Episodes

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…

107: Can You Hear Me if I Can’t Hear You? Episode 29 Revisited

Aug. 4, 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.  Allison Langer loves the process of wo…

106: How Do You Know if Your Story Sucks?

July 28, 2021

How to get a story published, even if the topic is written about often.

S E105: Teach Us Something We Don't Know

July 14, 2021

This episode is about teaching the reader/listener something they don’t know anything about. Teaching can be done in two ways. One, by taking the reader into a world foreign to most people and two, by relaying information th…

Sleep Left Me for a Younger Woman

June 30, 2021

This episode is about commitment. Not commitment to love, exactly, but commitment to a concept. Listener Lucie Frost writes a satirical essay where sleep is her lover. She never slips from the concept. Humor writing requires…

Is it Ok to Write the Same Story Over and Over?

June 16, 2021

On this episode, we bring you a story that the narrator has returned to and will probably return to all her life. Everyone has their themes and it’s okay to return to them at different points in our lives. Trigger warning… …

A Boyhood Brush With Breast Cancer

June 2, 2021

On this episode, we bring you a story that is not one you hear too often but addresses a very serious situation: breast cancer in men. Kevin Wood shares his essay, A Boyhood Brush with Breast Cancer. This essay was previousl…

I Own Seven Vibrators and I Still Worry About What to Say at a Cocktail Party

May 19, 2021

This episode is about writing like you speak, which is the best way to tell a true, authentic story. Andrea and Allison discuss why bringing your voice into a written essay makes the story so much better.  You will hear a…

Happy F*ing Mother's Day

May 5, 2021

This episode features an extreme mother story by Diana Kupershmit who is honest and vulnerable. Diana tells the truth about a very tough decision she and her husband made when their daughter Emma was born with a severe disab…

Why Did the Prison Series Get Canceled?

April 14, 2021

Welcome to Season 11. If you’re new to Writing Class Radio, season 11 was going to be a little different. We started a 10-part series inspired by the people Allison met teaching memoir writing in prison. But last week, Allis…

How to Hit Your Editors in the Heart

March 3, 2021

This episode is about secrets, a mom/daughter relationship, and donor-conception, a subject that hit both Andrea and Allison in the heart. When Amanda Serenyi’s friend gets pregnant using donor sperm, Amanda freaks out becau…

What Did it Take to Finally Get Published?

Feb. 17, 2021

Get out of your own way and submit your stories already.