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Fathers, Food & Memoir: How to Write & Market a Food Memoir

Fathers, Food & Memoir with Dawn Lerman & Crystal-lee Quibell discusses how to write a memoir that includes recipes and family memories. Dawn also shares how she began writing for the New York Times as a food columnist & secured her literary agent. Dawn Lerman is the author of My Fat Dad. A certified nutrition expert and contributor to the New York Times Well Blog, as well as the founder of the Magnificent Mommies, a company specializing in personal, corporate and school-based education....


Publishing A Cookbook: Food Blogger To Published Author

Publishing a Cookbook with Allison Day and Crystal-Lee Quibell discusses how to write, pitch and publish your cookbook. Using her popular food blog as a growing platform to submit recipes to popular publications, Allison shares how she grew her audience, found her agent and published two vegetarian cookbooks. Allison Day is the cookbook author of WHOLE BOWLS (Skyhorse Publishing, April 2016) and PURELY PUMPKIN (Skyhorse Publishing, September 2016), creator of the award-winning food blog,...


Finding Your Narrative Voice: Writing Your Memoir with Zoe Zolbrod

Finding Your Narrative voice with Zoe Zolbrod and Crystal-Lee Quibell discusses how to find your unique voice as a writer, the difference between writing fiction and memoir and what she’s learned as both a writer and editor for, The Rumpus. Zoe Zolbrod is the author of the memoir The Telling and the novel Currency. Her essays have appeared in Salon, Stir Journal, The Weeklings, The Manifest Station, The Nervous Breakdown, and The Rumpus, where she is currently the Sunday co-editor....


J.D. Salinger & Me with Joanna Rakoff

J.D. Salinger & Me with Joanna Rakoff and host, Crystal-lee Quibell discuss what it was like to work for the infamous literary agency, sharing how she answered fan mail for J.D. Salinger and, how working in a literary agency can help develop your career as an author. Joanna Rakoff is the author of the novel A Fortunate Age, as well as the memoir My Salinger Year. She has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, and other publications. She lives in Cambridge,...


From Memoir into Film: Documenting Your Memoir with Marie-Rose Phan-Le

Marie-Rose Phan-Le discusses from memoir to film, documenting her memoir, Talking Story: One Woman’s Quest to Preserve Ancient Spiritual and Healing Traditions. She’ll share how she travelled the world to document ancient traditions and what she learned as a filmmaker and a writer as she discovered and embraced her creative calling. Marie-Rose Phan-Le is a Filmmaker, and Author. Leading as the C.O.O. of a Visual Media Company. She has 25+ years’ experience in film/TV production. Founder of...


Why We Write About Ourselves with Meredith Maran

Meredith Maran & Crystal-Lee Quibell discuss why we write about ourselves, as well as the risks and rewards of memoir. Meredith Maran is the author of a dozen nonfiction books and an acclaimed novel, Meredith is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the MacDowell Fellows West. She writes features, essays, and book reviews for People, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Real Simple, Mother Jones, Good Housekeeping,...


Writing Out Of The Closet with Laura Leigh Abby

Laura Leigh Abby & Crystal-Lee Quibell discuss Writing Out Of the Closet, how to write with authenticity and handle rejection. Laura Leigh’s work has appeared in such publications as Cosmopolitan, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, Dame Magazine, The Huffington post, The Billfold, Xo Jane, Modern Loss and others. She is the creator of 2Brides2Be, an online wedding resource providing planning tools and inspiration for the modern lesbian bride. Her book of the same name is forthcoming with...


Why You Need A Literary Agent with Carly Watters

Literary Agent Carly Watters of P.S. Literary divulges why you need a literary agent, what she typically looks for in queries and how an agent can help you secure a book deal and build your author brand. Carly Watters is a VP and Senior Literary Agent with the P.S. Literary Agency. She is a hands-on agent who develops proposals and manuscripts with attention to detail and the relevant markets. Crystal-Lee Quibell is the host of Literary Speaking, a weekly podcast dedicated to helping...


Why You Need An Editor with Kelly Notaras

What a book editor does and why you need them with Kelly Notaras of KN Literary & Crystal-Lee Quibell. How many passes of editing should your book go through before it's published? Why do you need an editor? What types of editing are available and why. After starting her career in New York City—working as an editor for HarperCollins, Penguin USA and Hyperion Books—Kelly Notaras relocated several years ago to Boulder, Colorado where she served for four years as the VP and Editorial Director...


How My Dog Saved Me From Myself with Julie Barton

Julie Barton discusses how a rescue dog saved her from debilitating depression when no one else could and her pet memoir, Dog Medicine. Julie also shares how she handled rejection and pursued her path to getting her book published. Julie Barton is a New York Times bestselling author who has been published in Brain Child Magazine, The South Carolina Review, Louisiana Literature, Two Hawks Quarterly, Westview, The Huffington Post, and more. Her memoir, Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me From...


Living On The Verge of Death with Lene Fogelberg

Lene Fogelberg discusses surviving two emergency open-heart surgeries after being misdiagnosed and the writing of her memoir. Lene is the author of the award winning memoir, Beautiful Affliction. A national gold medalist in the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Crystal-Lee Quibell is the host of Literary Speaking, a weekly podcast dedicated to helping writers learn from best-selling authors, literary agents, and publishers. Founder of The Magical Writers Group. She is a champion for...


From Author to Publisher with Jeff Brown

Author & Publisher at Enrealment Press, Jeff Brown discusses his new book and the journey from author to publisher. A former criminal lawyer and psychotherapist, Jeff Brown is the author of Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation and Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground. Producer and key journeyer in the award winning spiritual documentary–Karmageddon. A regular contributor to Elephant Journal and Vivid Life, he has also written a series of inspirations for ABC’s Good Morning America and...


Which End Is Up? with Chris Cole

Author Chris Cole discusses overcoming his battle with bi-polar disorder and addiction in his memoir, The Body of Chris. Chris Cole is a life coach for folks in recovery from any number of mood, addiction, or behavioral issues. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and is a certified Strategic Intervention Coach. He is the author of The Body of Chris: A Memoir of Obsession, Addiction, and Madness. or...


From News Article To Best-Selling Memoir with Aspen Matis

Aspen Matis shares how writing about her most traumatic experience for the New York Times Modern Love column led to a book deal and her best selling memoir – Girl In The Woods. Aspen Matis is the best-selling author of the memoir – Girl In The Woods. After being raped on her second night at college, Aspen Matis dropped out. Trekking into the desert, Aspen left her sheltered suburban life behind, searching for a way to heal. Inspired by the beauty and turmoil enveloping her on the trail,...


From Memoir Into Fiction with Susan Shapiro

Crystal-Lee Quibell will welcomes New York Times best selling author and professor at The New School, Susan Shapiro to discuss the benefits of turning memoir into fiction and why she chose to make What’s Never Said a fiction novel. Susan Shapiro, an award-winning writing professor, freelances for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Newsweek, Elle, Esquire & She's the New York Times bestselling author of 10 books, including the...


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