10 Minute Writer's Workshop

10 Minute Writer's Workshop

A peek into how great writers conjure and craft their work. From creative rituals to guilty distractions, writers reveal what it really takes to get pen to paper.

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Workshop 61: The Last Line

10 Minute Writer's Workshop

A special goodbye from The 10 Minute Writer's Workshop

2 Min

Jan 31, 2018

Workshop 60: Manoush Zomorodi

10 Minute Writer's Workshop

This week, we talk to Manoush Zomorodi, author of Bored and Brilliant and host of the WNYC podcast Note to Self

11 Min

Dec 27, 2017

Workshop 59: Jennifer Egan

10 Minute Writer's Workshop

This week, we talk to Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and, most recently, Manhattan Beach

10 Min

Dec 13, 2017

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12 min
Nov 29, 2017
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This week, we talk to the co-creators of Welcome to Nightvale and co-authors of It Devours, Jeffrey Cranor & Joseph Fink

10 min
Nov 15, 2017
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This week, we talk to blockbuster thriller author Dan Brown, on tour for his latest, Origin.

10 min
Nov 1, 2017
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This week, we speak to former speechwriter for Michelle Obama, Sarah Hurwitz

10 min
Oct 18, 2017
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This week, we speak to the author of What Milo Saw and Wishbones, Virginia Macgregor

11 min
Oct 6, 2017
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A conversation with Atul Gawande, author of "Being Mortal".

11 min
Sep 20, 2017
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In this episode, we talk with Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You, about writing families..

10 min
Sep 6, 2017
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In this episode, we talk with Louise Penny, author of the Inspector Gamache mysteries.

10 min
Aug 23, 2017
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This episode, we speak with Howard Axelrod, author of The Point of Vanishing.

7 min
Aug 9, 2017
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This episode, we talk with New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alice Fogel.

12 min
Jul 26, 2017
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This episode, we talk with Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours.

9 min
Jul 12, 2017
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This episode, we speak to Roxane Gay, author, essayist, teacher, and all around-superwoman.

9 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Author, outspoken vegetarian, social media abstainer and writing teacher Jonathan Safran Foer is author of three novels: Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and, most recently, Here I Am, which follows four generations of a J...

11 min
Jun 14, 2017
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Ian Rankin is best known for two characters: Inspector John Rebus, the protagonist of now 21 mystery novels, and the city of Edinburgh, whose dark corners come alive in Rankin’s hands. Rebus made his debut in the 1987 crime novel Knots & Crosses. In Ra...

7 min
May 31, 2017
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Krista Tippett is probably best known as the host & creator of the public radio program On Being. But she's also the author of three books that pull from her decades of interviews with a broad variety of thinkers and seekers, exploring the intersectio...

11 min
May 17, 2017
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Anita Shreve had a small, but devoted following as a literary author when her second novel, The Pilot's Wife was named an Oprah Book Club pick. The recognition propelled her into a New York Times bestselling novelist. Two days after her 18th novel, The...

11 min
May 3, 2017
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John Scalzi, the Hugo Award-winning author of science fiction both serious and less-so and an internet star from way, way back. He is former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, perhaps best known for his Old Man's War serie...

12 min
Apr 19, 2017
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Tana French is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Dublin Murder Squad series. The newest, called The Trespasser, is the sixth in the best-selling, habit-forming series. "It’s taken for granted that anybody who’s read one [Tana French novel] will ver...

10 min
Apr 5, 2017
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Ben Winters is a little incomprehensible. Not his output, which is consistently great, but his wild imagination and range. He's a teacher, a playwright, an Edgar and Phillip K. Dick Award-winning novelist, he's written children's books, an existential ...

13 min
Mar 8, 2017
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Lindy West, columnist for The Guardian, and author of How to be a Person and Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman. Lindy writes about feminism, social justice, body image, pop culture and, lately, politics. She's a funny and original thinker, and brave. She...

12 min
Feb 22, 2017
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Victoria Schwab... VE Schwab... V... the author's name depends on her audience, which, like the dark worlds she builds, is a well-thought out design. Ms. Schwab, we'll say, burst onto the scene in 2011 with The Near Witch. A dozen books later, adult, ...

10 min
Feb 8, 2017
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Ottessa Moshfegh says she writes to explore why people do weird things. The daughter of a Croatian mother and Iranian father, she was a serious piano student who knew she didn't want to be a pianist when she felt the call to write - and not just write,...

