Today we are talking about identity; how sometimes what we show on the outside is not what we feel on the inside. As a storyteller, you have to know who you are. Or try to figure out who you are through the writing.
Three of our students address identity. First Aaron Curtis, who is a blogger and bookseller writes about being mistaken for a Republican. Second, Tobi Ash, who is a philanthropist and grant writer writes about hiding beneath a veneer. And last, Yaddyra Peralta, who is a poet, teacher, and the organizer of the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, questions her racial identity despite her father’s denial.
This episode is sponsored by The Sanibel Island Writers Conference (https://www2.fgcu.edu/siwc/) Nov. 8-11, 2018. It’s the best writing conference in the world for all kinds of writing. Steve Almond, the author of many books most recently Bad Stories, tells you why. JOIN ANDREA AND STEVE AND OTHERS IN SANIBEL.
If you live in South Florida and want to learn how to write to perform like Asia Samson, the hottest performance poet on the college tour, join us on June 23, 2018 from 10 to 4 at the Lowe Art Museum in Coral Gables. Class is $100. Only 18 spots available. To sign up, go to Writing Class Radio (www.writingclassradio.com). Andrea and Allison will be there.
Writing Class Radio is a podcast where you’ll hear true personal stories from the students in our class and learn a little about how to write your own stories. Writing Class Radio is equal parts heart and art. By heart we mean the truth in a story. By art we mean the craft of writing. No matter what’s going on in our lives, writing class is where we tell the truth. It’s where we work out our shit, and figure out who we are. There’s no place in the world like writing class.
And we want to bring you in. One way is to enter our Fall Contest. Here’s the PROMPT: A Time You had an Unpopular Opinion (Big or small). Write your stories, 1,200 words or fewer, and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Sept. 30, 2018. Guidelines on our website.
Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by student Allison Langer (www.allisonlanger.com) and teacher Andrea Askowitz (www.andreaaskowitz.com).
Writing Class Radio is produced by Virginia Lora, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. We are sponsored by and recorded at the University of Miami School of Communication.
Theme music by Ari Herstand. Additional music by Justina Shandler, Andy G Cohen, Dave Deppe and Podington Bear. You can find all our music on our website.
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So you’ve written an essay. Or you’re almost finished. Now what? Where do you send your story for publication? How do you format a story? Do you need a cover letter? We have the answers in a FREE publishing guide. To get our guide, join our mailing list. Go to writingclassradio.com and hit the sign up button. Or send an email to email@example.com
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There’s no better way to understand ourselves and each other than by writing and sharing our stories. Everyone has a story. What’s yours?