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Inside Writing

Inside Writing

By Gotham Writers
Brought to you by Gotham Writers Workshop, Inside Writing gets you the inside scoop on the writing industry, from book to screen to stage. Each episode, host Josh Sippie interviews one or two creatives (writer, agent, editor, producer, director), every guest excelling within their endeavors. They discuss what works, what doesn't, and what you need to do to get closer to your goals.
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Inside Writing—Phil Cohen
In season four, episode thirteen of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie talks with Phil Cohen about his journey through and expertise in adapting books to film. They discuss how he finds the stories worthy of adaptation, some specific examples of projects that have really worked, what cinematic storytelling looks like, and how to set yourself apart from the masses of competition out there. Links from the panelists: Phil's recent music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6Ntmr0jxmM&ab_channel=BigScaryMonsters Work with Phil! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjP3yag5L9lmo_F4hwAWsdepYvoK-zBG3kJd0vUJ_OEmh3gQ/viewform?usp=sf_link Connect on social media! Gotham Writers' Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:20
November 30, 2021
Inside Writing—Adam Borba
In season four, episode twelve of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie talks with Adam Borba about his journey as a Disney movie producer and middle grade author. They discuss finding your brand and audience as a writer, the creative differences between production and differences in creative process between novel writing and movie production, what makes a story worthy of the screen, and the intricacies of adapting materials like Peter Pan. Links from the panelists: Adam's book: https://www.lbyr.com/titles/adam-borba/the-midnight-brigade/9780316542517/ Adam's movie credits: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8219587/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Connect on social media! Adam's Twitter: https://twitter.com/adam_borba Adam's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/adamborba/?hl=en Gotham Writers' Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
55:38
November 12, 2021
Inside Writing—Sensitivity Readers
In season four, episode eleven of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Angie Chatman chats with Nicole Coles and Sahrish Hadia, both sensitivity readers. They discuss the value of sensitivity reads, when they are necessary and how to acquire one, what all requires a sensitivity reader, and how the publishing industry can change going forward.  Links from the panelists: Tessera Editorial: https://www.tesseraeditorial.com/ Connect on social media! Angie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/angiecwriter Sahrish's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahrishhadia Gotham Writers' Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
57:10
November 5, 2021
Inside Writing—Ken Davenport
In season four, episode ten of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Ken Davenport about his journey to Broadway producer. They discuss the value of learning as you go, breaking into the production side of show business, finding your community, and creating something no one else has done. Links from the panelist: Ken’s website: https://kendavenport.com/ Theater Makers Studio: https://theatermakersstudio.com/ Theater Makers Summit: https://www.thetheatermakersstudio.com/summit44072070 Be A Broadway Star board game: https://beabroadwaystar.com/ The Dan Plan: http://thedanplan.com/about/ The Dr. Kenny Encouragement Foundation: https://kendavenport.com/giving-back/ Connect on social media! Ken’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway/?hl=en Ken’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/kendavenport Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
55:35
November 3, 2021
Inside Writing—S.B. Divya
In season four, episode nine of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with S.B. Divya about transitioning from an electrical engineer into a full-time writer. They discuss the crossover between engineering and science fiction writing, when and how to turn writing into full-time, and becoming an editor in addition to being a writer. Links from the panelist: S.B. Divya’s website: https://sbdivya.com/ S.B. Divya’s new novel, Machinehood: https://sbdivya.com/machinehood Escape Pod: https://escapepod.org/ Escape Pod anthology: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/648054/escape-pod-the-science-fiction-anthology-by-sb-divya/ Connect on social media! S.B. Divya’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/divyastweets Escape Pod Twitter: https://twitter.com/escapepodcast Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
57:48
October 29, 2021
Inside Writing—Jasmin Darznik
In season four, episode eight of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Jasmin Darznik about becoming a bestselling author. They discuss her journey from childhood reader to bestselling author, how she chooses the subject of her next stories, the difference in writing fiction and nonfiction, and leading the story with setting. Links from the panelist: Jasmin’s website: https://jasmindarznik.com/ Jasmin’s books: https://jasmindarznik.com/books Connect on social media! Jasmin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/jasmindarznik?lang=en Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
54:10
October 19, 2021
Inside Writing—Tommy Dean
