watch, which gives Write-minded an opportunity... more

08 Jul 2024 · 45 minutes
How Big Questions Inform Fiction, featuring Rachel Khong

This week’s Write-minded centers questions, and how questions guide writers, drive fiction, and unearth important stories. Guest Rachel Khong shares... more

01 Jul 2024 · 43 minutes
Breaking New Ground in Memoir, featuring Shze-Hui Tjoa

Write-minded is celebrating memoir as an evolving form this week, tackling the difference between imaginative writing in memoir and writing... more

24 Jun 2024 · 44 minutes
The Big Novel, featuring Garth Risk Hallberg

This week we take on The Big Novel and unpack our thoughts on novel length, the very concept of The... more

17 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
Remembering and Forgetting: The Refugee Journey, featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen

It’s Write-minded’s 300th episode! And we’re celebrating by bringing listeners the esteemed Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose novel, The Sympathizer, was adapted for HBO... more

10 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
Behind the Scenes of Selling Books, featuring Josh Cook

This week’s episode is one for book lovers, book collectors, aspiring authors, and every kind of writer. It’s always helpful... more

03 Jun 2024 · 48 minutes
Be the Change You Want To See, featuring Dhonielle Clayton

In this week’s extra-inspiring show, guest Dhonielle Clayton treats us to a generous conversation about effecting change in the industry... more

27 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The Raw Truth About Exposure, featuring Susan Kiyo Ito

What will other people think? What will be the consequences of sharing my truth? These are among some of the... more

20 May 2024 · 42 minutes
Deep Memoir, featuring Jennifer Leigh Selig

We’re living through a golden age of memoir, and guest Jennifer Leigh Selig’s Deep Memoir is a new contribution to... more

13 May 2024 · 37 minutes
Grief: The Hardest Emotion to Write, featuring Claire Jiménez

This week’s Write-minded takes on grief, and why, as our guest Claire Jiménez says, “it’s where language collapses.” Jiménez’s new book deals... more

06 May 2024 · 39 minutes
Creating New Forms—and Rearranging the Alphabet, featuring Elwin Cotman

This week Write-minded is interviewing an established writer whose star is on the rise. Elwin Cotman’s new story collection blew... more

29 Apr 2024 · 36 minutes
The Art of Intimacy, featuring Stacey D’Erasmo

This week Write-minded reaches broadly into the topic of intimacy to explore its many permutations—not just romantic, but innocuous, violent,... more

22 Apr 2024 · 49 minutes
The State of the Book Review, featuring John McMurtrie

This week’s guest is John McMurtrie, the esteemed former editor of the San Francisco Chronicle’s book review section. Join us... more

15 Apr 2024 · 42 minutes
Social Responsibility in Fiction, featuring Naomi Kanakia

What does it really mean to consider your own social responsibility as a fiction writer? Guest Naomi Kanakia confronted that... more

08 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Getting Real About Book Publishing, featuring Kathleen Schmidt

Strap on your seatbelts ’cause we’re going for a ride—into the wild world of book publishing. Guest Kathleen Schmidt is... more

01 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
The Big Familia of Writing Inspiration, featuring Tomas Moniz

An episode about friendship, writing about friendship, and how friendship influences our writing lives. As a community-minded podcast, Write-minded has... more

25 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
Other People’s Words, featuring Lissa Soep

This week’s Write-minded show examines the nuanced and deep exploration at the heart of guest Lissa Soep’s new book, Other People’s... more

18 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
Light-hearted Writing During Heavy-hearted Times, featuring Neely Tubati-Alexander

Ready for a reprieve? Join Brooke and Grant and this week’s guest, Neely Tubati-Alexander, for a conversation about whether romance and... more

11 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
Strategies for Writing About Childhood Trauma, featuring Javier Zamora

This week Write-minded wades into the important topic of writing about childhood trauma. Trauma is at the heart of many... more

04 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
Recovering from the Stigma of a "Failed" First Novel, featuring Ethel Rohan

It's important to learn from the challenges of a failed book rather than allowing it to define your career. The... more

26 Feb 2024 · 49 minutes
Journeying into Writerly Aesthetic, featuring K-Ming Chang

A fun episode about aesthetic, language, and paying attention to style and taste in writing. This week’s guest K-Ming Chang... more

19 Feb 2024 · 45 minutes
Breaking Into Ghostwriting and Work-for-Hire Writing, featuring Aubre Andrus

Ghostwriting and work-for-hire are great ways to break into the publishing industry and to make a living as a writer.... more

12 Feb 2024 · 35 minutes
How Stories Get Carried Through the Generations and in Our Bones, featuring Ingrid Rojas Contreras

This week’s Write-minded floats into the magical and surreal world of Ingrid Rojas Contreras, who talks about her new memoir, The... more

