Sep 18 - 2017

35: What Makes You You?

About the Episode

This episode of Writing Class Radio is dedicated to everyone who’s dealing with some kind of natural disaster. For us in Florida, the last two weeks have been all consuming and also terrifying. Our hearts go out to those who got hit a lot harder than we did. We love that we have this podcast to come back to and we feel so much love and appreciation for you, our listeners. Thank you for listening.

Today’s episode is about character, the things that make you you. We have a special guest, the author, Tiphanie Yanique who’s won tons of awards including the 2016 Bocas Prize in Caribbean Poetry, the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, a Pushcart Prize, and a Fulbright Scholarship. Tiphanie says character is the most important element in storytelling and lays out the ways character is created including how you look, your past experiences, belief systems, cultural background, religion, and what you inherit from your parents. In order to write well about your character, in a way that’s truly believable, you have to know yourself really well. You will hear student Nicki Post tell a story about her fears regarding what she may or may not inherit from her father. Plus, student Tobi Ash tells a story that reveals how culture and religion informed her character. You’ll also hear quick responses to the prompt: No One Would Ever Marry Me Because… by student Nilsa Rivera and student and producer Virginia Lora.

Thank you for listening to Writing Class Radio.If you have a business or a startup and need help telling your story, Andrea will come to your office and teach all your employees how to better articulate why they do what they do. Do it! Stories sell. Allison will come to your retreat and help guests write through their shit so they can live free and happier. Or, hire her to help your high schooler refine his/her college essay.

Writing Class Radio is a podcast where you’ll hear true personal stories 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.

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