10 min
Jan 25, 2017
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Caitlin Moran is the best-selling author of How to Be a Woman, Moranthology, and columnist for the Times of London. She and her sister developed and write 'raised by wolves" --a British television series loosely based on their experience in a family of...

11 min
Jan 11, 2017
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Jonathan Lethem is the best-selling author of Gun, with Occasional Music, Fortress of Solitude, and other novels, including the Naitonal Book Critics' Circle award-winning Motherless Brooklyn. He's known for reanimating and remixing genres - hard-boile...

9 min
Dec 28, 2016
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'In Maine, when we say something is "wicked good" – we really mean it.' That's how LL Bean describes their Wicked Good Slippers, and how we describe Jeff Ryan, who for decades wrote Bean's catalog copy. We spoke to him about finding the story in every...

8 min
Dec 14, 2016
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Irish author Emma Donoghue may be best known for Room, her novel written in the voice of a young boy confined with his mother in a single room. It was nominated for a Man Booker prize and made into an Oscar-winning film, for which she wrote the scree...

12 min
Nov 30, 2016
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Tom Gauld -- a cartoonist, illustrator of comics and covers for the New Yorker and The Believer. His weekly cartoon about the arts for The Guardian newspaper is a wry, often deadpan favorite among writers. He is extremely prolific, author of more than ...

9 min
Nov 16, 2016
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A National Book Award winner, Pulitzer-Prize nominee, Guggenheim fellow, and winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant, Colson Whitehead's new book, The Underground Railroad, was one of the most anticipated works of fiction this year. Virginia caught up wit...

12 min
Nov 2, 2016
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It’s our 30th episode, this time with the phenomenally successful Jodi Picoult. Small Great Things is her 24th novel - and the ninth straight to debut at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. If Picoult has a "thing" it's writing about tho...

10 min
Oct 19, 2016
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In this episode of the 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop, singer-songwriter, musician and novelist Josh Ritter – who might say writer first, musician second. It was a song that spun into his 2011 novel Bright's Passage. Josh Ritter’s songs draw deeply from t...

11 min
Oct 5, 2016
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Legal decisions are rarely read for pleasure. And though read and re-read and excerpted and quoted, they are not always quotable. Clocking in at an average of just under 5000 words, they can sound jargony, pompous and bone-dry in the wrong hands. Today...

12 min
Sep 21, 2016
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The novelist, short story writer and essayist Cynthia Ozick's best known piece of writing is called The Shawl, a brutal, phantasmal story of a woman and two children marching to a Nazi concentration camp. The Holocaust and Jewish identity are recurring...

10 min
Sep 7, 2016
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Andre Dubus III's memoir Townie told the story of his violent childhood on the wrong side of the tracks. Writing was his way out, and he's made more than good, with multiple NYT bestsellers, an Oprah’s Book Club pick, and an Oscar-nominated film adapta...

10 min
Aug 24, 2016
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Kelly Link is one of a handful of writers to manage to be wondrous, fantastical and ominous at the same time. As Kirkus says, her work is “like Kafka hosting Saturday Night Live, mixing humor with existential dread.” Her most recent collection, Get in ...

10 min
Aug 10, 2016
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Essayist, novelist, columnist, sportswriter and former ethicist for the New York Times Magazine, Chuck Klosterman has got a wildly original voice. That makes sense for a guy who's written about glam metal bands in North Dakota, or whether you should hi...

9 min
Jul 27, 2016
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Anyone who's ever been an awkward adolescent knows that for decades now, dog-eared copies of Judy Blume's books have been passed around school playgrounds like secrets, or read under the covers after lights out. Her best known books - Are You There God...

10 min
Jul 13, 2016
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Donald Hall is now 87 and no longer writing poetry, a pursuit he calls "a young man's game" which takes "too much testosterone." But Hall, former Poet Laureate of both New Hampshire and the United States, long ago cemented his place in literary history...

11 min
Jun 28, 2016
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The bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - and bonafide Charming British Lady - Helen Simonson lets us in on her writing process, her thoughts on sunshine, and the perils of HGTV. Her latest novel, set in 1914, is The Summer Before the War.

7 min
Jun 14, 2016
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A bona fide podcasting star, Aaron Mahnke has turned his love of the darker side of history into the spooky smash hit, Lore, which he researches and authors. He's also the author of four thrillers, a veteran of self-publishing, and handy with an 80s fi...