In season four, episode seven of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Tommy Dean about becoming a career literary magazine editor. They discuss the wide world of literary magazines, the submission process, finding who you want to be as a writer, and the expanding world of flash fiction. Links from the panelist: Fractured Lit: fracturedlit.com Uncharted Mag: unchartedmag.com Tommy’s website: www.tommydeanwriter.com Tommy’s substack: https://tommydean.substack.com/ Pre-order Tommy’s new flash collection, Hallows: https://altcurrent.square.site/product/hollows-flash-stories-by-tommy-dean/43?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false Connect on social media! Tommy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/TommyDeanWriter Tommy’s Instagram: @thomasrdean13 Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:30
October 6, 2021
Inside Writing—Erin Entrada Kelly
In season four, episode six of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Erin Entrada Kelly about her award-winning career as a children’s book author. They discuss the creative process behind publishing a new book every year, what the draw to children’s literature is in the first place, how to find your voice as a writer, and the ins and outs of identifying what agent is right for your writing. Links from the panelist: Erin’s website: http://www.erinentradakelly.com/ Erin’s books: http://www.erinentradakelly.com/books/ Pre-order Erin’s forthcoming book, Those Kids From Fawn Creek: https://www.amazon.com/Those-Kids-Creek-Entrada-Kelly/dp/0062970356/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1626445705&sr=1-1 Connect on social media! Erin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/erinentrada Erin’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinentrada/ Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:06
October 1, 2021
Inside Writing—Aaron Mahnke
In season four, episode five of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Aaron Mahnke about the boom and expansion of his hit podcast, LORE. They discuss how the idea came about, how it took off so quickly, the changes in the podcasting world, and how to follow in the footsteps of one of the most successful podcasts of all time. Links from the panelist: Aaron’s website: aaronmahnke.com LORE: lorepodcast.com Grim & Mild: grimandmild.com LORE on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lore-Season-1/dp/B086HWZXRG LORE books: http://theworldoflore.com/books/ Connect on social media! Aaron’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/amahnke LORE’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/LorePodcast Grim & Mild Twitter: https://twitter.com/GrimAndMild Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
54:02
September 17, 2021
Inside Writing—Ken Liu
In season four, episode four of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Ken Liu about his successes as an award-winning writer. They discuss the process of finding an agent, how to assess yourself as a writer, getting your work out there and knowing where to send it, and how to be authentically you every time you write.   Links from the panelist: Ken's website: https://kenliu.name/ Ken's books: https://kenliu.name/books/ AMC+'s forthcoming series based on Ken's stories: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11680642/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt Ken's new audio project with Audible, The Armies Of Those I Love: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Armies-of-Those-I-Love-Audiobook/B08S6M1H8K?source_code=ORGGB156022519003B   Connect on social media! Ken's Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyliu99 Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
57:25
September 9, 2021
Inside Publishing Law
In season four, episode three of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Joseph Perry and Jennifer Chen Tran about the law side of publishing. They discuss the ins and outs of copyrights, how to protect your work, when to protect your work, and when to call on a lawyer for help.   Links from the panelist: Jen’s website: https://jenchentran.com/ Jen’s email: info@jenchentran.com To query Jen: https://querymanager.com/query/jenchentran Joe’s law firm: https://www.josephperrylaw.com/ Joe’s agency: https://www.perryliterary.com/ Joe’s emails: jperry@josephperrylaw.com and jperry@perryliterary.com Joe’s newsletter: https://www.getrevue.co/profile/josephperrylaw  Connect on social media! Jen's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenchentran Joe's agency Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerryLiterary Joe's law firm Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerryLaw1 Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:26
September 3, 2021
Inside Writing—Madhuri Shekar
In season four, episode two of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Madhuri Shekar about her successful career as an award-winning writer of plays, TV, and screen. They discuss how one finds opportunities for themselves, how to maintain your mental health when stress is rampant in the creative industries, the state of the MFA world and the live theater world, and how to know when a project is right for you.  Links from the panelist: Madhuri's website: http://www.madhurishekar.com/ The American Theatre article Madhuri mentioned: https://www.americantheatre.org/2021/08/16/theatres-restaff-but-who-gets-to-come-back/?fbclid=IwAR33DsL24CourU86umvXMEYbeP1Q45MqpBXTFJ-U1NhHDapP7B-KDHuF29Q The Dramatists Guild: https://www.dramatistsguild.com/ East West Fest: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/eastwestfest Candida Classic Theatre: http://classictheatre.ca/candida/ Connect on social media! Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:15
August 27, 2021
Inside Writing—Chuck Wendig
