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Brendan O'Meara is an author and journalist. The Creative Nonfiction Podcast is a weekly podcast that showcases leaders in narrative journalism, essay, memoir, documentary film, and radio. Brendan teases out the origins, habits, routines, and tactics these masters—Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers—use so that listeners can apply those tools to their own work.
 
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Ashley Molesso and Chess Needham (@ashandchess) are here to talk about their incredible and beautiful book The Gay Agenda: A Modern Queer History and Handbook (Morrow Gift, 2020) as well their stationery business that pushes art into the political realm. This show is sponsored by Scrivener, creative by writers for writers. Use the coupon code NONFI…
 
Elisa Gabbert (@egabbert) returns to talk about her new book The Unreality of Memory (FSG, 2020), as well has her poetry and how it ties into her prose. You'll also hear the five books for her Bookshelf for the Apocalypse and much, much more. This episode is supported by Scrivener, made by writers, for writers. Enter the promo code NONFICTION at ch…
 
Matt Hongoltz-Hetling is a freelance writer and author of A Libertarian Walks into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears). It is published by Public Affairs. Support the show by supporting our flagship sponsor! Scrivener was made by writers for writers. Enter NONFICTION at checkout to receive a 20% discount. Follow t…
 
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the Scribd original "Letter to My Rage," as well as the memoir The Chronology of Water, the novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, and the collection Verge. This episode was made possible by Scrivener. Enter the coupon code NONFICTION at checkout for 20% of the regular package for macOS and Window…
 
In this all-star break edition, the top ten downloaded interviews of the year and I read from a work-in-progress titled "Raph, the Space Cadet." This episode was made possible by Scrivener, by writers, for writers. And if you enter the coupon code NONFICTION at checkout, you'll get 20% the regular versions of Scrivener for macOS and Windows.…
 
"It's a whole new world. I remember I was reporting for the Stephen Miller book, I went to Trump's first reelection rally in Orlando. And it was the first time that I had ever been in a place where I felt reluctant and kind of scared to tell people that I was a journalist. I wasn't there undercover. I was there to interview people. It made me nervo…
 
"Great, so you're at the point in the writing process where you hate all your work. We all do that," says Rose Andersen, @roseandersen. This episode is sponsored by Scrivener, by writers for writers and Casualty of Words, a writing podcast for people in a hurry. Keep the conversation going on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, @CNFPod. See you there…
 
Stephanie Gorton, author of Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine that Rewrote America, talks about the sacrifice of writing a book, reading fiction and nonfiction, and what it was like midwifing other people's books into the world before writing her own. This episode is sponsored by Scrivener, made by writers for writers, …
 
"That was always my understanding that if you want to be a freelance journalist, you're probably going to have to do a lot of things that you don't want to do. So it creates time space, resources for you to dig into the things that you want to do," says Wudan Yan, @wudanyan on Twitter. This episode is sponsored by Scrivener, created by writers, for…
 
In this episode we talk to the owner of one of Dún Laoghaire's very unique small businesses - The Pen Place - at the top of the Dún Laoghaire shopping centre. Brendan Kerrigan runs a mecca for lovers of great pens and great inks in a tiny space sought out by everyone from rockstars to High Court judges. The business has survived the retail crisis t…
 
"I wrote a column on my 30th birthday saying things I'd like ,by the time I was 40, was write one good book," says Roy Peter Clark. I'd say he did. Try about a dozen with Writing Tools and Murder Your Darlings being two that you know and love. He's @roypeterclark on Twitter. Follow the show @CNFPod. Let's give a big CNFin' welcome to Scrivener for …
 
Neal Bascomb, the best-selling author, joins us to talk about Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), joins us to talk about the book, the essay he wrote as a kid that sent him on this path, and the myriad failed novels that put him on the nonfiction track. Keep the…
 
Peter Brown Hoffmeister makes his return to the podcast. He talks about role models, internal drive, self-control, regret in memoir, and he even reads a poem at the end. Keep the conversation going on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, all @CNFPod.By Brendan O'Meara
 
"I tried to write fiction and other things and it just kept being there and wanting to be written about," says Emma Copley Eisenberg about her nonfiction book, The Third Rainbow Girl. In this show we talk about her soiree into journalism world, the many false starts her book took, and pushing the boundaries in creative nonfiction. Follow her on Twi…
 
