22
Dec

LA BinderCon Workshop: Can You See It? Using Comics and Sketching to Develop your Writing

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!).

Can You See It? Using Comics and Sketching to Develop your Writing
(Betsy Streeter)

What happens when you explore your writing in a new format? Do you learn things you didn’t know about your characters? Do your ideas take a different form? What if your piece was a comic? An infographic? A single panel?

In this workshop, learn how incorporating principles of comics, cartooning, and storyboarding can open up your perspective. Learn the basics of laying out a comic, and try out your own ideas or challenge Betsy to visualize them for you. Give yourself some time and space to be silly or even confused.

The goal of this workshop is for every participant to leave with a new view of her work, and inspiration to think beyond words on a page or pixels on a screen.

21
Dec

LA BinderCon Panel: Being a Writer While Having a Life

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!).

Being a Writer While Having a Life
(Julia Fierro, Claire Bidwell Smith, Natashia Deon, Steph Cha, Caeli Widger)

The writing life requires time, focus, and discipline—in front of the computer screen, and away from it. Crafting and maintaining a “writing life” requires the mastering of an altogether different art form: the balancing act of finding time and energy for your writing, your personal life, and, often, another job (or two). Authors Julia Fierro (Cutting Teeth), Claire Bidwell Smith (Rules of Inheritance and Life After This), Natashia Deon (Grace), Steph Cha (Follow Her Home, Beware Beware & Dead Soon Enough) and Caeli Widger (Real Happy Family) reveal how they successfully juggle writing with day jobs, parenting, teaching, and other life forces, and how they craft a “room of their own” and give themselves “permission” to write–often while managing friends and loved ones who don’t see writing as “real work.”

15
Dec

Episode Four: Sara Benincasa, From Agoraphobia to ABC Pilot

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.

Making it as a writer means dealing with a lot of rejection – and learning how to persevere through pretty tough times. Novelist and memoirist Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous, DC Trip) opens up about how her struggles with mental illness gave her the resiliency she needed for a career in writing, and shares the best advice she ever got from Diablo Cody.

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Further reading:

Agorafabulous!: Dispatches From My Bedroom

Great

DC Trip

8
Dec

BinderCast Bonus: Morgan Parker Reads In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four

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 poet Morgan Parker reading “In Search of Morgan, Season Three, Episode Twenty-Four.”

Hear our full interview with Morgan in Episode Three of The BinderCast.

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1
Dec

Episode Three: How Poet Morgan Parker Balances Her Passion With Her Paycheck

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 you balance the writing you’re passionate about with the work that pays your bills? Award winning poet and Little A editor Morgan Parker (Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night) shares how she finds time to write poems about Beyonce and the Real Housewives while making a living as a publishing professional.

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Further Reading:

“My Dreams of Being a Feminist Housewife”

“Reports from the Field: White People Love Me: Dispatches from the Token”

“Matt”

24
Nov

BinderCast Bonus: Jillian Lauren Reads From Everything You Ever Wanted

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 Jillian Lauren reading a passage from her latest memoir – one that’s very relatable for just about any writer out there.

Hear our full interview with Jillian in Episode Two of The BinderCast.

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20
Nov

BinderCast Bonus: Emily Gould on Publishing and Blurbs

When we spoke to Emily Gould about writing on the internet, she also opened up a bit about her experience in publishing. That conversation didn’t make it into The BinderCast, but we’re releasing a bit of it here on our blog. Keep reading for insight on how working in publishing effects your experience as a newly published author – and how to get Jonathan Franzen to blurb your book.

LEIGH: From working in publishing, you have this background knowledge of how the whole process works.

EMILY: Yes! I thought that would be an asset. I thought that would help me in some way. I don’ think it does at all. I think it just makes you aware of what’s happening when things are going poorly. In ways that maybe you would be able to trick yourself into thinking things aren’t going as poorly if you hadn’t worked in publishing. But I know what an announced first print run means, I know the exact amount of time that your publicist taking to email you back means.

LEIGH: Right, so to someone on the outside it seems so cynical, but to you, you’re like, I know the language they speak, I know what that all means.

EMILY: And it does make it a little easier to not take things personally, that’s just how it works. Like, I’m not the most important person who anyone at FSG has to interact with on a given day. And I get that, that’s fine.

I haven’t actually – I haven’t actually gotten the gumption to ask – cause I want to ask if Jonathan Franzen would be on my podcast? You know, just to ask. He won’t, but I want to ask. And I haven’t figured out how to get in touch with Jeff Seroy at FSG and be like, “Hey Jeff, remember me? My book came out from FSG. I have a favor to ask you –”

LEIGH: Well how did you get Jonathan Franzen to blurb your essay collection?

EMILY: I have no idea how that happened. I really don’t. My editor sent it to him and he blurbed it. That was how that happened.

LEIGH: I don’t think he blurbs a lot.

EMILY: He, um – No, that’s not true. He blurbs some. He blurbs more than – he’s not Gary Shteyngart, but somewhere between John Green and Gary Shteyngart.

LEIGH: I love that comparison.

EMILY: Well, John Green famously doesn’t blurb. I think because there are so few male young adult authors that he would just get asked to blurb every book that has either a male protagonist or a male writer. Which has – that would suck, I guess.

I’m sorry we’re talking about blurbs. Let’s not –

LEIGH: We’ll move on to the internet.

EMILY: There’s no way not to be incredibly offensive, and I don’t know if people care about them at all. I think it’s this weird currency that you can only spend in this tiny realm where nothing very valuable is ever for sale.

LEIGH: That was deep.

EMILY: Yeah, oops.

Hear more from Emily in our first BinderCast episode, available on iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts. And if you like what you hear, please rate and review us (and don’t forget to subscribe for more awesome episodes!).

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17
Nov

Episode Two: Jillian Lauren Doesn’t Need Your Permission

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.

Who will give you permission to tell your story – and do you even need to ask for it? Bestselling memoirist Jillian Lauren (Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted) explains how writing two memoirs had an impact on her personal life, and what writers should (and shouldn’t) worry about before penning a true life tale.

Subscribe to The BinderCast on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you find your podcasts.

Further reading:

Jillian’s website and blog

“The Cost of Telling Your Truth, Publicly”

“No One Told Me How Hard Adoption Would Be”

6
Nov

Episode One: Roxane Gay and Emily Gould vs. The Internet

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 has the internet changed the experience of being a writer? In our inaugural episode, Leigh and Lux check in with two of the internet’s favorite writers – bestselling author and New York Times columnist Roxane Gay and author and Emily Books founder Emily Gould – to learn all about how being online has helped, harmed, and shaped their careers.

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Further reading:
“Where I Write: A Cabin on the Lakefront” by Roxane Gay

“Twitter Isn’t Killing Books” by Roxane Gay

“Two Damn Books: How I Got Here and Where I Want to Go” by Roxane Gay

“How Much My Novel Cost Me” by Emily Gould

Emily Books

“Exposed” by Emily Gould