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In this Behind the Prose exclusive, I interview Shapiro, who was my thesis mentor while I was an MFA student in the Creative Writing Program at The New School, where she's taught writing since 1993 and won a Distinguished Teaching Award.
The first time I took her highly popular "Instant Gratification Takes Too Long" Journalism course, I - like many of the other students -published a personal essay (on the website The Frisky.) I have to credit Shapiro with guiding my foray into the world of creative nonfiction. Once you listen to this interview, you’ll know exactly why I call her New York City’s Writer-in-Residence.
I’m not the only student whose writing life has been changed by her insight. More than 85 of her students have landed book deals over the last 10 years. The latest is Aspen Matis whose memoir Girl in the Woods is out this month from HarperCollins. Shapiro's students’ successes are reflective of a philosophy she lives by: publishing karma.
You can benefit from Sue's good publishing karma tomorrow at her open-to-the-public free Secrets of Publishing Panel at The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, Starr Foundation Hall, UL 102, Lower Level, University Center. Joining Shapiro will be Aspen Matis, her literary agent Ryan Harbage, Heliotrope book editor Naomi Rosenblatt, and Daniel Jones, the editor of what might be the personal essayists’ holy grail, the “Modern Love” column in The New York Times.
Marvel's Jessica Jones is the newest comic character to be adapted from comics to a live action series on Netflix. After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica is rebuilding her personal life & career as a private detective in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s time the world knew her name…
In the first episode of the show Jones is hired to find a pretty NYU student who's vanished, but it turns out to be more than a simple missing persons case.
Hosts Brett & Elana will discuss each episode one by one with special guests joining in. For this episode they'll be joined by Sarah Jaffe & Steven Attewell.
Jaffe is a reporting fellow at the Nation Institute & a giant nerd who once upon a time wrote about comics more than she wrote about politics, believe it or not, and she has lots of feelings about superhero movies AND their politics. She is working on her first book which is about social movements since the financial crisis & will be released next August from Nation Books. Follow her on Twitter.
Attewell is a political & union activist. He got his PhD in Policy History from the University of California, Santa Barbara & teaches public policy at CUNY's Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. His essays have appeared in Esquire, Salon & two books on the subject. He co-hosts the Game of Thrones Podcast & is the founder & writer of Race for the Iron Throne.
Besides having one of the best writer’s websites I’ve ever seen, Joan Dempsey has successfully merged the craft she loves with a business model that helps others reach their writing goals. On March 8 at 6 PM EST, she joins me on the Behind the Prose Radio Show to tell us how she lives the literary life oh-so-well. There are things I want to know like: what is a "writing shed” and how does one get one? How do writers decide which genre to focus on? And can you really teach an old writer dog new cut-clutter-from-your sentences-tricks?
Besides delving into her original course, Improve Your Writing: Ten Essential Tools for Streamlining Your Sentences, we’ll focus on the craft of her short story, “Wild Swan” which appeared in The Adirondack Review.
Joan will take your questions live on the air via my studio call-in phone number 347-857-2225.
Tweet your questions or SKYPE in by clicking the button on the live show! #noexcuses
Let's listen, learn, and write!
Jessica Peterson is a highly-sought out consultant and speaker who teaches social media and digital marketing concepts to clients across the country.
A certified social media coach, with a specialization in Facebook, she has trained hundreds of professionals on how to build their business using proven methods that include not only Facebook, but also Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest.
An author of 2 books, WOW on Facebook and WOW Now Increase Revenue Today!
Everyone knows Jessica as a Connector and Supporter.
She has won many awards such as top sales, top employee, top 12 Spirited Women, top 100 women in the world.
After many years of studying and testing social media, Jessica finally developed a four step plan of action to grow your business on social media.
What do you get if you cross a syndicated newspaper columnist with a business book author on a Pearson imprint with an entrepreneur who owns Pro Blog Service and novelist who's the Spring 2016 writer-in-residence at the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, Florida?
Erik Deckers, this week’s guest of Behind the Prose.
I interviewed Erik in August, just before he relocated to Florida. (Ironically, he was already planning a move there just before learning that he won the coveted residency).
By now, I’m sure he’s settled in and enjoying the “vibrant literary community” of Orlando that he talks about in this episode.
But before we get to the Kerouac Project, we go through his decades long career as a humor columnist and his book deals on Que Publishing.
In this interview you’ll also learn:
The rhetorical move he started using in his humor and now can’t stop
How travel writing led him to making an activist move that sent one of his posts viral and cost him a job
His trick to churning out content on a weekly basis
There’s also some discussion of Pluto. And if you listened to Sean Ennis’ episode, you might find this kinda spooky. Well, it is Halloween week. Or maybe I’m just subconsciously drawing this Pluto stuff to me. (Remember the Reading-Updike-Keillor thing?)
Either way, like Erik’s buddy Karl the Curmudgeon, I’m still kinda mad about Pluto too. Get show links at behindtheprose.com.
I caught up with Nick Spark and Jessica Cox from Right-Footed.
Born without arms as the result of a severe birth defect, Jessica Cox never allowed herself to believe that she couldn’t accomplish her dreams.
An expert martial artist, college graduate and motivational speaker, Jessica is also the world’s only armless airplane pilot, a mentor, and an advocate for people with disabilities
Directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark, Right Footed chronicles Jessica’s amazing story of overcoming adversity and follows her over a period of two years as she becomes a mentor for children with disabilities and their families, and a disability rights advocate working in the U.S.A. and abroad.
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