In season four, episode one of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie chats with Chuck Wendig about his extensive career in the creative world. They discuss the origins of the creative spark that leads to a career full of writing, how to navigate through multiple mediums of writing, from movies to novels to comics, and how much of a part, if any, social media and online presence has to do with any of this. Links from the panelist: Chuck's blog: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/ Chuck's new book, Book of Accidents: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/project/the-book-of-accidents/ Chuck's forthcoming book, Dust & Grim: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/project/dust-grim/ Chuck mentioned three platforms for paid content: Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/ Payhip: https://payhip.com/ Connect on social media! Chuck Wendig on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChuckWendig Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
53:13
August 12, 2021
Inside Chapbooks and Anthologies
In season three, episode fourteen of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with editors Kit Frick and Abayomi Animashaun. They discuss what chapbooks and anthologies are, when and how to submit to them, and what the writer can do to maximize their odds of being published. Links from the panelists: Black Lawrence Press's main submissions calendar: https://blacklawrencepress.com/submissions-and-contests/ Black River Chapbook Competition: https://blacklawrencepress.com/submissions-and-contests/the-black-river-chapbook-competition/ Entropy Mag’s “Where To Submit” for June, July, August: https://entropymag.org/where-to-submit-june-july-and-august-2021/#chapbooks Entropy's general "Where to Submit": https://entropymag.org/category/where-to-submit/ Kit Frick's books and website: https://kitfrick.com/ Abayomi Animashaun's books: https://blacklawrencepress.com/authors/abayomi-animashaun/ Connect on social media! Kit Frick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kitfrick Black Lawrence Press on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlackLawrence Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
01:02:50
June 17, 2021
Inside Page to Screen
In season three, episode thirteen of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writer Ken Liu and Phil Cohen, developmental editor and development executive at Warner Brothers. They discuss why some stories are picked to be adapted to the screen over others, how to make your story stand out from the crowd, and what the writer can expect to do when their work is adapted. Links from the panelists: Ken Liu’s website: https://kenliu.name/ Ken Liu’s newsletter: https://kenliu.name/mailing-list/ Ken Liu’s books: https://kenliu.name/books/ Work with Phil as developmental editor: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjP3yag5L9lmo_F4hwAWsdepYvoK-zBG3kJd0vUJ_OEmh3gQ/viewform Connect on social media! Ken Liu on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kyliu99 Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:27
June 10, 2021
Inside Writing Groups
In season three, episode twelve of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writer Jon Reiner and Brooke McIntyre, founder of InkedVoices. They discuss how to find a writing group that’s right for you, how to figure out if it’s right for you in the first place, and how to build your group for longevity and success. Links from the panelists: · To learn more about Inked Voices events and goings-on, sign up for their monthly newsletter. It's in the site footer at www.inkedvoices.com/ · Inked Voices also offers a webinar series and small group workshops with agents, editors, and other pros. Learn more at: https://www.inkedvoices.com/lecture-series/ and https://www.inkedvoices.com/group/pro_groups/ · Jon’s website: https://www.jonreiner.com/ · Jon’s memoir: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781439192474 Connect on social media! InkedVoices on Twitter: https://twitter.com/InkedVoices Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
01:01:26
June 3, 2021
Inside The Creative Pivot
In season three, episode eleven of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writers Bruce Cherry and Kristin Rockaway. They discuss how to prepare yourself to be a full-time writer (and if you even should), how to find success as a writer with a full-time job, and what obstacles to expect one way or the other. Links from the panelists: Writing Down The Bones, by Natalie Goldberg: https://bookshop.org/books/writing-down-the-bones-freeing-the-writer-within/9781611803082 Kristin Rockaway’s website: http://kristinrockaway.com/ Connect on social media! Kristin’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/KristinRockaway Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
56:20
May 28, 2021
Inside Grants and Fellowships
In season three, episode ten of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writer Justine van der Leun and Jane Marchant, Program Director of Literary Awards at PEN America. They discuss how to prepare yourself to apply for the application process, what judges are looking for in your application, and where to find these opportunities in the first place.   Links from the panelists: PEN America: https://pen.org/ PEN America’s Grants & Fellowships: https://pen.org/literary-awards/grants-fellowships/ Profellow: https://www.profellow.com/ Poets & Writers Database: https://www.pw.org/grants Funds for Writers: https://fundsforwriters.com/ Justine van der Leun’s website: https://www.justinevdl.com/ Jane Marchant’s Website: https://janemarchant.com/  Connect on social media! Justine’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinevdl   Jane’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jane_marchant/ Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
53:23
May 13, 2021
Inside Rejection
