#93 Amy Vickers, An Autistic Writer on Beautiful Flaws
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by Rachel Thompson
5d ago
Welcome to my next conversation in this run of episodes on writing with disabilities and limitations. In this episode, I sit down with Amy Yuki Vickers, a new writer in our community and a recent alum of my Lit Mag Love course. Amy is the author of the blog and newsletter The Intentional Hulk, writes short stories and personal essays, and is at work on a memoir. And, as she says in her bio, because she’s autistic, she see-saws between intense occupation and recovery. This is just one subject we discuss in our conversation. She shares her experiences as a writer and how she has set up her wri ..read more
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#79 [Replay] Three Lessons on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Your Writing
Write, Publish, and Shine
by Rachel Thompson
3w ago
The Write, Publish, Shine Intensive, which brings together my three courses: Write and Light, a course to get writers generating new, more profound work; Revision Love, my course on learning to self-edit your writing; and Lit Mag Love, my flagship course on getting published in literary journals. All of the resources mentioned in the episode are in the show notes at rachelthompson.co/podcast/79 Learn more and sign up for the Write, Publish, Shine Intensive at rachelthompson.co/intensive Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information ..read more
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#90 Accessibility for Writers with Disabilities and Limitations
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by Rachel Thompson
1M ago
In this episode, I sit down with our Community Facilitator, Meli Walker, to discuss what we do to make our online course community more accessible to writers with disabilities and limitations. This episode marks the beginning of a run of episodes focusing on writing with limitations/disability. Coming up, you’ll hear me talk with writers with various challenges about what they need to write, how they get their needs met, and what it’s like to write when you have barriers in your own body’s ability and barriers that exist in our writing community. My hope is that this series helps writers fin ..read more
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#49 [Replay] Augur Magazine co-Editor-in-Chief Terese Mason Pierre—Nothing Has to Happen
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by Rachel Thompson
1M ago
“Nothing has to happen in the story. There doesn't need to be explosions or big shocking twists. It's just enough to have well-developed characters and a beautiful world.” —Terese Mason Pierre, Augur Terese Mason Pierre is co-Editor-in-Chief of Augur, a Canadian speculative literature journal, and has published work in Hobart, The Puritan, Quill and Quire, and Strange Horizons. Her work has been nominated for the Rhysling Award and Best of the Net. She talks about how Canadian literature in general is just a little bit softer than other kinds of literature, and how she brings forward the car ..read more
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#89 Start With a Meaningful Moment—Flash Memoir with Writer Lina Lau
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by Rachel Thompson
1M ago
Lina Lau, writer, mother, and owner of too many notebooks, has published short memoir in X-R-A-Y, Prairie Fire, Hippocampus (where she is now a reader as well), Carte Blanch, and Little Fiction/Big Truths. We talk about how flash memoir writing captures a moment, how Lina reads a 100-word story and brings us into the experience of writing it, and also about the characteristics required of memoirists. Flash memoir A Five-Day Mini Course in Short Creative Nonfiction FREE this month! rachelthompson.co/flash Show notes for this episode are up at rachelthompson.co/89 Hosted on Acast. See acast ..read more
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#78 [Replay] Writing About Social Issues with Author Kavita Das
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by Rachel Thompson
1M ago
All craft is political. It’s how we, as writers, resist injustices and dream up better worlds. So, listen to this conversation with the brilliant Kavita Das, and then take up your pen. Kavita Das really takes us on an intentional journey with her deep knowledge of social justice work. She challenges us to unpack our motivations for writing about an issue and to understand that “writing, irrespective of genre or outlet, is an act of political writing,” regardless of intention. Craft and Conscience: How to Write About Social Issues by Kavita Das, was published by Beacon Press in 2022. You can ..read more
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#59 [Replay] The Gettysburg Review with Mark Drew on Reflecting on the Time You're In
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by Rachel Thompson
2M ago
During the Lit Mag Love course, writers can join Q&A calls with editors. In this replay episode, you will hear one such call with Mark Drew of the Gettysburg Review. Note that this call happened in the first year of the pandemic, so you’ll get an editor’s perspective on the kind of reflection missing from most writing during an intense moment—at least for this journal. You’ll also hear about the kinds of work Gettysburg accepts, the qualities of the work they look for, and the editorial experience you’ll get, should you place work with them. The Lit Mag Love course will help you get a bi ..read more
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#67 [Replay] Empathy for You and Your Reader with Lyric Writer, Christina Brobby
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by Rachel Thompson
2M ago
In this episode, it’s my pleasure to welcome Christina Brobby, a wonderful lyric writer and instructor, to the podcast. We start by getting into what exactly lyric writing is, if you’re wondering, so that will be cleared up right away. Christina also delves into how the “filter is the form” as she wonderfully sums it up. Listen for more of our exploration of empathy for writers. And Christina also kindly and insightfully brings in the necessity of practising empathy with yourself as a writer. And listen for ways she’s used the form to explore the impact our surroundings have on us, to see wor ..read more
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88 // Writerly Book Club: All About “On Connection” by Kae Tempest
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by Rachel Thompson
3M ago
Memoirist Yolande House sits down with me for a book club conversation about Kae Tempest’s On Connection. It was a real pleasure to read this book alongside her and compare notes. And I hope those of you reading alongside us in our book club enjoy it. About On Connection: This is a book about connection. About how immersing ourselves in creativity can help us cultivate greater self-awareness and bring us closer to each other. After we discuss the book, stick around as Yolande House also shares highlights from her disability reading list. All of the notes for this episode are up at racheltho ..read more
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#87 Grief is a Ghost with Poet and Artists Sarah Esmi (Ghosts #8)
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by Rachel Thompson
3M ago
This is the final episode in my series of special episodes of Write, Publish, and Shine that take a deep dive into the creation of Room magazine issue 46.3, where I was lead editor of the issue. Today it’s my delight to speak to another artist whose work we accepted for inside the issue. Sarah Esmi (she/her) is an Iranian-American mother, writer, collage artist, producer, director and lawyer. She told me about her collage practice and how the artistic interpretation of her visual work differs from her poetry. I loved her art so much, and to learn more about what went into the piece we publi ..read more
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