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May 31, 2021 @ 12:01 am

Episode 99: Writing nonfiction with Emily Midorikawa

This week, we're delighted to have Emily Midorikawa back with us to discuss her new book, Out of the Shadows: Six Visionary Victorian Women in Search of a Public Voice, out now in both North America and the U.K, as well as her research process, the gift of libraries and librarians, parenthood, writing partners, and how she's worked during the pandemic.

Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Her journalism has been published in, among others, the Daily Telegraph, the Paris Review, The Times (of London) andthe Washington Post. She teaches on the writing programme at New York University London. Emily is also the coauthor of A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontё, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf, written with Emma Claire Sweeney, and published in 2017. She also collaborated with Emma on the long-running and excellent blog about female literary friendship, Something Rhymed.

For more with Emily, you can listen to our previous interview with her writing partner Emma Claire Sweeney from May 2019, and of course find her online at emilymidorikawa.com, on Twitter @emilymidorikawa, and on Instagram @midorikawaemily.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.
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May 17, 2021 @ 12:01 am

Episode 98: Judith Warner on middle-grade, and on handling perfectionism in writing

When we booked author Judith Warner on the show, we had a lot of questions for her about what writers (especially kid, YA and middle-grade fiction writers) need to know about middle-school friendship, and how that period affects the rest of our lives and our friendships. Judith's new book, And Then They Stopped Talking to Me: Making Sense of Middle School, touches on the important role that this middle-grade period has in all our lives and our friendships.

Judith talks brilliantly and clearly on that topic, but we go so much wider and deeper in this interview. She talks about how she manages her perfectionism, and when it spirals into a form of OCD. It's a struggle a lot of writers deal with, and we appreciated having this open discussion.

If you've struggled with any of these things we discuss, please do get in touch with us - either through our website, on our Instagram or elsewhere.

 

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.
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May 3, 2021 @ 12:05 am

Episode 97: How We Revise

Today, we have a short episode walking through our revision processes. As usual, this isn't prescriptive -- do things your way if they work, and you're not doing it wrong. But listen on if you are curious about what's been working for us!

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.

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April 19, 2021 @ 12:01 am

Episode 96: How Yang Huang writes deep stories

Interviewing Yang Huang, a fiction writer and computer engineer, was a real delight. We had a chance to read her forthcoming novel, The Good Son, before this interview, and we loved the way her complex characters drove a surprising and satisfying story.

We definitely recommend it - it's out May 27, 2021!

Yang has incredible advice about everything from characters to research. 

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

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March 15, 2021 @ 12:00 am

Episode 95: How It Started and How It’s Going

We're here this week with a quick update, as well as an announcement of a fun new experiment! Listen for details, and join us by subscribing to our newsletter.

We also chat about the things we've learned in the last few years of developing solid writing practices, as well as where we're headed.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

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February 1, 2021 @ 12:01 am

Episode 94: Elizabeth Wetmore on following your own path

We are so excited to talk to Elizabeth Wetmore today, the author of the novel Valentine, which we loved. We also love her story about working on a book as long as it needs, and how she's balanced many jobs while believing in her writing all along, even when she's been, in her own words, "late to the game in every possible way." So this episode features a fantastic practical discussion about making all of that work, from being led by your love for characters and place to asking for help.

We also discuss the responsibility she felt in writing a diverse cast of characters in a West Texas setting, how she got the place right, and about writing about a place you deliberately left.

Before devoting herself to writing, Elizabeth variously tended bar, taught English, drove a cab, edited psychology dissertations, and painted silos and cooling towers at a petrochemical plant. For a time, she lived in a one-room cabin in the woods outside of Flagstaff, Arizona while she worked as a classical music announcer. A native of West Texas, she is most at home in the desert, near the sea, or on the side of a mountain. She now lives in Chicago.

She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and two fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and numerous other residencies and awards. 

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.

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Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

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December 7, 2020 @ 12:01 am

Episode 93: What is even happening?

This week, we're checking in with each other. We talk about how we're managing pandemic life and writing, and share revision woes, moving stories, #firstnovelneverdies, and things that are getting us through each day.

We'd love to hear from you; what is helping you, and what do you miss the most right now?

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.
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November 16, 2020 @ 12:02 am

Episode 92: Tiffany Yates Martin on editing intuitively

In today’s episode, we talk to Tiffany Yates Martin, the author of the new book, Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. This book, which we got to preview before the interview, gives a comprehensive and accessible guide for writers on how to edit their own work.

Tiffany also writes fiction under her pen name Phoebe Fox, and the most recent of her five novels is A Little Bit of Grace, released in August 2020.

You can find her on her website, Fox Print Editorial: https://foxprinteditorial.com/, under her own name on Medium (https://tiffanyyatesmartin.medium.com/), and under Fox Print Editorial on Twitter (@FoxPrintEd) and Facebook (@FoxPrintEditorial).

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.

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Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

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October 26, 2020 @ 12:00 am

Episode 91: Shikha Malaviya and Soniah Kamal

In today’s episode, we bring you a conversation with writers and close friends, Shikha Malaviya and Soniah Kamal. Together, they talk about their how they went from strangers to close friends almost in the timespan of one phone conversation, how they help each other as writing partners, and how they embrace their intersecting identities to form communities of writers and readers.

As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Visit our website, marginallypodcast.com, for complete show notes and to get in touch.

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast.

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October 12, 2020 @ 12:01 am

Episode 90:Nina LaCour on why writing slowly is okay

Today we are so excited to have Nina LaCour on our show. We have been HUGE fans of Nina’s for a long time. Nina is the bestselling and Michael L. Printz Award-winning author of five critically acclaimed young adult novels published by Dutton Books. Her latest book is called Watch Over Me, a spooky atmospheric but also kind and warm book that we both devoured recently and loved.

We have a wide-ranging discussion on her literary friendships and collaborations, building communities, how she balances many projects, and also her latest book.

You can find her on her website at ninalacour.com, at her podcast Keeping A Notebook, her course The Slow Novel Lab, or her newsletter Letters from Nina. She's @nina_lacour on Instagram, and also on @theslownovellab for her course. 

Enjoy! 

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As always, we'd love for you to take a minute to rate and review us in your podcast app, as this helps other listeners find the show. 

Find us on Instagram @marginallypodcast. Meghan's occasionally on Twitter @meghanembee, and Olivia’s @roamingolivia

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Have a question you'd like us to try to answer, or a topic you'd love to have us cover? Interested in being a guest? Contact us here.  Thanks for listening, and get to work!

If you like Marginally, you should check out #amwriting, with Jess and KJ, where two much more experienced writers talk through their processes with each other and celebrated guests.

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