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May 31, 2021

In this episode, Sahar Mustafah discusses her journey to becoming an author, being a pandemic debut, the querying process, writing at 4am, novel vs short story revisions, advice for authors leading workshops for the first time, working on mutliple projects, and taking risks like a teenager.

Apr 26, 2021

In this episode, Jill Pollack, founder of the Stories Matter Foundation, talks about the creation of StoryStudio Chicago, how to build your own writing community, balancing business and creativity, teaching writing, and keeping your own counsel.
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Mar 29, 2021

In this episode of the Chicago Writers Podcast, Julie Halpern, author, and Matthew Cordell, author and illustrator, discuss meeting via zines, creating great picture books, writing a novel through letters, seeking inspiration from childhood, and winning a Caldecott.
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Feb 22, 2021

In this episode of the Chicago Writers Podcast, author Dipika Mukherjee discusses research, dealing with controversial topics, universal stories, avoiding preachiness, starting with character, Southeast Asian literature, and writing on a dare.

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Jan 25, 2021

In this episode, author Jac Jemc discusses her path to publication, writing short stories, working in bookstores, picking a small press, taking risks with short form pieces, finding a schedule, and the importance of reading.
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