Ruby McConnell (@rubygonewild) is the author of Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life (Overcup Press). We talk about the rigor and discipline of dance and how that prepared her for writing, why geology is a great "writer's science," and so much more. Follow the show @CNFPod across all the socials and head over to brendanomeara.com for show no…
 
Keith Law (@keithlaw) is a writer for The Athletic and the author of Inside Game (William Morrow). Be sure to follow the show @CNFPod on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Head over to brendanomeara.com for show notes and to sign up for the monthly newsletter. Once a month. No spam. Can't beat it.By Brendan O'Meara
 
Rani Shah is the author of Wisdom from a Humble Jellyfish: And Other Self-Care Rituals from Nature (Dey St.) In this episode we dig into the sacrifices you need to create, balancing day jobs and art, imposter syndrome, growth mindsets, blue high heels, and dude hats. Be sure you're subscribed wherever you get your podcast. Get show notes and the mo…
 
"I knew right away I would be writing about my mom's death. I knew that immediately," says Eva Holland, author of Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear (The Experiment, 2020). Eva Holland is a freelancer features writer whose work has appeared Outside, Wired and Best American Science and Nature Writing, to name a few. You can follow her @evaholl…
 
Paul Lisicky, author of Later: My Life at the Edge of the World (Graywolf Press, 2020), talks about his latest book. Big thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing and to HippoCamp 2020 for the support. Head over to brendanomeara.com for show notes and to sign up for the monthly newsletter.…
 
Alexander Norman, author of The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020), joins me to talk about his new book and how he has struggled to find his voice as a writer. Thanks to Bay Path University, HippoCamp2020, and my monthly newsletter for the support.By Brendan O'Meara
 
The author Adrienne Brodeur is here to talk about her memoir Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me (HMH, 2019) Thanks to our sponsors in Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. Thanks also to HippoCamp 2020. Use the promo code CNFPOD2020 to receive $40 off your registration! And, of course, my monthly newsletter.…
 
Damon Brown is the author of Bring Your Worth and he joins me to talk about that, creativity, and a whole lot more. Thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing for the support. Be sure to sign up for the my monthly newsletter.By Brendan O'Meara
 
Tim O'Brien, author of Dad's Maybe Book, talks all things writing, reading and turning a maybe something into an actual something. Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing made this show possible. As did my monthly newsletter. Go get it.By Brendan O'Meara
 
Hey, CNFers! It's Kristina Gaddy, author of Flowers in the Gutter. This episode is sponsored by Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. It's also sponsored by my monthly newsletters. Reading recommendations, riffs, and what you might have missed from the world of the podcast. First of the month. No spam. Can't beat it.…
 
Jake Gronsky, author of A Short Season and a Best American Sports Writing 2019 Notable Selection joins me to talk about writing and always having that apprentice mindset. This episode is sponsored by Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. It's also sponsored by my monthly newsletter. Sign up at brendanomeara.com.…
 
Amy Fish, author of I Wanted Fries With That, joins me to talk about her writing and coming to the genre later in life. Thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing for the support. This podcast is also brought to you by my monthly newsletter. Head to brendanomeara.com to sign up. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, man.…
 
John O'Connor talks about his "True Story" piece "Everything Gets Worse" and how every story needs a donkey. Thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing for the support. Keep the conversation going on Twitter and Instagram @CNFPod and find show notes at brendanomeara.comBy Brendan O'Meara
 
Steven Moore is here to talk about his memoir The Longer We Were There: A Memoir of a Part-Time Soldier (University of George Press, 2019). Thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction for the support. Link up to the show on Twitter and Instagram @cnfpod.By Brendan O'Meara
 
"I'm still trying to figure out why the greats are great," says Kevin Robbins, @kdrobbins on Twitter. Kevin Robbins returns to the show to talk about The Last Stand of Payne Stewart. Thanks to Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction for the support.By Brendan O'Meara
 
"Writing is not a competitive sport," says Cassandra King Conroy, author of Tell Me a Story, her memoir of her time with Pat Conroy. This show is made possible by Bay Path University's MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing. Follow the show on Twitter @CNFPod. I hope you dig it. Party on, CNFers!By Brendan O'Meara
 
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