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Episode 39: Get Out of Your Way and Write

12/10/2017
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On today’s episode we’re talking about getting out of our own way when writing a story. The writing process starts with getting the truth on paper. We write about situations or problems we’re dealing with or have dealt with, things we’re still trying to understand or resolve. The goal is getting to the reason we’re writing the story and what the story is really about. Andrea is a huge believer in writing and rewriting. That’s her process. A first draft is usually shit. Then the second draft...

Duration: 00:20:21


Episode 38: Write Better by Mimicking the Masters

11/20/2017
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On today’s episode we’re talking about mimicking the masters the way you’d imagine a painting class in Paris that goes to the Louvre to practice painting like Leonardo de Vinci. We think it’s worth copying a method that works because we know it worked in the past. Learn the rules before breaking the rules. In this episode, you'll hear stories that mimic the style of Boys, a story by Rick Moody. Andrea took a class at the Miami Writers Institute with Brian Turner, author of the memoir, My...

Duration: 00:20:57


Episode 37:Ready to Write that Memoir or Novel? Nov. is National Novel Writing Month

10/31/2017
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November is #NaNoWriMo(https://nanowrimo.org/), and we have executive director, Grant Faulkner (http://www.grantfaulkner.com/), on our show. Today we’re talking about novels because we go both ways. And also because storytelling principles are the same when writing fiction or nonfiction. Get inspired and join millions of people around the world who are racing to finish a book this month. Allison’s in the race. Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written...

Duration: 00:35:25


Episode 36: Hurricanes and Stories Define Us, Since the Beginning of Time

10/16/2017
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On this episode of Writing Class Radio we ask for your support, because producing ain’t free. Please go to writingclassradio.com and hit the donate button. Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written in an actual memoir writing class and a little instruction on how to write your own stories. Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by student Allison Langer (www.allisonlanger.com) and teacher Andrea Askowitz (www.andreaaskowitz.com). This podcast is equal parts...

Duration: 00:36:41


Episode 35: What Makes You You?

9/18/2017
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This episode of Writing Class Radio is dedicated to everyone who’s dealing with some kind of natural disaster. For us in Florida, the last two weeks have been all consuming and also terrifying. Our hearts go out to those who got hit a lot harder than we did. We love that we have this podcast to come back to and we feel so much love and appreciation for you, our listeners. Thank you for listening. Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written in an actual...

Duration: 00:32:08


Episode 34: Lets Ignore Writing Class Protocol and Talk About Our Lives

8/20/2017
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Episode 34: Let’s Ignore Writing Class Protocol and Talk About Our Lives. Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written in an actual memoir writing class and ideas about how to write your own stories. Student Allison Langer loves the process of pouring her heart out on paper then reading it out loud. She’s all heart. Teacher Andrea Askowitz loves tearing stories apart. She asks, “What is this story about?” and then helps to find the answer. She’s loves the...

Duration: 00:24:11


Episode 33: Great Writing Starts With a Question. What Don’t You Understand?

7/31/2017
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Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written in an actual memoir writing class and ideas about how to write your own stories. Student Allison Langer loves the process of pouring her heart out on paper then reading it out loud. She’s all heart. Teacher Andrea Askowitz loves tearing stories apart. She asks, “What is this story about?” and then helps to find the answer. She’s loves the craft, the art. This podcast is equal parts heart and art. In this...

Duration: 00:18:47


Episode 32: Will This Ever End?

7/10/2017
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Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written in an actual memoir writing class and ideas about how to write your own stories. Student Allison Langer loves the process of pouring her heart out on paper then reading it out loud. She’s all heart. Teacher Andrea Askowitz loves tearing stories apart. She asks, “What is this story about?” and then helps to find the answer. She’s loves the craft, the art. This podcast is equal parts heart and art. In this...

Duration: 00:32:08


Episode 31: Take Me Into Your World

6/18/2017
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Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true, personal stories written in an actual memoir writing class and ideas about how to write your own stories. Student Allison Langer loves the process of pouring her heart out on paper then reading it out loud. She’s all heart. Teacher, Andrea Askowitz, loves tearing our stories apart. She asks, “What is this story about?” and then helps to find the answer. She’s loves the craft, the art. This podcast is equal parts heart and art. In this...

Duration: 00:26:50


Episode 30: How to Write Your True Story with Joyce Maynard

5/18/2017
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Writing Class Radio is a podcast that brings you true stories written in an actual memoir writing class and ideas about how to write your own stories. Student Allison Langer loves the process of pouring her heart out on paper then reading it out loud. She’s all heart. Teacher Andrea Askowitz loves tearing our stories apart. She asks, “What is this story about?” and then helps to find the answer. She’s loves the craft, the art. This podcast is equal parts heart and art. The format for this...

Duration: 00:24:40


Episode 29: Can You Hear Me if I Can't Hear You?

