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I talk to Jim in his hotel room where it’s just the two of us but then…why is John Kessel offering to take off his clothes? We talk about VP and other workshops as well as Jim’s gig at the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA program in Maine and the surprising number of VP students who […]

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Laura J. Mixon and Emily Mah. Emily was at VP X but she also went to Clarion West five years before. We that about what she learned and how she compares the two. This interview was conducted near Portales, New Mexico on the ranch of the Williamson Cattle Company. This shack was hand built by […]

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Tiptree Award Shortlisted author Sandra McDonald tells us how she embarassed herself in front of James Patrick Kelly, what she learned, and why she is humiliated to this day.  Also Dave Thompson on cutting the prologue and inventing swear words.

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I interview David Thompson, David Barr Kirtley, Lisa Moore (not shown), Sharon Mock, and Zak Jarvis and more. Eight people in a hotel room. No video. Use your imagination. We should’ve take a group shot but then the mystery would be diminished. Also Linda Daly on her VP Experience in one word.

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Cory Doctorow, newest Viable Paradise instructor (but by no means the least experienced,) talks to us about the differences and similarities between VP and the six-week-long Clarion Writer’s Workshop and his initial (but short lived) skepticism about VP’s effectiveness. We talk about writer couples, assumptions, and the brilliant YA books of Kathe Koja. Also Barbar […]

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Once upon a time in a misty sea, there was a workshop. Jim Macdonald and Debra Doyle tell of its mythic underpinnings. Also Zak Jarvis on happier corpses.

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Interview with current Nebula and Hugo nominee, Paul Melko. What I Leaned by Laura Strickman. Dances of Death and finding your community.

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Jennifer Pelland on her experience way back in 2002–VP VI. That’s Six. Like Battlestar Galactica. Six. Also Mac Stone on FEAR.

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Greg (VP III) tells us about dropping a major SF editor to the floor and how it has nothing to do with one of his obsessions, Martial Arts. And, more seriously, about the things he learned on that island in the misty sea. Also Evelyn Brown on frog sex.

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I Should Be Writing

Mur Lafferty gave us permission to add her Drunken Revel’s Edition of I Should Be Writing to our feed. Not safe for work or children or goats. This was the end-of-week, blow-off-steam party at Viable Paradise X. There is drinking, there is cursing, there is laughing.

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Direct Feed Subscribe with iTunes The inaugural download. I talk with Mur Lafferty, well known podcaster and writer, about her experience as a student at Viable Paradise X in the fall of 2006. Mur also podcast about this experience in a special edition of her popular show, I Should Be Writing. Listen to the wild, […]

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