In season three, episode nine of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writer Kim Liao and Marissa Korbel, managing editor of The Rumpus. They discuss how to turn rejections into learning opportunities, how not to take it personally, and how to turn those rejections into acceptances. Links from the panelists: Kim Liao’s piece at The Grandmother Project: https://grandmotherproject.net/blog/anna-s-escapes Kim’s piece in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/11/fashion/weddings/wedding-grief-love.html Kim’s piece in Catapult: https://catapult.co/stories/refugees-of-extraordinary-ability-a-mythology The original “Why You Should Aim For 100 Rejections A Year” piece by Kim: https://lithub.com/why-you-should-aim-for-100-rejections-a-year/ The sequel piece: https://lithub.com/what-collecting-100-rejections-taught-me-about-creative-failure/ The Rumpus: https://therumpus.net/ Connect on social media! Kim’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/the_kimlet Marissa’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/likethchampagne Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters​​​​ Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
01:01:47
May 6, 2021
Inside Freelancing
In season three, episode eight of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writers Alanna Schubach and Melissa Petro. They discuss how to find opportunities that are worth your time and effort, what pay to expect as a writer, and how to find where to pitch your pieces in the first place. Links from the panelists: Media Bistro: https://www.mediabistro.com/ Study Hall: https://studyhall.earth/ Pitchwhiz: https://pitchwhiz.com/ Sonia Weiser’s newsletter: https://soniaweiser.wordpress.com/opportunities-of-the-week-newsletter/ Connect on social media! Alanna’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlannaSchubach Melissa’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/melissapetro Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters​​​​ Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
57:37
April 29, 2021
Inside Publishing Advances and Royalties
In season three, episode seven of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with agents JL Stermer and Noah Ballard. They discuss what you can expect from a publishing advance based on various factors, how much the advance determines the success of the book (if at all), and what you and the publisher will do to earn out.    Links from the panelists: Verve Talent and Literary Agency: http://www.vervetla.com/ New Leaf Literary and Media: http://www.newleafliterary.com/   Connect on social media! JL's Insta: https://www.instagram.com/jllitnyc/?hl=en Noah's Twitter: https://twitter.com/NoahBallard Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters​​​ Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
01:01:07
April 23, 2021
Inside BIPOC Writing Resources
In this special episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, guest host Angie Chatman conducts a panel discussion with #BlackStoriesMatter Co-Director and TMI Project Workshop Leader Dara Lurie and writer/actor Twinkle Burke. They discuss what resources exist for BIPOC writers, what the TMI Project is all about, and how to get involved in the movement.  Links mentioned during the show: TMI Project: https://www.tmiproject.org/ The Writer’s Hour: https://writershour.com London Writer's Exchange: https://londonwriterssalon.com/ New Play Exchange: https://newplayexchange.org Sundance Collab: https://collab.sundance.org Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James Loewen: https://bookshop.org/books/lies-my-teacher-told-me-everything-your-american-history-textbook-got-wrong/9781620973929 Writing The Other:https://writingtheother.com/the-book/ Dominique Morisseau: http://dominiquemorisseau.com/ Jeremy O. Harris: https://jeremyoharris.me/ We See You White American Theater: https://www.weseeyouwat.com/ Fade-In Pro: https://www.fadeinpro.com Angie Chatman’s website: https://angiecwriter.com/ Connect on social media! TMI Project Twitter: https://twitter.com/tmiproject Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tmiproject Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tmiproject/ Dara Lurie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/darajoycewriter Twinkle Burke on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/datwinksta/?hl=en Angie Chatman on Twitter: https://twitter.com/angiecwriter Gotham Writers on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters
54:19
April 16, 2021
Inside Writing Conferences and Retreats
In season three, episode six of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writer Tyrese Coleman and writer/editor Dave Housley. They discuss how to find the conference or retreat that's right for you, how to prepare for the event, and what success they've found from attending.   Links mentioned during the show: Poets & Writers database: https://www.pw.org/conferences_and_residencies New Pages database: https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/writing-conferences-events Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections Conference: https://www.writersconnectconference.com/ Barrelhouse Writer Camp Retreat: http://www.writer-camp.com/ Barrelhouse magazine: https://www.barrelhousemag.com/ Gotham Writers Conference: https://www.writingclasses.com/writers-conference/index   Links from the panelists: Tyrese’s website: https://tyresecoleman.com/ Tyrese's books: https://tyresecoleman.com/works-in-progress/ Dave's website: https://housleydave.com/ Dave's books: https://housleydave.com/books   Connect on social media! Tyrese's Twitter: https://twitter.com/tylachelleco Dave's Twitter: https://twitter.com/housleydave Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters​​ Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
59:07
April 15, 2021
Inside Changing Mediums
