Writers Reel


Writers’ Reel: David Sedaris Takes On The Holidays

In this week’s Writers’ Reel, listen to author David Sedaris as he reads from his hilarious essay “SantaLand Diaries,” about his stint as a Macy’s elf. The essay is part of his classic collection titled Holidays on Ice.

Listen and get in to the holiday spirit!

Writers' Reel: C. S. Lewis on your "Right to Happiness."

C. S. Lewis wrote more than thirty books, including the much-beloved children's series The Chronicles of Narnia. In honor of what would have been the author’s birthday last week, watch this great doodle depicting one of Lewis’s final essays, titled “We Have No (Unlimited) Right to Happiness,” where the author considers the issue of sexual morality.

Writers' Reel: Neil Gaiman - No One Cares About Your First Draft

This week's Writers' Reel is a clip from The Nerdist podcast of Neil Gaiman giving advice to aspiring writers.

"When people come to me and they say, 'I want to be a writer, what should I do?' I say, you have to write. Sometimes they say, 'Well I'm already doing that, what else should I do?' And I say, you have to finish things. That's where you learn from."

Writers' Reel: Advice from Jonathan Lethem about MFA Programs

BookBaby president Brian Felsen recently interviewed PEN Center USA member and Emerging Voices author evening host Jonathan Lethem (National Book Critics Circle Award winner, MacArthur Fellow, and New York Times best seller). In this clip, Jonathan talks about whether or not good writing can be "taught" and the benefits of creative writing programs.


Today's Writers' Reel is brought to you by the Big Think YouTube Channel. Jonathan Franzen, author of The Corrections and a National Book Award winner, is posed with a simple question with innumerable answers, "How do you write?"

Writers' Reel: How To Not Write About Women, A Guide For Men


"Imagine you are the object of your own poem."

Today on The Mark Blog is a PSA brought to you by Jade Sylvan on how to not write about women, a guide for men.

Writers Reel: Henry Miller Asleep & Awake

In this 1975 short documentary "Henry Miller Asleep & Awake" writer Henry Miller takes a tour of his bathroom and his life.

Miller guides us through his bathroom, covered with photos and drawings collected by the author. He points out the highlights of both this gallery and his life in this documentary by Tom Schiller.

Writers' Reel: Interview With Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Today on The Mark Blog we have the only full version of an interview with the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"The two things that people always want to ask me...

...How I ever came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories... the other is about how I came to have psychic experiences..."