Episode 2: Taylor Larsen

Author photo by Sylvie Rosokoff.

Author photo by Sylvie Rosokoff.

Episode 2

Taylor Larsen is a graduate of Columbia University’s MFA program in fiction writing. She has taught fiction writing at Columbia University and the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, as well as literature courses for Pace University. Taylor is an author at Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster for her novel, Stranger, Father, Beloved, which released in July 2016. Her essays have appeared in Bustle, Literary Hub, and Women Writers, Women’s Books. Originally from Alexandria, Virginia, Taylor resides with her husband in Brooklyn, NY.

Discussed in This Episode

One session, one page. Finding editors who keep your voice. The counterintuitive difficulty of writing short. First drafts as discovery. Back up your files, people! Courting your characters and keeping your ego in check. "The great stream of literature." Writing from the head (bad) versus writing from the gut (good). The harsh reality of advances. Being your own agent first. 

Recommended Reading

Stranger, Father, Beloved by Taylor Larsen (Amazon | IndieBound)
Death in Venice by Thomas Mann (Amazon | IndieBound)
A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert (Amazon | IndieBound)
   

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