In season three, episode five of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writers Jeff Zentner and Kara Lee Corthron. They discuss how to write between different mediums, how to find the one that's best for you, and what success really means no matter the medium.   Links mentioned during the show: Save The Cat: https://savethecat.com On Writing: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10569.On_Writing Writing Down The Bones: https://nataliegoldberg.com/books/writing-down-the-bones/ Blank Check podcast: https://soundcloud.com/griffin-and-david-present How Did This Get Made podcast: https://www.earwolf.com/show/how-did-this-get-made/  Links from the panelists: Kara’s books: https://www.karaleecorthron.com/youngadult Kara's plays: https://www.karaleecorthron.com/plays Jeff's books: https://www.jeffzentnerbooks.com/  Connect on social media! Jeff's Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeffzentner Kara's Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaraLeeCorthron Kara's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kara.corthron/ Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
01:01:05
April 8, 2021
Inside Writing Contests
In season three, episode four of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writer Seth Fried and F(r)iction Editor-in-Chief Dani Hedlund. They discuss where to find writing contests, how to know what contests are right for you, and how much you need to know about the judges in order to enter. Links mentioned during the show: NewPages: https://www.newpages.com/ Poets and Writers: https://www.pw.org/grants Links form the panelists: Seth’s book: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/589948/the-municipalists-by-seth-fried/ Seth’s Twitter app, delivering story prompts on-demand: https://twitter.com/AppStorybot Seth’s Podcast: http://sethfried.podbean.com/ F(r)iction’s Contest: https://frictionlit.org/contests/ F(r)iction’s website: https://frictionlit.org/ Brink Literacy Project: https://www.brinklit.org/ F(r)iction's list of contests: https://tetheredbyletters.com/resources/contest-list F(r)iction's Literary Tarot: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brinklit/the-literary-tarot Connect on social media! Seth's Twitter: https://twitter.com/Seth_Fried Dani's Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMHedlund F(r)iction's Twitter: https://twitter.com/FrictionSeries Gotham's Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
59:28
April 1, 2021
Inside Writing vs Life
In season three, episode three of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writers Sarah McColl and Daniel Jose Older. They discuss what writing time really means, how to find the routine that works for you, and the subtle art of writing even when you’re not writing. Links from the panelists: Sarah McColl’s website: https://www.sarahmccoll.com/ Sarah’s memoir, Joy Enough: https://www.sarahmccoll.com/joy-enough Sarah’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahmccoll Sarah’s substack, “Lost Art”: https://sarahmccoll.substack.com/ Daniel Jose Older’s website: http://danieljoseolder.net/ Daniel’s books: http://danieljoseolder.net/books Daniel’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/djolder Daniel's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danieljose1/?hl=en Daniel's TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@danieljoseolder?lang=en Daniel's upcoming book, Ballad & Dagger: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57121666-ballad-dagger Stuff mentioned during the show: Jennifer Egan’s quote: “You can only write regularly if you're willing to write badly” The poem that Daniel mentioned, by Antonio Machado, is found in “Border of a Dream: Selected Poems.” The specific quote mentioned was “Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.” Other important links: Inside Writing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIOByuSHCqP7V9mSsoqU5FojJys2LsvYi Gotham Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters​ Josh Sippie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
59:04
March 25, 2021
Inside Writer's Block
In season three, episode two of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writers Athena Dixon, Amy Alkon, and William Dowd. They discuss the many forms that writer’s block can take, how to fight through it, or if you even should, and how to find the routine that works best for you. Links from the panelists: Athena’s website: https://athenadixon.com/ Athena’s books and publications: https://athenadixon.com/portfolio/ Athena’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/AthenaDDixon Amy’s website: http://www.advicegoddess.com/ag-columns-blog/masterarchives.html Amy’s books: http://www.advicegoddess.com/amys_books/ Amy’s “Science Made Practical” blog on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-made-practical Amy’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/amyalkon Will’s website: https://www.willdowd.net/ Will’s book: https://www.willdowd.net/areasoffog Will's Twitter: www.twitter.com/watershipdowd  Will's Facebook: www.facebook.com/DowdWill Links mentioned in the show: Frank Sinatra has a cold (or the closest thing to it, since it was published in 1966): https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a638/frank-sinatra-has-a-cold-gay-talese/ Will’s article about writer’s block at Writer’s Digest: https://www.writersdigest.com/be-inspired/re-thinking-writers-block Athena’s article about ‘Derek’ at Moving Forewords: http://www.movingforewords.com/the-craft-column/thoughts-on-impostor-syndrome/ Amy’s article at Psychology Today about the indulgence of writer’s block: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-made-practical/201909/there-s-no-such-thing-writer-s-block?amp Other important links: Inside Writing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdv8wWc6DyfPvgzYYB1W7A Gotham Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh Sippie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
52:59
March 19, 2021
Inside Social Media
