WHAT'S IT TAKE TO BE A WRITER?
Episode 01: A Writer Writes
Series debut. Host Howard Gunston wants to be a writer when he grows up so he chats with a trio of scribblers from the Calderone family. Recommended ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Episode 02: A Work in Progress
Only one thing stands between Carri Horner and an MFA degree - her thesis. Horner gets technical on craft, shares the dangers of red dy food coloring, and breaks down why Howard Gunston won't survive the zombie apocalypse. Recommended ice cream: Ben & Jerry's Red Velvet Cake.
Episode 03: A Debut Novel
Matthew Seery turns a love of music into his first book, "The Record Prophets." Listener gets a crash course in self-publishing, learns music is dead, and why the number thirty-seven trumps eighty-six. Recommended ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Episode 09: A Different Type of Story
Scientist Paul Lawrence writes a technical story without vivacious verbs, argues on behalf of cherry garcia, and contemplates a unique zombie setting. Artie reads another manuscript, Listener gets a not-so-classified briefing about Plum Island, and Howie’s literary bones creak. Recommended ice cream: Cherry Garcia.
Episode 10: A Truth to Write
WcIC returns with apologies and a flashback. Marine Ecologist Carl Safina brings the reader with him, Howie opens the pit of despair, and Listener gets another crack at the writing prompt.
Episode 11: A Book's Buzz
Writer Susan Scarf Merrell ditches a manuscript that won’t sell, Writers comma Ice Cream ventures outside, and Howie struggles with his work-in-progress.
Episode 12: A Question Answered
Season Finale. Howie makes sense of the season, the visual prompt is revealed, and the guests of Writers comma Ice Cream offer Listener an intergalactic send-off.
Episode 04: A Traditional Debut
Writing gets real for author Robert Halliwell. The editors of Dreamspinner Press pounce, a dream comes true at Disney World, and self-publishing goes head-to-head with traditional publishing. Recommended ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Episode 05: A NY Times Bestseller
Debut author Judy Mandel puts a marketing plan to the ultimate test. Amazon gets trumped by the NY Times, research notes make great house decor, and Barnes and Noble hearts a memoir. Recommended ice cream: chocolate gelato.
Episode 06: A Career Change
Poet Cathy Linh Che earns that capital W. She swaps a mortgage down payment for an MFA, gives her notice at work, and wins book of the year. Recommended ice cream: listener’s choice!
Episode 07: A Lot of Books
Author Lee Mandel spins a writing prompt into a career, Tweets times three, and publishes another book. Host Howard Gunston writes a plotless story, and Listener learns a secret about Ashleigh Royce and Holleigh James. Recommended ice cream: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.
Episode 08: A YA Firecracker
Author Patty Blount writes a book in 7 weeks, gets serious about chocolate, and wins an award. Listener learns about high concept, Artie earns a new title, and Howie's dreams are crushed. Recommended ice cream: Chocolate Therapy.