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Sep 27, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Suzy Takacs, founder of the Book Cellar, about indie bookstores, choosing what to sell, how authors can work with their local shops, deciding what stays on the shelf, and how to have a great launch event.

You can find the Book Cellar and information about their online events at...

Aug 30, 2020

In this episode, we talk with Ian Belknap, performer and essayist, on compelling yourself to write, founding Write Club, why you should speak your work aloud, respecting time, finding humor in the darkness, and being kind to yourself

You can find Ian Belknap online at and on Twitter @writeclubrules


Jul 26, 2020

In this episode, we talk with local legend Rebecca Makkai about networking, building a career as an author, the role of plot in literary fiction, and why everyone should read out loud to a room full of unruly ten-year-olds. 
Rebecca Makkai can be found online at and on Twitter at...

Jul 1, 2020

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Amina Gautier, author of three short story collections as well as over one hundred published stories. We discuss defying tropes in character descriptions, using images for inspiration, form following function, choosing scene over summary, and keeping your promises to the reader. 

Jun 7, 2020

This episode features a conversation with Chicago author Amelia Brunskill about the road to publication, pacing, building mysteries, selecting advice, and how to make sure this time it's (actually) personal. 
Find Amelia Brunskill online and order her book THE WINDOW at