Novelist and author of the popular book ‘The Writer’s Room’, Charlotte Wood continues her in-depth conversations about the creative process. She talks to writers and other artists about how they work, what keeps them going, and the joys and challenges of making art.
Every artist must be self-reliant, but it’s also true that creative people have always sought out the community of like-minded others. From Virginia Woolf’s Bloomsbury circle to Elizabeth Gilbert’s online clan, writers in particular have often worked alongside kindred spirits - consoling, challenging and inspiring each other to look more closely, and think more deeply. Today’s episode is an edited version of a public conversation between Charlotte and Tegan Bennett Daylight, recorded in Sydney in December 2019.
Every artist comes up eventually against some big, scary questions, like: what’s the point? How can I justify making art in the face of the world’s catastrophes – a burning planet, endless cruelty, broken politics? And yet we know other people’s art has saved each of us, again and again. Art clarifies our thinking, challenges our ideas, illuminates our darkest moments. In this episode of The Writer's Room, novelist Charlotte Wood speaks with PEN-award-winning author and theologian Sarah Sentilles, cutting through the despair to talk about why artists should keep showing up to make something meaningful, ethical, and beautiful.