In season three, episode one of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Malinda Lo and agent/author Eric Smith. They discuss how to get involved in the writing community on social media, how their careers have benefitted from social media, and how to get started, no matter where you are in the writing process. Links mentioned in the show: Malinda Lo's website: https://www.malindalo.com/ Malinda's Fiction books: https://www.malindalo.com/fiction And her nonfiction books: https://www.malindalo.com/nonfiction Malinda's newsletter: https://loandbehold.substack.com/ Malinda's social media accounts: Twitter: https://twitter.com/malindalo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malindalo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/malindalo/ Eric Smith's website: https://www.ericsmithrocks.com/ Eric's books: https://www.ericsmithrocks.com/books-by-me Eric's newsletter: https://tinyletter.com/thesebooksmademecry Eric Smith's social media accounts: Twitter: https://twitter.com/ericsmithrocks Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericsmithrocks And Gotham links: Inside Writing on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRdv8wWc6DyfPvgzYYB1W7A Gotham Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters Josh Sippie's Twitter: https://twitter.com/sippenator101
57:48
March 10, 2021
Inside Cartoons and Comics
In season two, episode thirteen of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with comics editor at The Rumpus Brandon Hicks and writer-illustrator Teresa Wong. They discuss how good of an artist you have to be to make comics, what comes first between words and pictures, and what style means in comics and cartoons. Links mentioned in the show:  Teresa’s website: https://www.byteresawong.com/ We talk at length about Teresa’s comic “This Is Not A Feel Good Movie”: https://believermag.com/this-is-not-a-feel-good-movie/ Her book, Dear Scarlett: The Story of My Postpartum Depression is also discussed: https://arsenalpulp.com/Books/D/Dear-Scarlet And Teresa’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/by_teresawong/ The Rumpus comics: https://therumpus.net/sections/comics/ Brandon Hick’s posts on The Rumpus: https://therumpus.net/author/brandon-hicks/ We talk about his comic “Like A Kid Again”: https://therumpus.net/2020/10/like-a-kid-again/ Brandon’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brandonhickscomics/ Brandon also has a book forthcoming from Humorist Books (https://www.weeklyhumorist.com/books/) called Seven Easy Steps To Go To Hell. Check it out this February! Also, there were some questions asked about Graphic Novels. We did an episode specifically about Graphic Novels in season 1, and that can be found here— YouTube: https://youtu.be/0Rd2NNks57w?list=PLIOByuSHCqP7V9mSsoqU5FojJys2LsvYi Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/4gKWyCCtcny8jMSaJVPgIf?si=CPkl3SE1SSqUpNeAGpA8DQ Anchor: https://anchor.fm/inside-writing/episodes/Inside-Graphic-Novels-eh48k7
01:02:45
January 6, 2021
Inside Satire and Parody
In season two, episode twelve of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Hard Times Bill Conway and writer Meredith Dietz. They discuss what material makes for the best satire, when it's okay to satirize something, and how to be the judge of your own humor. Links mentioned in the show:   The Hard Times: https://thehardtimes.net/  Meredith's website: https://www.meredithdietz.com/  Meredith mentions the Onion Book Of Known Knowledge: https://www.littlebrown.com/titles/the-onion/the-onion-book-of-known-knowledge/9780316133265/  Both panelists mentioned Poking A Dead Frog: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/313460/poking-a-dead-frog-by-mike-sacks/  To submit to The Hard Times:  https://editors.outvoice.com/bill-conway  Connect with the panelists on social!   Meredith's Twitter: https://twitter.com/dietz_meredith Bill's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ihatebillconway/?hl=en  And you can find host Josh Sippie on Twitter as well: https://twitter.com/sippenator101  Gotham Writers Twitter: https://twitter.com/gothamwriters  To sign up for the next episode of Inside Writing: https://www.writingclasses.com/classes/description/inside-writing
01:01:47
December 30, 2020
Inside Short Genre Fiction, Pt. 2
In season two, episode eleven of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with F(r)iction editor Dani Hedlund and writer Robert Repino. They discuss how to create in a boundless universe, how to keep one foot in reality, and what steps to take to get published.   Links mentioned in the show:   F(r)iction Magazine: https://frictionlit.org/   Brink Literacy Project: https://www.brinklit.org/   Robert Repino's website: https://robertrepino.com/   And his books— The War With No Name Series: https://sohopress.com/books/darc-the-war-with-no-name/ Leap High Yahoo: https://www.amazon.com/Leap-High-Yahoo-Kindle-Single-ebook/dp/B00YUZ92QE Spark and the League of Ursus: https://www.quirkbooks.com/book/spark-and-league-ursus#   Robert mentioned a piece by SFWA about world-building: https://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/04/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions/
59:57
December 23, 2020
Inside Flash Nonfiction
In season two, episode ten of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Brevity editor Dinty Moore and writer Alysia Sawchyn. They discuss what experiences make for the best flash nonfiction, what really matters in a work of nonfiction, and where to send it when it's ready.  Links mentioned in the show: Brevity Magazine: https://brevitymag.com/ Brevity's "Where To Publish Flash Nonfiction": https://brevitymag.com/where-to-publish-flash-nonfiction/ The Best Of Brevity: https://rosemetalpress.com/books/the-best-of-brevity/ Alysia Sawchyn's website: https://alysiasawchyn.com/ Alysia mentioned a piece in Brevity about aging, "Some Childhood Dreams Really Do Come True" by Beth Ann Fennelly: https://brevitymag.com/nonfiction/some-childhood-dreams-really-do-come-true/ Alysia mentioned a piece she wrote in Hobart called "Seven Mournings": https://www.hobartpulp.com/web_features/seven-mournings Alysia's book of essay, A Fish Growing Lungs: https://burrowpress.com/product/fish/ Dinty Moore's memoir Between Panic and Desire, which came up a few times in discussion: https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/bison-books/9780803229822/ Alysia mentioned the book Several Short Sentences About Writing, by Verlyn Klinkenborg: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/93789/several-short-sentences-about-writing-by-verlyn-klinkenborg/