4/20/2017
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Writing Class Radio brings you real stories from an actual memoir writing class and ideas about how to write your own stories. Student Allison Langer loves the process of working out her shit and reading it out loud. In class, she can’t hide behind a facade. Teacher Andrea Askowitz loves thinking about writing and ways to make stories stronger. She breaks down every sentence and takes out needless words. Andrea loves the craft. Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things, says...

Duration: 00:26:59


Episode 28: Who Has Time?

3/22/2017
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Get ready folks, Allison and Andrea are hosting this episode together: an episode about time. Student Allison Langer is obsessed with the lack of time she has lately. So, in class teacher, Andrea Askowitz, gave this prompt: I wish I had more time to_______. Andrea reads her story from class about wanting more time to work. Allison reads a story she brought into class about wanting more time PERIOD. You will also hear responses to the prompt, I wish I had more time to _______ from students...

Duration: 00:29:27


Episode 22: Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes Feels Impossible Right Now

11/22/2016
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Andrea Askowitz is the host of this episode. She talks about how writing a good story and understanding the results of this presidential election require a mammoth effort in understanding someone else’s point of view, an effort she is failing at right now. She interviews Stephen Elliott, who is the author of seven books and two movies and the founder and senior editor at The Rumpus, about the job of a memoir writer. Stephen says that in literature, memoir and in life there are no bad guys....

Duration: 00:31:48


Episode 19: I'm Obsessed with Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Steve Almond, and my Spin Instructor

8/23/2016
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EPISODE 19: I’m Obsessed with Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Steve Almond, and my Spin Instructor. This episode is about obsessions. Andrea Askowitz, the teacher of the class speaks to Allison Langer, co-producer and student in the class. They discuss what she learned from the Tim Ferriss podcast when he interviewed Tony Robbins. Allison heard Robbins say, “Rejection breeds obsession.” And,”The parent whose attention you were trying to get is the person who shaped you.” Andrea talks about how...

Duration: 00:27:45


Episode 18: Who is Jahn Dope? From H.S. Football Star to Homeless Man to the Great Philip Sylverin

8/2/2016
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This episode is about self destruction. Jahn Dope, one of the students in our class, reads his story, Dark Matter. Jahn’s story begins after he overdoses on LSD after a crazy night of drinking and drugs, then backtracks to childhood. After Jahn’s story ends, the class was left with questions. So, producers Diego and Misha met Jahn at work to get the whole story. Listeners will hear why Jahn dropped out of college and what happened next. Jahn tells us how he got deeper and deeper into drugs...

Duration: 00:32:59


Episode 16: Step Out of Your Comfort Zone...Where the Magic Happens.

6/29/2016
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This episode explores the different zones we live in: comfort zone, stretch zone and panic zone. Allison talks about her experience at dinner with new friends and how she complained the entire night. She realizes she ventured too far into her stretch zone and panicked. Misha Mehrel tells his story on the stage at Lip Service, a live storytelling event in Miami. The story is about his hairy ass. The story was written in his very first writing class in response to a prompt. Misha worked on...

Duration: 00:29:43


Episode 15: Dear Listener

6/13/2016
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EPISODE 15: Dear Listener This episode explores the epistolary form, which is just a snobby way to say stories written in the form of a letter. Andrea Askowitz starts with a letter written to her from her best friend in high school, Robin. Robin and Andrea wrote hundreds of letters back and forth to each other throughout their friendship. The letters in Episode 15 were written 30 years ago, when Andrea spent a summer at camp away from Robin. Andrea saved the letters Robin wrote her. She...

Duration: 00:22:19


Episode 14: Taboo: Fat, Fuck, Masturbation

5/28/2016
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In this episode, we discuss what is taboo. Is it a word, a topic? Is it the same for everyone? We learn why we need to talk about things considered taboo, and when to actually write taboo words instead of referring to them. You’ll hear from our weekly classmate Inessa Freylekhman who’s mom tells her what not to say on a date. You’ll also hear from Nicki Post, who feels that abortion is more taboo in the United States than in Korea. We’ll take you into our community workshop where several...

Duration: 00:22:37


Episode 13: Rejection Sucks. Why Do We Put Ourselves Out There?

5/16/2016
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In this episode, student and co-producer Allison Langer puts herself out there in writing and in love. The first story she tells was submitted to Modern Love, a column in the New York Times. Allison’s story got rejected, which is the subject of the second story she tells. Also in the second story, Allison compares the Modern Love rejection to rejection in love. Allison shares her motto for dealing with rejection. A motto she borrowed from author Cheryl Strayed. You’ll also hear Andrea...

Duration: 00:27:27


Episode 10: How to Write a Story Meant to be Told Out Loud

2/24/2016
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Today, we’re talking about writing stories meant to be told out loud. Jahn Dope tells his story, Tackled, about the time he was raped. Andrea Askowitz tells her story Thank You For Listening, about the time she went 24 hours without talking about herself. Both stories were told on stage at Lip Service in front of 600 people. You’ll hear how a performance can change the gravity of a subject. Allison Langer is the host and substitute teacher for this episode. Andrea, our regular host and...

Duration: 00:35:00

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