05 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
Get Into Your Writing Using All the Senses, featuring Janet Fitch

In this gorgeous, sensualistic, tactile, provocative episode of Write-minded, we explore the senses with Janet Fitch of White Oleander fame. In this... more

29 Jan 2024 · 57 minutes
How to Be Self-Revealing in Memoir When You're Not In Real Life, featuring Dr. Brian H. Williams

This week's episode moves beyond inspiring and into the territory of important, essential, and recommended listening—and reading. Guest Dr. Brian... more

22 Jan 2024 · 43 minutes
Hidden Stories, featuring Vanessa Chan

Hidden stories are at the heart of many a novel and memoir, driving writers, often from very young ages, toward... more

15 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
The Future of the Book, featuring Maja Thomas

Books were just books for hundreds of years, but in the past 20 years, we've experienced major shifts in how... more

08 Jan 2024 · 49 minutes
The New Year's Un-resolution Show

Happy New Year! On this week’s Write-minded, Brooke and Grant take stock of last year’s resolutions and hold their own... more

01 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
The Subtle Art of Attunement and Its Bearing on Our Writing, featuring Baron Wormser

This week we’re slowing down, inviting listeners to contemplate another world both far and not far away from this one... more

18 Dec 2023 · 41 minutes
Finding and Building the Community That’s Right for You, with Alexa Bigwarfe

This week on Write-minded we’re coming back to a well-loved topic: Community! Only we’re tackling it from some new angles,... more

11 Dec 2023 · 43 minutes
The Higher Truth of Fiction, featuring Jamila Minnicks

Join Grant and Brooke this week for a conversation about truth—emotional truth, essential truth, truth as the core driver of... more

04 Dec 2023 · 40 minutes
The Origin Story, featuring Deepa Anappara and Taymour Soomro

This week's guests are the coeditors (and contributors to) Letters to a Writer of Color. Listen in to hear the profound insights... more

27 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
One Sentence Leads to a Second Sentence: Pushing Through the Muddy Middle of NaNoWriMo, featuring Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

Pep Talk alert! Whether you’re writing a ton or writing a-none, this week’s episode is geared toward writers who are... more

13 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Get Inspired to Write from One of the Most Prolific Women Writers in History, featuring Allison Gilbert

This week Brooke shares an interview she recorded with Allison Gilbert about her new book, Listen World!, a biography of the most... more

06 Nov 2023 · 46 minutes
Gothic Stories’ Long History of Drawing from Everyday Monsters, featuring Isabel Cañas

Happy Halloween Week and Happy Start of NaNoWriMo. This week’s episode is a twofer because we’re bringing you a little... more

30 Oct 2023 · 43 minutes
Playing with Narration in Memoir, with Maggie Smith

With her new memoir, You Could Make This Place Beautiful, guest Maggie Smith provides an example of how to break conventional... more

23 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
For the Love of Fanfiction, featuring Rainbow Rowell

Whether you already love fanfiction or don’t really get it, you’ll want to tune into this episode for the sheer... more

16 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
The Art of Coauthoring, featuring Helen Macdonald and Sin Blaché

This week’s co-authoring duo, Helen Macdonald and Sin Blaché, take us inside their relationship and share authentically and honestly about... more

09 Oct 2023 · 48 minutes
The Best Way to Learn to Write a Novel? Write It!, featuring Kayvion Lewis

One month out from National Novel Writing Month, this episode hopes to inspire listeners around the truism that the very... more

02 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
Dreaming and Writing, featuring Tzivia Gover

This week’s episode considers the intersection between dreaming and writing and how to harness not dreaming per se, but the... more

25 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
What Short Stories Do That Novels Can’t, featuring Ghassan Zeineddine

This week’s episode is an exploration of form, and why some stories are better contained in short story form rather... more

18 Sep 2023 · 39 minutes
Unconventional Points of View, featuring Jimin Han

This week Write-minded explores point of view, especially those stories told with less conventional points of view. Uncommon points of... more

11 Sep 2023 · 44 minutes
Agent Insights, featuring Lisa Leshne

Write-minded is kicking off our sixth year this week with an episode focused on the skinny around what agents do,... more

03 Sep 2023 · 42 minutes
The Art of Memoir, featuring Rebecca Carroll and Jeannine Ouellette

Two of our favorite memoir episodes from last year revisited, with guests whose memoirs showcase exceptional craft—so much so that... more

28 Aug 2023 · 54 minutes
Storytelling from Legacy Authors, featuring Gish Jen and Peggy Orenstein

This week we’re celebrating two of our more accomplished guests of last year. Grant and Brooke talk about the joy... more