01:01:20
December 17, 2020
Inside Short Genre Fiction, Pt. 1
In season two, episode nine of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Apex editor Lesley Conner and writer Lavie Tidhar. They discuss how much thought to put into world-building, what the reader needs to know about the world in the story, and how to sell stories, no matter the genre. Links mentioned in the show: Lavie Tidhar's website: https://lavietidhar.wordpress.com/ Lesley Conner's website: https://www.lesleyconner.com/ Apex Magazine: https://apex-magazine.com/
01:02:15
December 11, 2020
Inside Flash Fiction
In season two, episode eight of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Fractured editor Tommy Dean and writer K-Ming Chang. They discuss how to navigate the limited word count of flash fiction, manipulating the three-act structure, and how to know if what you're writing is any good.   Links mentioned in the show:   From K-Ming, here's a link to her personal website: https://www.kmingchang.com/  She mentioned the story Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, which can be found here: https://lithub.com/black-jesus/  She also recommended a few books: Know the Mother, by Desiree Cooper: https://www.wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/know-mother  House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/27844/the-house-on-mango-street-by-sandra-cisneros/  Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen, by Marilyn Chin: https://www.amazon.com/Revenge-Mooncake-Vixen-Manifesto-Tales/dp/0393331458  From Tommy, here's a link to his personal website: https://tommydeanwriter.com/  And the link to his literary mag, Fractured: https://fracturedlit.submittable.com/ Lastly, Tommy mentioned Literistic: https://home.literistic.com/
01:03:51
December 2, 2020
Inside Personal Essay
In season two, episode seven of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Hobart editor Aaron Burch and writer Nina Boutsikaris. They discuss how to get to the point of an essay, the differences between personal essay and memoir, and how to make your essay better in revision.   Links mentioned in the show:   From Nina, here's a link to her personal website: http://www.ninaboutsikaris.com/  From Aaron, here's a link to his personal website: https://www.aaronburch.net/  as well as links to the two literary magazines he's editor of—  Hobart: https://www.hobartpulp.com/ Hobart After Dark (HAD): https://www.havehashad.com/about-had  Here's the Tim Krieder essay, "Reprieve," Aaron mentioned a couple times: http://thenervousbreakdown.com/tnbnonfiction/2012/09/excerpt-from-we-learn-nothing-by-tim-kreider/   And here's a pretty great interview with him: https://www.apr.org/post/essayist-breaks-free-conventional-relationships-because-i-love-you   Here's Aaron's chainsaw essay I mentioned a couple of times: https://jellyfishreview.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/no-longer-there-by-aaron-burch/   And then some favorite ongoing columns on Hobart: https://www.hobartpulp.com/categories/games-of-my-youth https://www.hobartpulp.com/categories/great-moments-in-cinematic-drinking https://www.hobartpulp.com/categories/no-bull-bourbon-reviews https://www.hobartpulp.com/categories/my-first There were also a lot of questions about what quote from Barry Lopez we kept referring to, so here it is:   “It is, I think, the rarest of leisure to refine one's time of deep thought or light regard into the shape of the personal essay -- a story comprised of found fact, of analyzed emotion, of fictive memory.”
01:02:15
November 26, 2020
Inside Travel Writing
In season two, episode six of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Panorama Editor-in-Chief Amy Gigi Alexander and writer Cullen Thomas. They discuss how to pry the universality from a travel piece, the difference between commercial and literary, and what a good pitch looks like.   Links mentioned in the show:   Panorama: http://www.panoramajournal.org/  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/aug/28/travel-writing-hugh-grant-booksellers  https://matadornetwork.com/notebook/what-ad-execs-should-know-about-travel-writing/
58:52
November 19, 2020
Inside Short Memoir
In season two, episode five of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Barrelhouse assistant editor Lilly Dancyger and writer Kenji Jasper. They discuss how to write memoir that appeals to the masses, how to navigate the emotion attached to memoir, and what the creative process looks like.   For more on Lilly Dancyger's recent memoir: https://bookshop.org/a/1925/9781951631031  For more on Kenji Jasper's referenced memoir: https://www.amazon.com/House-Childress-Street-Memoir/dp/0767916794
59:40
November 11, 2020
Inside Article Writing
In season two, episode four of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Hello Giggles editor Rachel Simon and writer Angie Chatman. They discuss how to write an article with (and without) knowing where to pitch it, what a pitch even looks like, and how to get publications to accept your pitch.
59:09
November 5, 2020
Inside Writing Across Mediums
In this special episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with writers Chuck Wendig and Delilah S. Dawson. They discuss how to set yourself on the path to writing across mediums and genres, what to look for in an agent when considering such a career path, and how to mold your voice to fit the medium.
