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Episode 43: Gilli Messer shares how she landed her first clip on McSweeney's

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Behind the Prose

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In this episode, we’re venturing into the land of humor. I discovered actress, singer, and writer Gilli Messer during my daily reading.

I loved her piece on McSweeney’s: "Young Couple Shares Vows Amidst State Sponsored Chaos."

Listen to learn how she landed her first clip on a major humor site and nailed the voice of New York Times’ wedding beat writers.

In this episode you’ll also learn:

  • How an anthropology degree at Barnard College helped Gilli become a better writer
  • The great new term for your day job
  • How to use the question “what if” to write a humor piece
  • How to wrangle inspiration onto the page


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