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Writers Who Don't Write

Author: Jeff Umbro & Kyle Craner / The Podglomerate

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Hosted by Jeff Umbro and Kyle Craner, this project began as a way for the two of them to get over their own fears of writing, and slowly morphed into an inspiring multi-year project to tell the stories others find difficult. Each episode brings a well-known creative into the studio to discuss his or her career, their newest projects, and one story they’ve always struggled to tell. Guests include Andy Weir, Lev Grossman, Stephanie Danler, The McElroys, Claire Messud, Mark Manson & Tim Urban, among dozens of others.

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V.E. Schwab

V.E. Schwab

2018-10-1700:53:543

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. She talks to WWDW about how she became such a prolific writer, dealing with anxiety while a critically acclaimed writer, and one story she always struggled to tell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander

2018-10-0300:35:381

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including SWING, SOLO, and REBOUND, the follow-up to his, NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. Some of his other works include BOOKED, a NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Nominee, THE PLAYBOOK: 52 RULES TO HELP YOU AIM, SHOOT, AND SCORE IN THIS GAME OF LIFE, and the picture books, OUT OF WONDER, SURF'S UP, and THE UNDEFEATED. He talks to WWDW about how he became a writer, and one story he always struggled to tell. Find more info at www.thepodglomerate.comLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Camille Perri

Camille Perri

2018-09-1900:49:041

Camille Perri is the author of The Assistants and When Katie Met Cassidy, and former books editor at Cosmo and Esquire. We sat down to talk with her about how her role as a books editor informed her writing, how she got her start, and what happened when her latest book took off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Matthew Pearl

Matthew Pearl

2018-09-0500:55:44

This week we sat down with author Matthew Pearl to discuss his path from studying law to writing and researching six(!) novels including The Dante Chamber, The Last Bookaneer, The Technologists, The Last Dickens, The Poe Shadow, and The Dante Club. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeff Pearlman

Jeff Pearlman

2018-07-2500:59:30

We chat with journalist and author Jeff Pearlman about writing profiles, writing about sports and the people who play them, and what it takes to do great research. Jeff has written several books including but not necessarily limited to Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL, Brett Favre: Gunslinger, Showtime, Sweetness, and The Bad Guys Won! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright

2018-07-1101:05:35

Jennifer Wright is the Author of Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them, and It Ended Badly: Thirteen of The Worst Break-Ups In History, is a political editor at Harper's Bazaar, and has written for publications like Cosmopolitan, Maxim, and Glamour. We sat down to talk with her about the terrifying reality of plagues, the moral fortitude of the house that Hufflepuff built, and writing about politics at a time like this. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher

2018-06-2700:45:151

Jim Butcher is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and the Cinder Spires. He lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He came on the show this week to discuss his career, his most recent book Brief Cases, which is a collection of all of his Harry Dresden short stories, and the one story he always struggled to tell. Find out more about Jim online at www.jim-butcher.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2018 Summer Reading List

2018 Summer Reading List

2018-06-1300:22:56

In this episode, in lieu of an author interview, Jeff and Kyle talk about the books they're currently reading, as well as the books that are on their respective reading lists for this summer. Kyle's fantasy heavy list includes The Kingkiller Chronicles from Patrick Rothfuss, The Codex Alera and the Dresden Files from Jim Butcher, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, among others. Jeff's list includes Little Fires Everywhere from Celeste Ng, some newspapers from the 1940s for a show he's working on for Podglomerate, and Solo by Kwame Alexander, among others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John Green via Off Track

John Green via Off Track

2018-05-3000:29:39

This week on the show we're trying something a little bit different. Another podcast Jeff produces via The Podglomerate was able to get an interview with legendary author John Green, so we decided to play it for you. This was a two parter, so if you enjoyed it you can search for Off Track with Hinch and Rossi on your podcast app of choice and listen to part 2. We'll see you in a couple weeks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert

2018-05-1600:49:58

This week on the show we speak with NYT bestselling author Melissa Albert, who's new novel The Hazel Wood is out now. We discuss what it's like to write your first novel, to write without knowing quite where you're going (at least at first) and about how much more relevant and poignant all those famous quotes about writing are once you start doing it yourself. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We sat down with Michael R. Underwood, Marie Brennan, and Cassandra Khaw; three of the four authors of Born to the Blade. Born to the Blade is a new serialized fiction offering from Serial Box - a company that specializes in serialized fiction in audio/e-book formats delivered weekly. We speak with the authors about the process of writing serialized fiction, writing in a Hollywood-style writers' room, and about the challenges of dividing and conquering a fantastic world through multiple viewpoints and writing styles. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman

