“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft."
 --Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Episode 33: Great Writing Starts With a Question. What Don’t You Understand?

In this episode, you will meet Jeana Fleming, the winner of Writing Class Radio’s spring writing contest. Andrea and Allison weigh in on why they chose her story and what makes the writing so great. 

Allison talks about Exchange for Change, an organization based in Miami, Florida that offers writing classes to incarcerated men and women. Allison spends two hours every Wednesday with 18 inmates at the Dade Correctional Institute. She helps them write their true and personal stories.


Episode 32: Will This Ever End?

In this episode, Allison and Andrea are talking about endings. How to end an essay when often the issues we write about are ongoing. Should we know the ending when we begin? Does the end of the essay have to show a change in the narrator? Can we show change or find meaning without distance? Can we leave the reader to interpret the ending or must we bang them over the head with the change? Listen as we answer these questions.

We bring you examples of great endings from students Lis Mesa and Aaron Curtis, who worked on their stories in and out of class. Phoebe Scott, a listener in Tennessee and student Viccy Simon share short prompt responses.


Episode 31: Take Me Into Your World.

In this episode, Allison and Andrea are talking about worlds again. The first story is by student Viccy Simon who takes us into her world of a minyan, which is a ten person Jewish prayer group. Then Andrea tells her story, Softball Lesbian.