In this episode, Kurt sits down with our 2018 Writer-in-Residence Emma Carlson-Berne! She has written and published more than 150 books, including Young Adult thrillers, sports fiction, and children’s books. Berne has written several of the American Girl Doll books and some Star Wars books, too. She talks about being a “writer-for-hire” and what it’s like writing stories that publishing companies ask for. Berne gives insight on how to be an adaptable writer and being able to write with different voices. She also dives in to what she wants to accomplish as the 2018
In this episode of Inside the Writer’s Head, Kurt talks with Jim Spaeth. Spaeth is the author of the memoir “Up, Up and Astray” which tells of his adventures in the airline industry during 4 decades of travelling the world. Spaeth worked for an airline during the “Golden Age of Air Travel” in the 1960s and 1970s. He didn’t publish this book, his first one, until he was 77 years old! Spaeth talks about writing a memoir, how he remembered all the stories he told, and gives some self-publishing tips. He also reminisces on
In this episode, Kurt speaks with Young Adult author Natalie Richards. Richards is the author of “Six Months Later” and “One Was Lost.” They talk about what it means to be a “good” writer and how many books Natalie actually wrote before one was good enough to be published (a lot). Natalie also talks about thinking like a writer and how what you’re reading can impact what you write. She discusses her writing process and how it’s a little different than what some might expect. There’s even a little discussion about why writing Buffy
In this episode of Inside the Writer’s Head, Writer-in-Residence Kurt Dinan speaks with Paul Tremblay about his novels and experience as a writer. Tremblay is an author and editor of contemporary horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction. He has written “A Head Full of Ghosts” and “Disappearance at Devil’s Rock.” The podcast focuses on writing, reading, and creativity, and this time: horror. Kurt and Paul discuss writing for the horror fiction genre and its challenges and stigmas. Paul also talks about his personal experience writing scary and suspenseful stories, and what it feels like to
In the latest episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head,” you’ll get to know Lance Rubin and his hilarious Young Adult novel “Denton Little’s Death Date.” The podcast, hosted by the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, focuses on writing, reading, and creativity. Lance discusses how he entered the world of Young Adult Fiction, and the challenges and expectations that come along with writing for that genre. His book is set in a world where everyone knows the date of their death, and follows a teenager, Denton Little, through the hours leading up to his “death
In the latest episode of “Inside the Writer’s Head,” you’ll get to know Jessica Strawser, a local author, and hear about her thriller novel “Almost Missed You.” The podcast, hosted by the Library Foundation’s Writer-In-Residence, Kurt Dinan, focuses on writing, reading, and creativity. Jessica discusses how she meets publishing deadlines while working full time as Editor-In-Chief for Writer’s Digest and raising kids. Her book, “Almost Missed You” is an emotional thriller about a young family with many secrets, and the turmoil that ensues when the husband abducts the child while on a family vacation.
Not everyone can come to the novel writing workshops I’ve been running, so I thought it would be helpful to post the PowerPoints I use during those presentations. Not all of the slides will make sense without my brilliant explanations (hardee, har, har), but I think there are helpful things here for any writer. As always, feel free to email any questions you may have. Workshop 1 – So You’ve Lost Your Mind and Have Decided to Write a Novel Workshop 2 – Plotting vs. Pantsing: How to (Maybe) Outline a Novel Workshop 3
1. Rust forms quickly. Most writers will tell you to write everyday, and it’s good advice. Know why? Because if you don’t, you lose the momentum and the words. I was on a roll with my current novel when I ended up in the hospital. Then I didn’t write for almost eight weeks. When I finally had the energy to get back to my novel, it took me another two weeks of struggling to get back into it because I had to rediscover the narrator’s voice and I even struggled with vocabulary. So if
After Kim and her husband decide to quit their jobs to travel around the world, they’re given a yellow envelope containing a check and instructions to give the money away. The only three rules for the envelope: Don’t overthink it; share your experiences; don’t feel pressured to give it all away. Writer-in-Residence Kurt Dinan interviews his cousin, Kim Dinan, about how her love of travel led to her new book, “The Yellow Envelope.” Subscribe and leave us a review wherever you listen to podcasts.
So long story short–On Sunday, March 26th, was admitted to the hospital with severe abdominal pain. I spent the next week in ICU, came home for a week, went back to the hospital for another bunch of days, came home for a day, then went back in for a quick procedure. To this day, they still don’t know what caused the initial problem. Basically, I’m the worst episode of House ever, an no, it’s not lupus, because “it’s never lupus.” In my forty-five years, I’ve never been sick and never been in the hospital,