writing class radio
About This Show
Writing Class Radio is for people who love stories and who get inspired by hearing other people tell their stories and who wants to learn a little bit about how to write their own stories. You'll hear students write their way to the truth. And you'll hear students trying to deal as we follow them outside of class and into their real lives. Plus you'll hear all the juicy stuff that happens in writing class---resistance, crying, break-throughs, connection. There's no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and telling our stories. Everyone has a story. What's yours?Read more »
Most Recent Episode
Episode 46: An Object is More than Just an Object
Today on our show, we're talking about objects. Things like a pen, trash cans, reading glasses, and a scale. We can build stories around these things because these objects affect our lives. They can stand in for an emotion. The phrase for this is object correlative. T.S. Eliot used this phrase to describe “a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion.”
We asked students in our class to write about an object. You will hear prompt responses from three students. Allison Langer writes about dependence on reading glasses. The glasses represent age and loss. Liz Marquardt writes about garbage bins, which become symbolic of the frustrations of a long-term marriage. Maya Kieffer gave the same prompt to her poetry students in a class she facilitates through Exchange for Change at the Dade Correctional Institution, and we learn how an object can reveal so much about perspective.
In a longer, edited story, Margery Berger, takes us into her world through her life-long relationship with her scale.
Each student takes an ordinary object and shows the object’s impact in their world. And because of that process, we feel the emotion each object represents for the narrator.
This episode is sponsored by The Sanibel Island Writers Conference (https://www2.fgcu.edu/siwc/) Nov. 8-11, 2018. It’s the best writing conference in the world for all kinds of writing. Steve Almond, the author of many books most recently Bad Stories, tells you why. JOIN ANDREA AND STEVE AND OTHERS IN SANIBEL.
Writing Class Radio is a podcast where you’ll hear true personal stories from the students in our class and learn a little about how to write your own stories. Writing Class Radio is equal parts heart and art. By heart we mean the truth in a story. By art we mean the craft of writing. No matter what’s going on in our lives, writing class is where we tell the truth. It’s where we work out our shit, and figure out who we are. There’s no place in the world like writing class.
And we want to bring you in. One way is to enter our Fall Contest. Here’s the PROMPT: A Time You had an Unpopular Opinion (Big or small). Write your stories, 1,200 words or fewer, and send them to email@example.com. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2018. Guidelines on our website.
Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by student Allison Langer (www.allisonlanger.com) and teacher Andrea Askowitz (www.andreaaskowitz.com).
Writing Class Radio is produced by Virginia Lora, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. We are sponsored by and recorded at the University of Miami School of Communication.
Theme music by Ari Herstand. Additional music by Kai Engel, Gillicuddy, Dave Deppy, and Podington Bear.
There’s more writing class on our website (www.writingclassradio.com), twitter (@wrtgclassradio) and Facebook.
If you want inspiration in video form, we have a 3-part series for sale on our website. Andrea and Allison show our faces for radio as we reveal our top writing tips. Go to writingclassradio.com and download the videos. $20 for one or just $50 for all three.
So you’ve written an essay. Or you’re almost finished. Now what? Where do you send your story for publication? How do you format a story? Do you need a cover letter? We have the answers in a FREE publishing guide. To get our guide, join our mailing list. Go to writingclassradio.com and hit the sign up button. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who like a schedude, look for a new podcast episode on the first Wednesday of every month.
There’s no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and sharing our stories. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?Read more »
Rated 5 out of
Funny, smart and creative
if you like storytelling you'll love this show. Andrea Askowitz is a funny woman. The show follows the students and their stories they write while in Andrea's writing class
Date published: 2015-11-19