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After banging his head against the literary wall on various projects for years, aspiring novelist and screenwriter Ben Hess was desperate for advice and guidance. Leveraging over a decade of video production, filmmaking, and storytelling, he turned off his camera, turned up the mic, and started asking award winning writers their perspective on the craft and community of writing. Welcome to Story Geometry.

After banging his head against the literary wall on various projects for years, aspiring novelist and screenwriter Ben Hess was desperate for advice and guidance. Leveraging over a decade of video production, filmmaking, and storytelling, he turned off his camera, turned up the mic, and started asking award winning writers their perspective on the craft and community of writing. Welcome to Story Geometry.
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Los Angeles, CA

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After banging his head against the literary wall on various projects for years, aspiring novelist and screenwriter Ben Hess was desperate for advice and guidance. Leveraging over a decade of video production, filmmaking, and storytelling, he turned off his camera, turned up the mic, and started asking award winning writers their perspective on the craft and community of writing. Welcome to Story Geometry.

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English


Episodes

S2 Ep17: Workshop Diaries

1/3/2017
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Hear two first hand accounts of navigating the wilds of a writing conference in Northern California. Writers include Brittany Erickson Tuttle and Tony Pandola along with insights from award-winning novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III.

Duration:00:28:36

S2 Ep16: The 80s, Espionage, & Editing

10/15/2016
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Meet 90 year old debut author Lillian McCloy, who was stationed in six countries while raising three kids as the wife of a CIA undercover agent. Host Ben Hess gets to explore the real experiences of this spy family, well beyond the detective fiction of his youth. He also compares the editing of her memoir with the experiences professional editor Jay Schaefer had working on Under the Tuscan Sun and creating a short fiction magazine in the 1980s.

Duration:00:26:07

S2 Ep15: Page to Screen

9/12/2016
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Take a deep dive into the film adaptation process with National Book Award finalist Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog), Willa Award winning novelist BK Loren (Theft), award winning screenwriter Jonathon E. Stewart, and fiction author, teacher, and screenwriter Alan Heathcock (VOLT: stories ).

Duration:00:33:22

S2 Ep14: On the Move

8/9/2016
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Between 35 and 40 million Americans - that’s 11% to 14% of the population - move every year according to the US Census Bureau and real estate metrics site HomeData. Episode 14 features two chapters and spotlights authors at very different stages of their writing journey, Pulitzer Finalist in Nonfiction Luis Alberto Urrea (The Devil’s Highway: A True Story, Into the Beautiful North, The Hummingbird’s Daughter) and blogger Gretchen Howell. They shared several stories of impactful moves, and...

Duration:00:25:54

S2 Ep13: Sexuality in Lit

7/6/2016
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This episode, Sexuality in Lit, features three writers - Mark Doty, Fenton Johnson, and Amber Keyser - who have incorporated sex and sexuality into their work in very different ways. Chapter 1, Tina’s Transformative Performance, gives a first person account of a live concert in the late 60’s. Chapter Two, Mom’s Sex Book, dissects the challenges of writing about sex while raising kids, and Chapter Three, Shifting Identity, examines our changing cultural landscape around the LGBTQ community.

Duration:00:27:30

S2 Ep12: Three Beginnings

6/1/2016
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Aspiring novelist Ben Hess is fascinated with beginning of stories and novels. So much is riding on just a few words, and this opening passage can make or break a literary success. Award winning teachers and writers Craig Childs, BK Loren, and Luis Alberto Urrea sit down with Ben to discuss their approach and to read a favorite beginning of their own work.

Duration:00:21:35

S2 Ep11: Language for the Ineffable

4/25/2016
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Three nationally renowned writers - Mark Doty, Greg Glazner, and Lidia Yuknavitch - plumb the depths of language when writing about ineffable topics like spirit, sex, beauty, and death. This excerpted live panel is a thought-provoking exploration of the craft, and the episode ends with Pulitzer finalist Luis Alberto Urrea talking politics and literature.

Duration:00:29:49

S2 Ep10: What's Your Scaffolding?

3/28/2016
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Host Ben Hess explores literary structure with later-in-life debut novelist Elizabeth Marro, award-winning writer and professor Josh Weil, and adds in a few tidbits from partner Writing by Writers co-founder, Pam Houston.

Duration:00:20:35

S2 Ep9: Initiative vs Destiny

3/1/2016
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Award-winning writer and teacher Fenton Johnson and literary non-profit co-founder Karen Nelson discuss pivotal moments in their literary lives, shaped by either initiative, destiny, or some combination of the two.

Duration:00:28:52

S1 Ep8: Filling Your Tool Box

12/30/2015
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Award winning writers Mark Doty, Greg Glazner, Pam Houston, and Lidia Yuknavitch provide insights on four foundational tools for your Writing Toolbox.

Duration:00:21:19

S1 Ep7: Business of Writing, Volume II

12/12/2015
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Host Ben Hess breaks down the business of writing into three categories supported by insights from authors and teachers Steve Almond, Greg Glazner, and Tanya Chernov.

Duration:00:36:59

S1 Ep6 - Location, Location, Location

11/22/2015
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An exploration of how place, setting, and location inform our writing with input from award winning writers Josh Weil, Dorothy Allison, and Tom Barbash.

Duration:00:18:32

S1 Ep5: Pissing People Off

10/29/2015
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This episode is an excerpt of a live, free-flowing panel discussion at the recent Writing by Writers Conference in Tomales Bay, California between poet, novelist, and National Book Award finalist Dorothy Allison, memoirist, journalist, fiction writer, and teacher Steve Almond, and award winning writer, teacher, and Writing by Writers co-founder Pam Houston.

Duration:00:43:51

S1 Ep4: Business of Writing, Volume I

10/13/2015
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So you’ve slaved over your stories, essays, book proposal, or fiction manuscript … and now what? Ben Hess explores the business of writing with nonfiction agent Gordon Warnock, independent editor and writer Jay Schaefer, in addition to award-winning writers and teachers Gary Ferguson and Pam Houston.

Duration:00:19:43

S1 Ep3: The Deep End

9/21/2015
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This episode explores the power of writing and language to navigate from grief to a place of understanding and acceptance. Ben Hess interviews Tom Barbash and Gary Ferguson on grief, Alan Heathcock and Josh Weil on family, and Pam Houston on language's limitations.

Duration:00:18:35

S1 Ep2: The Writing & Teaching Life

8/28/2015
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How do professional authors make a living in the tumultuous world of writing? Many teach. This episode explores their motivations, inspiration, and traditional vs. private instruction. Insights are snatched from writers and teachers Pam Houston, Alan Heathcock, and Gary Ferguson.

Duration:00:17:23

S1 Ep1: Origins

8/28/2015
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The premiere episode of a new podcast exploring insights on the craft & community of writing from award-winning published authors and teachers. Ben Hess explores story origins with Pam Houston, Gary Ferguson, and Alan Heathcock.

Duration:00:21:44