Writing Geeks

Apr 20, 2020

Geek out with the A&L team as we interview Stephanie Vanderslice, self-proclaimed writing geek--blogger, scholar, teacher, and mom ...

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we'll be talking with author Stephanie Vanderslice about her Bloomsbury book The Geek's Guide To the Writing Life based on her Huffington Post blog of the same name. We'll learn about her life as a working writer, surviving writing programs and how to think about getting an agent. Her book captures the essence of being a writing teacher who writes with her students.
 

“But here's the thing--you don't reallly have to cool to be a writer. Even the terminally unhip like me can do it. Lean in here and I'll tell you the secret, something you'll read over and over again in this book: Leading a writing life is more about doing the writing than anythiing else. Doing the writing when no one else really cares what you're doing, because--lean back in, I wasn't finshed--they dont.” 

Author, teacher, scholar, & blogger, Stephanie Vanderslice.
The Vanderslice "crew" at home in Conway, Arkansas
Composer and producer, Adam Simon
Vanderslice and Minnick, geeking out, in the A&L studio at UA Little Rock Public Radio.

Stephanie Vanderslice is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of Arkansas Writer's MFA Workshop at the University of Central Arkansas, UAS and Chairperson of the Creative Writing Studies Organization. She publishes fiction, nonfiction and creative writing criticism. 

Adam Simon has been working in audio professionally for over 10 years. Founder of Simon Sound Studio, he specializes in independent music and podcast production. With an educational background in music theory and composition, Simon writes and produces music for various types of projects (podcasts, video, games, etc.). 

Thank you to Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack for keeping music alive and well in Arkansas.

Generous funding for this episode was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Executive Producer & Host: J. Bradley Minnick

Producer & Story Editor: Mary Ellen Kubit

Episode Producer: Adam Simon

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