21 Aug 2023 · 44 minutes
The Business of Publishing, featuring Rachael Herron and Joe Biel

This week we’re revisiting our favorite two book biz episodes from last year. Both episodes got more listener feedback than... more

14 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
High-Stakes Fiction, featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Ana Reyes

This is the first of our summer favorites series, featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Ana Reyes. We’re revisiting our favorite... more

07 Aug 2023 · 43 minutes
Parent-Adult Child Dynamics for Writers, featuring Gail Warner (Brooke’s mom)

This week’s show takes on an age-old topic—that of all the ways family’s feelings, impressions, and reactions play a role... more

31 Jul 2023 · 54 minutes
The Art of Writing Unlikeable Characters, featuring Ben Purkert

This week's guest Ben Purkert, author of the newly released novel, The Men Can’t Be Saved, gives us some insight into the... more

24 Jul 2023 · 46 minutes
Community as Muse, featuring Kellye Garrett

On this community-minded podcast, we love to host a community-focused episode from time to time. Guest Kellye Garrett shares the... more

17 Jul 2023 · 52 minutes
Coming-of-Age Stories, featuring Yasmin Azad

This week’s episode spotlights one of the most popular types of stories we see in both memoir and fiction—the coming-of-age... more

10 Jul 2023 · 38 minutes
Graphic Novels, Literary Collage, and Poetry Comics, featuring Kelcey Ervick

This week Write-minded is expanding our literary horizons beyond the written word and into the myriad forms of visual creative... more

26 Jun 2023 · 39 minutes
Leveraging Your Why, featuring N.D. Jones

This week we’re talking about purpose and passion with guest N.D. Jones, a prolific author of fantasy stories and series... more

19 Jun 2023 · 44 minutes
Taking the Dare, featuring Krystal Marquis

This week Grant and Brooke return to a topic we love—taking the leap, saying yes to the dare, finding inspiration... more

12 Jun 2023 · 29 minutes
Stories That Must Be Told, featuring Nicole Chung

This is an onstage interview with Brooke Warner and this week’s guest Nicole Chung. Brooke interviewed Nicole at the Bay... more

05 Jun 2023 · 40 minutes
Writing a Violent Story with Love, featuring Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

We bring you a powerful show stemming from a powerhouse of a guest this week. Write-minded examines the intersection of activism... more

29 May 2023 · 35 minutes
Investigating Toward Deeper Truths, featuring Gretchen Cherington

This week’s episode covers the importance of investigation and research in works of family and personal histories and memoirs. Guest Gretchen... more

22 May 2023 · 41 minutes
The Mystery Is the Clarity, featuring Charif Shanahan

If you’re a longtime listener, you know Write-minded loves a good show on the mystery, on the magic, on the... more

15 May 2023 · 44 minutes
Pushing Boundaries in Book Publishing, featuring Joe Biel

Resist, push back, go your own way! These are themes of today’s show as we talk about book publishing with... more

08 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Writing with Raw Honesty about Family, featuring Rebecca Carroll

When it comes to writing about family, in memoir or fiction, writers must consider the ramifications. To write honestly, writers... more

01 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Dollars and Cents—the Money Episode, featuring Rachael Herron

If you’ve been taught never to talk about money, or if the idea of sharing your earnings publicly makes you... more

24 Apr 2023 · 45 minutes
On Pioneering and Why It Matters, featuring Donna Hill

This episode honors a pioneer of a genre with guest Donna Hill, who pioneered a genre and hasn’t looked back.... more

17 Apr 2023 · 42 minutes
Executing an Ambitious Book Project, featuring Jinwoo Chong

This week’s episode features a bright new star in the literary universe, Jinwoo Chong, whose debut novel, Flux, was also... more

10 Apr 2023 · 35 minutes
The Themed Poetry Collection, featuring Heather Bourbeau

This week Write-minded rings in National Poetry Month with guest Heather Bourbeau in a conversation about poetry, working with themes, and... more

03 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
The Literature of Longing, featuring Madelaine Lucas

Longing is a subject, topic, theme, and obsession of countless stories that have shaped our literary landscape. Grant and Brooke... more

27 Mar 2023 · 34 minutes
The Self-improvement Memoir, featuring Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein joins Brooke and Grant this week to talk about a number of ideas at the center of her... more

20 Mar 2023 · 40 minutes
Mining Tension in Fiction, featuring Gish Jen

Building tension in stories is part of writing good fiction writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do—and it... more

13 Mar 2023 · 43 minutes
How We Can Reclaim Our Stories Through Fiction, featuring Cheryl A. Head

If you write fiction, you already know you’re the master of the world you create on the page. That comes... more

06 Mar 2023 · 38 minutes
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Mining Tension in Fiction, featuring Gish Jen
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Building tension in stories is part of writing good fiction writing, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do—and it also requires... more