Aug 18 - 2017

34: Let’s Ignore Writing Class Protocol and Talk About Our Lives

About the Episode

In this episode, we go off the rails…a little. We invited our class into Allison’s living room where in addition to writing advice, we gave life advice. Allison believes that the better we know ourselves, the better our writing will be. Andrea was scared shitless. She thought the class would be more like a therapy session. Andrea likes the boundary set up in class. She thinks not being allowed to talk about someone’s life allows everyone to write more freely. She doesn’t want to be judged on her life, only on her writing. Since Allison was making the rules for this class, she allowed the students to comment on the narrator’s life and allowed the narrator to defend herself. Allison threw out the prompt, “good enough” and gave everyone 20 minutes to write.

In addition to Andrea and Allison, you will hear a prompt response from student Lis Mesa as well as feedback from producer Virginia Lora and student Viccy Simon. Allison loved the experiment. She loved getting advice and thinks the discussion will help her writing. She loved being able to explain what she meant. And, unlike in class, she got to have the final word. But hearing everyone talk about everyone’s life and blabbing back and forth could become a total shit show in class. Complete chaos…Because, let’s face it, nobody really wants life advice.

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