14 min
Jun 1, 2016
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Richard Russo is the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Empire Falls and Nobody’s Fool - both were adapted into films starring Paul Newman. He returns to the fictional working class town of North Bath for his most recent novel, Everybody's Fool. We sa...

13 min
May 18, 2016
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As a writer, Joe Hill's family name gave him a leg up. Instead, he chose to create his own. We sat down with the best-selling author just before his appearance at Writers on a New England Stage at the Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, where he was discussi...

10 min
May 3, 2016
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"Kill 'em and leave" was James Brown's commandment to his band before every show...it's also the title of a biography of the soul legend, the latest by James McBride. The National Book Award winner is also a musician and composer. We sat down with him ...

9 min
Apr 19, 2016
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In this episode, married co-authors Kevin Flynn & Rebecca Lavoie. Together, they have written four true crime books, most recently Dark Heart: A True Story of Sex, Manipulation, and Murder. They are also two of the eponymous crime writers behind the po...

5 min
Apr 12, 2016
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We are thrilled to say the 10-Minute Writer's Workshop has picked up a ton of new listeners, so, we're bringing you this bonus episode to say thank you! and welcome...we are ecstatic to have you! On this episode, author, columnist and critic Olivia ...

8 min
Apr 5, 2016
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Alice Dreger is a historian of science, anatomy, and medicine, known for her work studying and advocating for people born with atypical sex disorders. She famously resigned from Northwestern University in protest of academic censorship, and gained some...

10 min
Mar 22, 2016
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Alexander Chee is a careful craftsman of language. As we came to find out, when we talked to him from Argot Studios in NYC, he is as measured, unassuming and thoughtful in his speech. A retiring man, who prefers to write in transient spaces, he also ju...

11 min
Mar 8, 2016
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Long-time NPR reporter and five-time author Tom Gjelten recently visited the studios here at NHPR. We, of course, couldn't resist talking to him about his latest book, A Nation of Nations, and asking him for ten minutes.

7 min
Feb 23, 2016
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We spoke to YouTube superstar and writer of books Grace Helbig after the publication of her second tongue-in-cheek guide, Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It. She gave us a glimpse at her writing process backstage at The Music Hall in Port...

9 min
Feb 17, 2016
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Chris Bohjalian has written some thrilling novels tackling some tough subjects - Armenian genocide, the ethics of midwifery, and, most recently, sex trafficking - but he speaks about the process of writing with humor and aplomb.

8 min
Feb 3, 2016
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Marianne Williamson has written six New York Times best sellers, including The Age Of Miracles and A Return To Love. Known in some circles as Hollywood's favorite self-help guru, we just had to find out what the process for a spiritual author entails.

11 min
Jan 29, 2016
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Tom Perrotta is the author behind, among others, Little Children, The Abstinence Teacher, and The Leftovers, now a hit HBO drama which he co-writes. Recently, he provided the foreword to a new Penguin edition of The Scarlet Letter. We made a date with...

7 min
Jan 15, 2016
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Described as "David Lynch for teenagers," award-winning crime writer Megan Abbott. Her latest, The Fever, seemed to make every Best of 2014 list, from the Village Voice, to Amazon, to NPR. Her forthcoming novel, You Will Know Me, is out in July 2016. ...

8 min
Dec 17, 2015
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Author, columnist and political satirist Christopher Buckley entertains and enlightens us as we talk about his writing process. #writing

8 min
Dec 8, 2015
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We caught up with the NYT-best selling "Summer Beach Read Queen" Nantucket writer Elin Hilderbrand. The workshop was recorded backstage at the Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, NH, before the Writers in the Loft series, where she was signing books. #writing

9 min
Nov 25, 2015
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The Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith, lets us in on his writing process before an event recorded for radio in Portsmouth. The workshop was recorded backstage. #writing

10 min
Nov 13, 2015
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Virginia sits down with her idol, rocker and writer Patti Smith.

6 min
Nov 13, 2015
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Author Stacy Schiff gives a 10-minute writer's workshop before an event recorded for radio in Portsmouth. The workshop was recorded backstage. #writing

10 min
Nov 13, 2015
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Author Salman Rushdie gives a 10-minute writer's workshop before an event recorded for radio in Portsmouth. The workshop was recorded backstage. #writing

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