19
Jul

Episode Seven: Danielle Paige Embraces Fan Fiction

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Soap operas. Romance novels. Fan fiction. They’re some of the most derided genres of writing – and they also happen to be the forms of writing most readily associated with women. On this episode of The BinderCast, Lux and Leigh check in with best selling author Danielle Paige about getting her start in soaps, updating The Wizard of Oz for the modern era, and why you should always end a scene with a bitch slap.

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Further reading:

Danielle’s website

Danielle on Twitter

Dorothy Must Die

Pre-order Stealing Snow

12
Apr

BinderCast Super Special: Breaking Into Podcasting

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

Join podcast rockstars Stephanie Foo (This American Life), Manoush Zomorodi (Note to Self), Ann Hepperman (The Sarah Awards), and Jenn Baker (The Minorities in Publishing Podcast) as they share tips, tricks, and strategies for succeeding in the world of podcasting. This conversation took place last November at BinderCon NYC, for more great BinderCon panels, head over to Vimeo.

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Further reading:

Stephanie Foo on Twitter

Manoush Zomorodi on Twitter

Ann Hepperman on Twitter

Jenn Baker on Twitter

12
Jan

Episode Six: How Aparna Nancherla Learned to Work Well with Others

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

For many of us, writing is a lonely, solitary activity – so how do you make the transition to writing as a member of a team? Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and Totally Biased alum Aparna Nancherla talks about going from being a stand up comedian to a team member in a TV writers’ room, and what she learned along the way.

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Further reading:

Aparna’s website

Aparna on Twitter

Why Comedian Aparna Nancherla Wants You to Stop Calling Her “Nice”

Defending the Bomb: Comic Aparna Nancherla’s Imperfectly Worded Tweet About Makeup

5
Jan

BinderCast Bonus: Emily Gould Reads Friendship

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

A special bonus for BinderCast listeners: here’s author Emily Gould reading from her book Friendship.

Hear our full interview with Emily in Episode One of The BinderCast.

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4
Jan

LA BinderCon Panel: Writing Without Pity: Disability, Illness and Our Bodies

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Writing Without Pity: Disability, Illness and Our Bodies
(Karolyn Gehrig, Eileen Cronin, Santina Muha, Lara Ameen, Sara Benincasa)

From misguided media mentions to flattened metaphor, disability and illness are often used to position narratives rather than represent reality. This panel will discuss the coverage and placement of disability in journalism, how to write personal narratives without pity, and the linguistic tropes we associate with disability, which no longer serve our lives.

29
Dec

Episode Five: The Many Influences of Jenny Lumet

The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer. Produced by Jennifer Lai.

How do our families shape our careers? What role do mentors play in helping us get ahead? Award winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) shares how being the daughter of Hollywood royalty helped her get places that women of color don’t normally go – and how she persuaded Jonathan Demme to direct her first film.

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Further reading:

Jenny Getting Noticed, The Wall Street Journal

Going Off Script, The LA Times

Growing Up With Two Icons, The New York Times

28
Dec

LA BinderCon Workshop: Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Workshops

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Get the Yes: Crafting Your Best Application for Residencies, Fellowships, Grants, and Workshops
(Glendaliz Camacho, Grace Jahng Lee)

Whether you’re applying for a writing residency, fellowship, grant, scholarship, or workshop, the process can be anxiety-provoking. How do you even find out about these opportunities? How do you decide which to apply to? What does an artist statement include? Who will write your recommendation letters if you lack literary networks? What do you include in a writer’s CV if you have no/few publications? How do you select your best writing sample? What are strategies for dealing with multiple rejections? For residencies, additional nail-biting may emerge: How do you take time off from work and family obligations to disappear into the woods to write for weeks? How will you finance your residency if you still have rent/bills to pay while away?

As women without MFAs who didn’t pursue writing until their 30s, the workshop leaders found themselves together on a residency on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. With experience as both applicants (awarded 15 residencies within two years and numerous grants, fellowships, scholarships) and selection committee members, they will share strategies to help participants to craft their best application package. They will provide an overview of funded opportunities for writers and lead an interactive workshop with exercises targeting the basic elements of every proposal. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a past application or one in-progress. A resource handout will be distributed.