01:00:18
October 28, 2020
Inside Poetry
In season two, episode three of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Seneca Review editor Geoff Babbitt and writer Kathryn Cowles. They discuss how to find the inspiration for poetry, how a poem begins and ends, and what publishing poetry is all about.
01:00:03
October 22, 2020
Inside Humor
In season two, episode two of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Points in Case editor James Folta and writer Seth Fried. They discuss how to find the comedy in life, how to turn that comedy into publishable works, and finding your audience.
01:00:08
October 14, 2020
Inside Short Fiction
In season two, episode one of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Zoetrope editor Michael Ray and writer Jaime Karnes. They discuss how writers can find literary magazines to submit to, what an idea can turn into, and a short story is all about.
55:55
October 7, 2020
Inside Debut Fiction
In the fourteenth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Zaina Arafat and literary agent Alexa Stark. They discuss what authors can be doing to prepare to query, when the time is right to query, and how to stand out from the crowd.
54:57
September 3, 2020
Inside Historical Fiction
In the thirteenth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Lara Prescott and literary agent Jeff Kleinman. They discuss what historical fiction actually is, how to go about the research, and how to not let the history get in the way of the story.
55:54
August 26, 2020
Inside Children's Fantasy
In the twelfth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Makiia Lucier and literary agent Suzie Townsend. They discuss how to build a fantasy world for young audiences, how complex is too complex, and how to start the story.
59:05
August 19, 2020
Inside Query Letters
In this special episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with agents Noah Ballard and JL Stermer. They discuss the intricacies and components of the query letter by reviewing queries sent in by followers of the show.
56:42
August 13, 2020
Inside Picture Books
In the eleventh episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Susan Verde and literary agent Erica Rand Silverman. They discuss what makes a picture book sell, how to make serious subjects digestible for a young audience, and how the writer and artist relationship works.
01:01:27
August 5, 2020
Inside Commercial Fiction
In the tenth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Roselle Lim and literary agent Jenny Bent. They discuss what separates commercial fiction from literary and upmarket, why that matters, how to discover the perfect comp titles, and the art of a good query.
59:04
July 30, 2020
Inside Graphic Novels
In the ninth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with illustrator/cartoonist Rosemary Valero-O'Connell and literary agent Charlie Olsen. They discuss both Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Cartoons, the differences between the three, what collaboration is all about, how to query an agent (and what with), and the mind of an illustrator.
01:02:46
July 23, 2020
Inside Mystery/Thriller
In the eighth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Megan Collins and literary agent Sharon Pelletier. They discuss both Mystery and Thriller, how important the twist is, what roll dynamic characters play, and what "earning" the reveal really means.
01:02:29
July 17, 2020
Inside Nonfiction
In the seventh episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong and literary agent Noah Ballard. They discuss Nonfiction, from pop culture to narrative nonfiction, what platform means and how to build one, and how to be an expert on a topic.
01:00:60
July 9, 2020
Inside Science Fiction and Fantasy
In the sixth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with author Jennifer Marie Brissett and literary agent DongWon Song. They discuss Science Fiction and Fantasy, the scope of the genres, and what it means to write without boundaries.
57:20
July 2, 2020
Inside Diversity In Publishing
In this special episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Rosalie Morales Kearns conducts a panel discussion with author Kirsten Imani Kasai and literary agent Samantha Fabien. They discuss the status of diversity in the publishing industry, how it has evolved over the years, and what steps are being made to better balance the professional literary world. 
59:20
June 26, 2020
Inside Middle Grade
In the fifth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with Middle Grade author Matthew Cody and literary agent Jim McCarthy. They discuss Middle Grade fiction and what kids are reading these days, how to balance the theme with the rest of the story, and what it means to write truly authentic tales for children. 
58:14
June 25, 2020
Inside Young Adult
In the fourth episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with YA author Lev AC Rosen and literary agent Quressa Robinson. They discuss Young Adult fiction and its ever-expanding presence in the literary world, how theme has evolved in YA, and what you can do to craft standout YA's in such a saturated market. 
59:14
June 18, 2020
Inside Literary Fiction
In the third episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with debut literary author Nancy Wayson Dinan and literary agent Kerry D'Agostino. They discuss literary fiction and its complexity, how the publishing market views literary fiction, and what crafting a perfect query looks like.
01:00:07
June 11, 2020
Inside Horror
In the second episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with three-time Bram Stoker-award winning author Sarah Langan and literary agent Alec Shane. They discuss the journey to publishing horror in the modern literary market, what exactly horror is anymore, and what fear actually means.
55:37
June 4, 2020
Inside Memoir
In the first episode of Gotham Writers' Inside Writing, host Josh Sippie conducts a panel discussion with acclaimed memoirist Joselin Linder and literary agent JL Stermer. They discuss the journey to publishing memoir in the modern literary market place and best practices to make that journey easier.
54:05
May 28, 2020