Episodes

131: How to Write About Something You Can’t Remember

June 15, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by Andrea Askowitz. Andrea’s story was written as speculative memoir during our writing retreat in Guatemala. And if you are like most people, you have never heard of speculative memoir. Af…

130: I’m Not Scared of Death, But I Can’t Stop Asking This One Question

June 1, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by Kelly Eden who lives in New Zealand. Kelly brought this essay to 2nd Draft, a class we offer on Zoom. (To sign up click here.) Kelly took the feedback she received from the class then po…

129: Maybe We’re All Just Homing Pigeons. Are You Home Yet?

May 18, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by Heidi Walker called Coming Home. The essay is under 800 words and finely detailed to emphasize only what the narrator would like us to focus on. We love this essay not only for its senti…

128: My New Manifesto: A Man Serving a Life Sentence for Murder Changes His Ways.

May 4, 2022

Today on our show we bring you another story by Corey Devon Arthur, an inmate at Otisville Correctional Facility in New York. This story is about the demon he battles in his head, which is literally a voice that tries to tal…

127: Parenting Alone: How Will My Autistic Son Manage Without Me?

April 20, 2022

This episode is about landing an ending. It’s also about raising the bar on what we write about. In this case, storyteller Jennifer Landau writes something new and important about being a mom. She is afraid for what will hap…

126: Will We Ever Understand Each Other if We Don’t Speak the Same Language?

April 6, 2022

Today on our show we’re talking about language. Listener Jamshid Samareh came to the United States from Tehran in 1978. He shares his story, which is about how learning the English language has helped him connect with Americ…

125: Tossing the Shells but Not the Memories.

March 23, 2022

Welcome to Season 13. On today’s episode, you’ll hear a story which is less than 600 words and perfectly told. So much so, that we have chosen to use this story to show how to structure an essay. We’ll go over the 5Cs of a w…

124: The Hate Hate Creates

March 9, 2022

This is the final episode in a 10-part series inspired by the men Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. This series shared stories written by Allison’s former memoir students as well as formerly incarcerat…

123: The Words He Left Behind

Feb. 23, 2022

This is the ninth episode in a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. You will hear new stories her former students wrote after taking her class and stories from other …

122: What Does 44 Years in Prison Look Like?

Feb. 9, 2022

This is the eighth episode in a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. You will hear new stories her former students wrote after taking her class and stories from other…

121: When a Big Mistake Becomes Catastrophic

Jan. 26, 2022

This is the seventh episode in a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. You will hear new stories her former students wrote after taking her class and stories from othe…

120: My Pen Uncovers the Real Me

Jan. 12, 2022

This is the sixth episode in a 10-part series inspired by the memoir students Allison Langer taught in a men’s prison. You will hear new stories her former students wrote after taking her class and stories from other incarce…

119: When Is it Safe to Ignore the Law?

Dec. 29, 2021

This is the fifth episode in a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. You will hear new stories by her former students wrote and stories from other incarcerated or form…

118: Standing at the Prison Gate, I Was Icarus Plummeting to Earth.

Dec. 15, 2021

This is the fourth episode in a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. You will hear new stories her former students wrote after taking her class and stories from other…

117: A Day in the Life of a Prisoner

Dec. 1, 2021

A typical day in prison.

116: How Do You Fulfill a Promise When You’re Stuck in Prison?

Nov. 17, 2021

This is the second episode in a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. You will hear stories her former students wrote after taking her class and stories from other inc…

115: What I Learned from Men in Prison

Nov. 3, 2021

Welcome to Season 12. Today, we’re starting a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison Langer taught memoir writing, in a men’s prison. We put a call out for stories, so you will hear stories her students have written r…

114: Sometimes It's Better Said in a Song.

Oct. 20, 2021

Amber Petty tells her story about how she's her best self when singing karaoke.

113: I Was the Real Life's Queen's Gambit

Oct. 6, 2021

How to frame an essay for publication.

112: Voice Isn't Everything, Is It?

Sept. 22, 2021

Today on our show, we’re talking about voice in a new way. We always say, write like you speak. That’s one of the most important writing tenets, because if you write like you speak, you’re writing in the most truthful way. I…

111: It’s a Matter of Time

Sept. 8, 2021

Today on our show, we are featuring an essay by former student Sharon Rothberg. Sharon uses a philosophical concept to work out her feelings about the death of her daughter-in-law.  Sharon's use of time and all lingo related…

110: How to Write About Death: Use an Obsession. Episode 79 revisited.

Aug. 25, 2021

For the month of August, 2021, we’re bringing back four of our listeners’ favorite episodes. Writing Class Radio brings you personal stories and tips on how to write your own stories.  Today on our show, we take a look at b…

109: Show and Tell. Episode 47 revisited.

Aug. 18, 2021

For the month of August, 2021, we’re bringing back four of our listeners’ favorite episodes. Writing Class Radio brings you personal stories and tips on how to write your own stories.  In this episode, we examine the popula…

108: How to Write Your Story with Joyce Maynard. Episode 30 revisited.

Aug. 11, 2021

For the month of August, 2021, we’re bringing back four of our listeners’ favorite episodes. Writing Class Radio brings you personal stories and tips on how to write your own stories.  The format for this episode is a littl…