2018-04-1800:45:38

Tom Rachman is the author of four books, including The Imperfectionists, The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, Basket of Deplorables, and his most recent work The Italian Teacher. We spend a lot of time discussing Tom's writing and revising process, we get into different aspects of his newest novel, and he tells us the story of the first novel he never published. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stina Leicht

Stina Leicht

2018-04-0400:42:23

Stina Leicht is the author of four novels: Blackthorne, Cold Iron, Of Blood and Honey and And Blue Skies From Pain. Her Feminist essays were featured in the Hugo Award winning Women Destroy Science Fiction! Issue of Lightspeed Magazine. She is currently working on the novel, Persephone Station, a Feminist SF Space Opera to be published by Saga Press in 2018. We speak with Stina about all things fantasy, and she tells us about how she worked through the pressure she felt while writing Of Blood and Honey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Paul Cantor

Paul Cantor

2018-03-2101:01:31

Paul Cantor is a Writer and Music Producer who's written for major publications like Vice, Rolling Stone, Esquire, NY Mag, Fader, Vulture, and many many more. He's recently focused on publishing stories to Medium while he finishes his first book and we talk to him about his life, his career, and the one story he's always struggled to tell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Michael Finkel

Michael Finkel

2018-03-0701:10:32

Michael Finkel is a journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Men's Journal, The Atlantic, and Skiing Magazine, among others. He is the author of Stranger in the Woods and True Story, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Jonah Hill and James Franco. He sat down with Writers Who Don't Write to discuss his work, his career, and one story he's always struggled to tell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dara Horn

Dara Horn

2018-02-2100:59:55

Dara Horn is the award winning author of Eternal Life, as well as four other novels: A Guide For The Perplexed, All Other Nights, The World To Come, and In The Image. She's also written a non-fiction book called The Rescuer, as well as pieces for major news outlets like The Washington Post. Though the story of Eternal Life spans thousands of years, Dara has called it her most autobiographical work for reasons we get into in the show. She tells us the story of the art heist that inspired her second book The World To Come, and about the strange encounter with a fan that followed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John August

John August

2018-02-0701:08:48

John August is the author of Arlo Finch and the Valley of Fire and the host of Scriptnotes and Launch. He’s mostly known as a screenwriter. His credits include Go, Big Fish, Charlie’s Angels, Titan A.E., Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. He also owns the company Quote-Unquote Apps, where he has released several popular apps and doodads, including Highland, Weekend Read, Bronson Watermarker, and Less IMDb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee

2018-01-2401:08:15

Neel Mukherjee is a Calcutta born author living in London. His third book, A State of Freedom, was just published by WW Norton in January 2018 and is available wherever books are sold. The music at the top and the bottom of the hour is brought to you by Ryan Dann of Holland Patent Public Library. You can find him online at wwwhollandpatentpubliclibrary.com. The music in the middle of the show is from Ben Sound. You can find him online at www.bensound.com. Writers Who Don’t Write is brought to you by Sudio Sweden headphones. You can get your own pair of headphones by using discount code 'WWDW' which will give you 15% off any purchase! Go to www.sudiosweden.com and enter the code 'WWDW' at checkout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The 2017 Recap

The 2017 Recap

2018-01-1000:34:58

Jeff and Kyle sit down to recap the books they read in 2017, what they're looking forward to in 2018, and where some of our previous guests are at in life and their careers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rerun: Lillian Cunningham

Rerun: Lillian Cunningham

2017-12-2700:58:01

Writers Who Don't Write interviewed Lillian Cunningham in March of 2017 regarding her role as the editor of the Washington Post's On Leadership section and host of the popular Presidential podcast. She sat down with us to chat about writing, producing and hosting a poiltical podcast during the 2016 election, what comes next, and the presidency of Chester Arthur, America's most forgotten president. Since we interviewed her, she has launched Constitutional, an excellent podcast looking back at various constitutional issues throughout America's history. Writers Who Don’t Write is supported by CastBox, the fastest growing podcast app around. Try it for yourself today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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