This week brings you a special episode where both of our guests share the first drafts of their current works in progress. You'll hear from mentee Ayah Al-Masabi, a creative hailing from Colorado interested in fiction and nonfiction, and her mentor Anne Hellman from New York, who founded The Grandmother Project - an online archive for people to share the stories of the women who come before them. In this episode, our guests discuss Anne’s novel The Bloodroot, which is about a woman meeting the ghost of her great-grandmother in the streets of New York City, and Ayah’s long-form piece “Molly” which follows a royal family, specifically 16-year-old Molly who is coming of age in royalty. While both pieces are fiction, they are rooted in some of the realities our guests have either experienced themselves or witnessed. Listen to Anne and Ayah’s conversation about the drafting process of these fantastical pieces.
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Speaking in First Draft
Speaking In First Draft is an interview podcast platforming the current and next generation of storytellers from the nonprofit Girls Write Now. Released in March 2023, members of the Girls Write Now community share a draft of one of their works in progress and discuss both the writing process and what creative expression looks like to them. Listeners will have the opportunity to engage with the inner machinations and perspectives of writers, producers, and artists from a diversity of episodes and stories.
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