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In My Town:
Where We Find the Words

In My Town: Where We Find the Words

By Suzanne Phillips
Join me twice a month for a glimpse into My Town–full of characters and conflicts, some of which make it from free write to final draft.
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In My Town: Where We Find the Words

"I've Got You Babe"
Culling from past experiences and current events to add texture to setting.
August 12, 2020
"Fly Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee"
We use personal experiences as well as current events to fuel our stories. And sometimes, we reach back through history for a pivotal moment that shapes our plots or characters. 
July 16, 2020
"Introducing. . .the Beatles"
The Beatles first American album was delayed, buried under a pile of other, more profitable albums. Fiction Element: Exposition.
July 04, 2020
No Neutrality
This week's episode is a reflection of our current times, of unrest and protest, and a personal experience brushing up against racism--and how it surfaces in our writing.
June 19, 2020
In My Town: an excerpt from The Book of Isaac
Prologue, stream of consciousness, and flashback are elements of fiction discussed in this podcast.
June 05, 2020
Chasing the Word from In My Town with Emery Hayes
"My Neighbor Hates My Mower"
May 21, 2020
He's a Character
In My Town with Emery Hayes, "He's a Character," explores the development of character in fiction.
May 08, 2020
No Shoes. No Shirt. No Problem.
How some novels begin. Setting as a starting point. The influence of attitude.
April 24, 2020
In My Town with Emery Hayes, Podcast #3
The author expresses gratitude for several members of her town during this pandemic and shares from the free write,  "Painted Ladies." All material herein under copyright.
April 10, 2020
In My Town with Emery Hayes, Episode 2
While Tina struggles to push through loss and embrace new beginnings the author acknowledges that this edition of her podcast series is influenced by the current, tragic events of the coronavirus pandemic. We are in this together. The second in the twice-monthly podcast series, In My Town with Emery Hayes.
March 26, 2020
In My Town with Emery Hayes, Episode 1
The author reflects on a brief encounter and reveals how some details find their way into fiction. Hayes offers insights into the writing process.
March 13, 2020