Writers' Reel


Writers’ Reel: Celebrate National Poetry Month with Kwame Dawes!

Writers’ Reel: 29 Tips To Boost Creativity

No matter where you are in your creative process, you can always use reminders on how to keep motivated and on track. This video by Visual.ly lists the 29 ways to be creative. Incorporate a couple of these to break free from the rut. What do you do to boost your creativity?

Writers' Reel: Terry McMillan On Disliking Third Person Narration

Outspoken author Terry McMillan (Waiting to ExhaleDisappearing Acts, and her latest, Who Asked You?) recently sat down for an interview with the New York Times, in which she discusses her disdain for third person,

Writers’ Reel: Maurice Sendak on Writing for Children

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In this endearing animated video produced by Blank on Blank, the late children’s book author Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) talks about not shying away from writing the barbaric in children’s books and how his uncensored family spurred his creative life.

Writers’ Reel: Margaret Atwood on Writing Exposition


Author Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s TaleThe Year of the Flood, and, her latest, MaddAdam) chats with Big Think about the difficulties of writing exposition. The author of speculative fiction breaks down what a writer should do when writing exposition with a goal of making the text appear seamless. Atwood also talks about her love of writing poetry and pushing against being pigeonholed as a fiction writer.

Writers' Reel: Quick Hit Insights From our Favorite Authors

On Writers’ Reel this week, we take a look at the PBS show Charlie Rose. The TV talk show host and journalist has invited many celebrated authors to sit and converse about their process. This 13-minute video features clips of Joan Didion, Zadie Smith, Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, and more.

Writers’ Reel: Tom Perrotta on The Fallacy of Writing What You Know

Author Tom Perrotta (Election, Little Children) takes on the age-old advice of writing what you know in this candid discussion for Big Think. He also talks about his process in writing his 1998 novel Election, a novel that was adapted for film starring Reese Witherspoon.

Writers’ Reel: Remembering Poet Wanda Coleman

Long regarded as Los Angeles’s unofficial poet laureate, poet Wanda Coleman passed away this week at 67. Her words and life touched many in the literary community. Watch her speak about writing poetry and read from her work as part of the Poetry.LA interview series.