Tag Archives: Writers on Writing Links

Interviews with Ray Bradbury, Anne Lamott, and more

I was exploring YouTube, feeling a bit of self-pity over not having the money to go to various out-of-state writer’s conferences this year, and discovered an amazing collection of recorded interviews and speeches done at the yearly writer’s conference “Writer’s Symposium by the Sea” run by Point Loma Nazarene University.

The symposium has recordings of two of my favorite writers, Ray Bradbury and Anne Lamott.  I’ve always longed to go to a writer’s conference to hear them speak about the craft of writing (I have their advice books on writing).   I felt like a huge present had just been dropped in my lap.

Here’s a link to the speech by Ray Bradbury, the interview with Ray Bradbury, and the interview with Anne Lamott at YouTube.

You can use search terms like “Writer’s Symposium by the Sea” or “Point Loma Nazarene University” to try and find out what is out there.  So far I’ve discovered talks by: Anne Lamott, Ray Bradbury, Donald Miller, Barbara Bradley, Bill Moyers, Gary Hart, Phillip Yancey, Gay Talese, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton, and more.

Good luck exploring!

Neil Gaiman’s Journal – Inside the head of a successful fiction writer

Neil Gaiman is best known for his fantasy writing in comics (such as the SANDMAN series), novels, children’s books, and screenplays. He’s hit various bestseller lists over the years, and has received 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, and more.

I got introduced to his journal about three years ago and I’ve been reading it ever since.  His journal is an amalgam of answered letters from readers, commentary about his life as a writer, reviews of other authors of note, discussions about free speech, links to intriguing websites, and whatever else catches his eye.

There is a search tool for the website, so you can dig around to see if he has posted on a subject of interest.  There are also answers to common questions hidden away in the FAQs section.

Stephen King interviewed in-depth by Mark Lawson on BBC4

I just discovered this in-depth interview with Stephen King done by Mark Lawson on BBC4.   No matter what your opinion about King’s work, this is a useful in-depth exploration of what it’s like to be a fiction writer.  King talks about a writer’s life and how much of it goes into fiction, about the desperation of wanting to be a writer, blunt commentary on his first published book CARRIE, the struggle of being a novelist when you’re a teacher, the marketing labels put on writers, the difference between how genre writers are treated in America versus England, etc. etc.

This was a lot of fun to watch with a big mug of tea. Sort of like visiting your successful Uncle and his guest, and listening to them chat about the writer’s life before dinner.