28
Dec

LA BinderCon Panel: Writing for the Masses: Feminists of Color infiltrate Romance and Women’s Fiction

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Writing for the Masses: Feminists of Color infiltrate Romance and Women’s Fiction
(Aya de Leon, S. Evan Stubblefield, Sofia Quintero)

The annual VIDA count documents how women are second-class literary citizens. Nicola Griffith’s recent study shows that women’s rare wins of big awards are generally for books about male characters. But as women writers fight for change, how are we routinely preoccupied with breaking into the boys’ club? Are we dismissive of social change potential in the areas of the publishing industry that, although generally dismissed by industry elites, are thoroughly dominated by women.

In the ongoing literary/commercial fiction debate, genres such as romance and urban women’s fiction are frequently snubbed as being uniformly lowbrow and without literary merit. Literary fiction is often dismissed as having a narrow and elite audience, and no deep cultural relevance or resonance. How are women of color breaking this binary by intentionally engaging these genres as a form of literary activism? How can this mirror recent changes in television that have the potential to change the national conversation and inject the commercial literary landscape with subversive ideas and stories? How do queer love stories inherently disrupt the status quo?

Traditional feminist analysis has critiqued romance and women’s fiction based on many concerns: chronic preoccupation with men; narrow standards of beauty; tropes of female helplessness, incompetence, and sexual passivity; and the romanticization of male aggression and violence. Feminists of color and intersectional analyses have also critiqued its widespread Eurocentrism and preoccupation with the owning class and materialism. Given these critique histories, how do these women writers of color seek to revitalize and flip romantic and sentimental tropes by injecting them with feminist and activist themes? How do they engage issues of race, class, sexuality, gender, disability, and nationality for a mass audience? And for the long term, how do these writers hope to develop new hybrid genres that have a recognizable, intersectional feminist aesthetic?

28
Dec

LA BinderCon Panel: Tense & Sensibility: Ways to Tackle Tragedy in Young Adult

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Tense & Sensibility: Ways to Tackle Tragedy in Young Adult
(Brandy Colbert, Isabel Quintero, Lissa Price, Lilliam Rivera, Elizabeth Ross)

Whether you are writing a light-hearted novel, an action-packed fantasy, or a story in a contemporary setting, tackling tense emotional scenes can be tricky in young adult literature. Sometimes writers quickly fall prey to clichés, shying away from exposing real hurt for fear of alienating readers. But young adult readers can smell a fake. How can writers approach tense scenes without losing the young adult voice? Five award-winning young adult authors share how they navigate tragedy through the use of humor, action, even poetry. They will share tips on finding the right balance in your own writing while keeping the authentic young adult voice while offering examples of novels that exemplify the work.

23
Dec

LA BinderCon Panel: Digital Engagement Across Language Barriers

Wondering what programming we have in store for you at LA BinderCon? We’ll be announcing all week – stay tuned for more (and be sure to buy your tickets while Early Bird level is still available!).

Digital Engagement Across Language Barriers
(An Xiao Mina, P. Kim Bui, Daniela Gerson, Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed)

How do you reach an online audience that speaks another language? How do you engage with them and learn from them? How do you report on real-time news in other languages? This panel will look at different approaches to using social media across linguistic divides and will provide practical techniques to implementing them.

In a Los Angeles suburb with a majority Asian population, the police chief learned how to use Weibo (a Twitter-like Chinese social media platform) and transformed his relationship to his immigrant constituents. Last year Reported.ly launched an international newsroom across continents that facilitates conversation and uses social media for real-time reporting across languages. And this year, Meedan, a team building digital tools for global journalism and translation, is launching Bridge, an app to facilitate these connections for journalists, researchers and their communities in real time. They draw from their team’s collective experience translating social media from movements in Egypt and China.

This panel will look at their experiences of connecting people across linguistic divides via social media on local and international levels. It will also look at what producers can do to extend their reach, with emerging software, social media platforms, and growth opportunities.