Since 2005, The Writing Show has provided information and inspiration for writers. Paula Berinstein has produced over 270 podcasts with relevant and useful knowledge for writers, along with the encouragement all writers, especially new ones, require. Paula, the author of seven published books and oodles of articles, has interviewed writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenplays, comics, and plays, and has also covered nearly every conceivable subject related to writing, such as marketing, illustrating, tax help for writers, and publishing- every writers' dream. There's also a variety of commentaries, guest host interviews, and roundtable discussions. If you're a writer and want to advance your skills, or if you want to write but don't know where to begin, this podcast is a tremendous, FREE resource you can use to boost you're writing to the next level. I started listening in April of 2007, and the education I gained (and continue to gain) is priceless.
Not only does The Writing Show offer podcasts about every type of writing, there are interactive features, and an opportunity to be a part of a community of writers. Since 2006, The Writing Show has sponsored the yearly First Chapter of a Novel Contest. Paula also offers mentoring and editing services for one-on-one help with your writing projects. On February 14th, 2010, Paula announced the next new series: The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop. Listeners will have the chance to anonymously send in the first chapters of their novels and nonfiction books (including memoir), as well as entire short stories. If their work is chosen to be read on the show, it will be tried out on Paula and freelance editor Ann Paden to see if the writing is agent-ready. If not, Paula and Ann will tell the writer (anonymously!) why they wouldn't ask to see more as agents. An agent will rarely take the time to tell a writer what needs improved in the work to make it publishable, and for Writing Show listeners, this is a component of the podcast that can save years of time and frustation.
To listen to The Writing Show is to have a teacher, book, class, and a cheerleader wrapped up in an MP3. Best of all, you can pick and choose what you want to listen to (although I highly recommend listening to them all, which I'm still working on), and shape your own writing life. The Writing Show has the tools to help you achieve your writing goals through every step of the process.