Episodes

143: Cutting Needless Words

Nov. 30, 2022

Today on our show, we’re sharing another story by Corey Devon Arthur. Corey’s stories have been aired on Episode 120: My Pen Uncovers the Real Me and Episode 128: My New Manifesto. Corey Devon Arthur has served 25 years on a…

142: Beginnings and Endings

Nov. 16, 2022

Today on our show, we’re talking about beginnings and endings. What is an effective way to begin a story and a satisfying way to end? The story we bring you on this episode is an amazing example of how to start with appropri…

141: Where Does Your Mind Go When You're Given a Writing Prompt?

Nov. 2, 2022

Today on our show, we bring you a story by one of Allison’s 7th grade students. She spent two months teaching English to 7th and 8th graders at a private school in Miami, and because she’s her, she assigned personal essay af…

140: One Man's Abortion Story

Oct. 19, 2022

Today on our show, we bring you the story we’ve been searching for since June 24, 2022 when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade. We put a call out for men’s abortion stories and waited months.

139: This Is What Mania Looks Like

Oct. 5, 2022

Today’s episode showcases a story by student Danielle Huggins. Danielle’s story shows what happened when she got off her medication for bipolar disorder. This story is the best example of show and tell EVER! We ask you, why …

138: There Is Always More to the Story

Sept. 21, 2022

Today’s episode revisits the subject of abortion but is about much more. We put a call-out for men’s abortion stories and received several abortion stories by women and very few (only three) by men. We are grateful to the me…

137: How to Fight with Your Co-Host and Win a Writing Contest

Sept. 7, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by our own Allison Langer. Her essay is called Writing Class Helped Me Break Down My Fascade. You will hear about the fight hosts Allison and Andrea had that prompted this episode. We’ll ta…

136: What Makes You Weird in the World?

Aug. 24, 2022

Today on our show, author and overall cool woman, Allison Landa reads an excerpt from her new memoir coming out October 4, 2022 called Bearded Lady (Woodhall Press). Pre-order today from our favorite Indy, Books & Books, or …

135: In Praise of Complaining

Aug. 10, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by Cheryl E. Klein, author of the soon to be released memoir Crybaby. Cheryl takes an unusual subject, complaining, and makes a case for it. She even goes so far as to say complaining is no…

134: #MedicalGaslighting: Writing as a Service

July 27, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by Pamela McBride, a student in our First Draft and Second Draft writing group about her near fatal experience being dismissed by her doctor. This story is far too common for Black women an…

133: Nobody Dreams of Getting Divorced

July 13, 2022

Today on our show we share a story by Sally Schwartz called Divorce Shiva. Sally’s story reveals the importance of ritual in helping us go through love and loss. On the day of her divorce, instead of crying at home alone, he…

132: Here’s My Abortion Story. Men, Tell Us Yours.

June 29, 2022

On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Today we bring you a personal essay that includes an abortion story, in hopes that it will prompt men to tell their abortion stories. The story was co-written by Andrea A…

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…