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The Book I Had to Write
The Book I Had to Write
Paul Zakrzewski

THE BOOK I HAD TO WRITE is the podcast where leading authors -- memoir writers, coaches, journalists, thought leaders, and others --... more

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What's Your Biggest Challenge with Writing?

I’ve just wrapped up season 2 of The Book I Had to Write, and I hope you’ve enjoyed... more

24 Jul 2023 · 2 minutes
How Do You Start Your (Holocaust) Memoir? with Leah Eichler

I Want to Hear from You! As season 2 wraps up, I want to make the show even more helpful... more

18 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
How Do First-Time Authors Get Over Resistance? with Joelle Hann

"There's a big gap between the dream and the published book--what's happening there?" asks book coach Joelle Hann (aka the... more

04 Jul 2023 · 33 minutes
How Do You Deal with a Shocking Discovery? with Julija Šukys

Paul interviews writer, scholar, and archival expert Julija Šukys, author of Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning. Part... more

20 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
Why Failing More Can Help Your Writing, with Stephen Marche

Paul interviews author and cultural critic Stephen Marche about his new book On Writing and Failure. We delve into the... more

06 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Susan Olding on Why Essays Matter

About this Episode In Canada, essayist Susan Olding is well-known as the author of smart, beautifully... more

23 May 2023 · 25 minutes
A Jewish Literary Mafia? with Josh Lambert

Overview In this episode of "The Book I Had to Write" podcast, Paul interviews Josh Lambert,... more

09 May 2023 · 42 minutes
Season 2 Trailer

Paul is back with a new season of The Book I Had to Write!   This time... more

01 May 2023 · 1 minute
How Do You Write About Yourself and Others? with Sari Botton

In this episode, I talk with writer and editor Sari Botton. Back around 2010, Sari started an interview series at... more

05 Jul 2022 · 48 minutes
Chloe Caldwell Does It Her Way (Bonus Episode)

This week, we’re featuring an episode from a great new show called The Bleeders. The Bleeders is a podcast (and support... more

28 Jun 2022 · 59 minutes
The Book I Had to Write
What's Your Biggest Challenge with Writing?
The Book I Had to Write