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Yes, you read it right. The legendary Lee Gutkind graces the Behind the Prose virtual studio for a chat with yours truly. In this interview, we discuss everything from what time he goes to bed to how he crafted an overall narrative in a collection of stand-alone essays in his book Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather.
Plus, you get the scoop on what he's working on now and hear the answer to a question that he's never been asked before!
Here's a preview of some of the great lessons he gives in this show:
"The overall story determines the _______ and the __________ that you____________."
"Good advice to writers is to start with ________ __________."
If you can't fill in those blanks now, you will be able to after you listen to the show.
After you've done all your good listening, head over to the Creative Nonfiction website and buy your passes to the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference featuring tons of amazing writers ready to share their wisdom with you. I will be there too. Come say hello!
In May, nearly 200 folks descended on the historic city of Pittsburgh to rub writing elbows with authors, essayists, journalists, and editors at the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writers’ Conference.
Maybe you were there. Maybe you weren’t. If you find yourself in the latter, shame on you. Your penance is to listen to this great episode of Behind the Prose featuring an amazing structure analogy by the “Godfather of Creative Nonfiction” Lee Gutkind. If you’ve ever struggled with how to pull together the narrative in a nonfiction piece, this excerpt of his opening presentation has got your name all over it.
Plus, some folks in Michigan are giving away houses to writers. The innovative and perhaps pioneering initiative by Write A House takes the concept of a writers’ residency quite literally.
And of course, I’ve got the check in for you and my web find of the week.
Listen below or subscribe on iTunes.
Interview with Andrew Bermudez, Co-Founder & CEO of Digsy — a Free Intelligent Personal Assistant that helps you save time finding the perfect Office and Warehouse space for your business. Andrew is a technology and real estate entrepreneur in Orange County, CA and he is also a spokesperson for tech entrepreneurship in OC.
Interview with Andrew Bermudez, Co-Founder & CEO of Digsy — a Free Intelligent Personal Assistant that helps you save time finding the perfect Office and Warehouse space for your business. Andrew is a technology and real estate entrepreneur in Orange County, CA and he is also a spokesperson for tech entrepreneurship in OC...
Author Gail McMeekin talks about her book The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women.
in Visual Arts
Renee Baker is a composer, conductor, ensemble leader, violinist, and violist, Renée Baker composes and performs across cultural boundaries. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, she has founded or led 13 contemporary music projects, including the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, FAQtet, Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, and Red Chai.
Currently honing her compositions skills developing her painted score exploratriorum pieces for ensembles of 100 plus, Ms. Baker is in demand as a lecturer and expert in nontraditional composition techniques as well as large ensemble comprovisation/improvisation development.
She exhibits in Cologne, Berlin, Netherlands, London as well as Chicago.We are asking Renee to express her social imagination and how she shares these visions with the world, and her participatory art projects, social activism, black- experimentalism.
Uplifting Music: Listening to music that not only has a soothing melody, but an uplifting message, can be great for developing positive self-talk. Have you ever had a song ‘stuck in your head’ for a few hours or days, the lyrics repeating themselves in your mind? If those lyrics were positive and inspirational, that would be a good thing.
Please join us for a conversation about Creativity, Community, and Cultural relevance. We will be engaged with two dynamic guests. The first half of our program, we will interview the talented vocalist Ozara Ode. Ozara has started a Gofundme campaign to take her Nina Simone adaptation to Broadway. After reaching much success in Atlanta with the production “In the Key of Nina” during the summer of 2015, Ozara is on a mission to further honor Ms. Simone’s legacy. We will be talking more with Ozara to find out what she is doing and how we can support her.
The dialogue for the second hour will be driven by Pittsburg raptivist, Jasiri X who has been steadily climbing the rungs of the underground ladder worldwide. Jasiri made major noise with his debut single “Free the Jena6”. Tonight he will enlighten us about Black Liberation Theology and share what else he has in store.
We will contemplate the fate of a center that was designed with the spirit of Comrade Tupac Amaru Shakur in mind. Built to be a hub of Creative Community collaboration and cultural education, it has long been shut down and now the building is for sale. We look into ideas about what happened, why, and what we can do differently to insure that similar efforts flourish. Welcome to the Blaq Hour.
This episode of Behind the Prose features an interview with writer and artist Soo Na Pak.
Soo Na Pak lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her essays and prose appear in The Butter; TheRumpus.net; AlterNet.org; “Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption” (South End Press); Hamilton Stone Review; and Digital Artifact Magazine.
On Sunday’s show, we’ll analyze her two pieces “Woman” - a tribute to Amy Winehouse and “Osiris.”
We will discuss Soo Na's use of voice and tone in her narrative. She's also skilled at adeptly mixing abstract and concrete elements in nonfiction, and we'll get to the bottom of how she does it! Or at least close to somewhere in the middle.
Rae Luskin Chats About "Creative Activist Conversations" That Matter with SPEAK! #intothePODlight host Tracey Bond, PhJrn-Publicist
"I am so happy and delighted one of the people featured in my book, Sue Ellen Allen found her passion and her purpose in an Arizona women's prison and now she was sitting in Michelle Obama's box at the State of the union. Everyone has a story, it is up to us to ask and listen." -Rae Luskin
Chicagoland Celebrity Author Rae Luskin Hosts Creative Activists Conversations Event Feb. 11th, 2016
"We as a country can change our collective thinking when we have new conversations. It is the creatives who are opening doors through their "art". We can question our definition of able by a dance performed by a dis-abled person. We can talk about prison reform when an ex con is sitting with Michele Obama at the State of the union.
Date & Time: Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:00pto 7:30p CST.
Location: Five Seasons Sports Club – 1300 Techny Road Northbrook, IL
REGISTER TODAY at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-activists-conversations-that-make-a-difference-tickets-21021955234
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