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Show Notes for Episode 4 (Literary Tourism), Sneak Peek at Upcoming Episodes

Before we get into the show notes for Episode 4, let’s talk about upcoming episodes. (And welcome, new readers!)

Episode 5 (coming soon) will deal with writer’s block. Many of our writing friends have been struck with this malady, and we are going to explore it on our show. If you have questions or comments about it, please let us know below and we will try to include your comments when we record the episode.

A very highly requested topic is on platform building/social media management. That’s something we’re exploring ourselves, and Drema has recently become the social media manager for a popular romance writer (more on that to come). That episode is taking some putting together, but it’s one that will, we believe, benefit us all.

Here are the show notes for Episode 4 of Writing All the Things. It’s been up for a minute over on iTunes, Stitcher, and GooglePlay, etc.. If you haven’t listened to it yet, what are you waiting for?

Episode 4 Topic: Literary Tourism (inspired by Lyndsie Manusos’ article in the June 3 Book Riot newsletter.
1. Advisory: This podcast may contain explicit language and contagious ideas. Listener discretion is advised. (It’s not typically raunchy, but we reserve the right to be rowdy. ;-))

2. Welcome/Intro

FACT CHECK: Independent bookstores in our area?

3. News and trends:
It’s an all-things-Atwood world right now, from Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale to The Testaments, a sequel to Handmaid, coming September 2019. Now, according to Variety, Entertainment One has picked up the rights to Margaret Atwood’s debut novel, The Edible Woman, published in 1969, to create a TV series.
We’re happy to relay that the Poetry Foundation tells us that “The Emily Dickinson Museum, located in Amherst, MA, has received a $22 million gift as part of a larger bequest to Amherst College from the late alumnus, William McCall Vickery. “The transformative gift, the largest ever received by the museum, will be known as the ‘William McCall Vickery ’57 Emily Dickinson Fund’ and is specifically earmarked for the maintenance and improvement of its buildings, grounds and collections.””
It’s Pride Month, so salute to all of our LGBTQIA friends. Lambda Literary, promoters and advocates of the LGBTQIA literary community, recently announced the winner of the 31st Lambda Literary Awards. (Nicknamed the Lammies.) The Lambda’s Trustee Award was awarded to Alexander Chee; Masha Gessen won the Visionary Award, and lastly, the Publishing Professional Award went to Barbara Smith. These individuals immensely helped the LGBTQIA cause. Additionally, twenty-five book award winners were honored.

4. Whatcha readin’?

5. Topic of the episode:
Since it’s vacation time for many people, we want to continue talking about
traveling and writing:

Today’s emphasis is Literary Tourism (From the June 3 Book Riot Newsletter). Lyndsie Manusos – recently moved to Indy. She discusses, which are in our neck of the woods, the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library; The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.

A quick list of where we’ve been/what lit figure sites we have seen and what you gain from literary tourism.

body of water under cloudy sky
Indianapolis. Photo by Corey Smith on

Writing Instruction:

Obviously, if there is an opportunity for you to practice nearby literary tourism, that would be ideal, so seek out museums or libraries or literary locations in your own town and surroundings if possible.

If not: Maybe you already know all about your favorite author, but if you don’t: choose your favorite author. Then google your author; read the Wikipedia article about them. Find out where your author was born and where (if they are deceased) they are interred, if they are. Then go back to your favorite book by the author and see if what you’ve learned adds another layer to the story. Learning about our favorite authors reminds us that they are human, that we are all connected. That we are among our colleagues because we are all writers.

6. First Page (The first page of Lacy Phillips’ novel.)
If you’d like to hear your first page of unpublished work (short story, novel, poetry, CNF, songwriting, whatever) workshopped on our podcast, please send it to: writingallthethings1(at)gmail(dot)com. Let us know what genre it is and whether you want us to use your name or prefer to remain anonymous.

7. Outro:

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