Episode 152 – Ami Irmen – Character-Driven Narratives

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Ami Irmen’s favorite storyteller was her grandfather, who set her on the path to becoming an educator and a writer. Her first traditionally-published novel is coming soon from Scarsdale Publishing, while she self-published another novel, Wherever Would I Be. Her short stories and poems have appeared in Sinister Wisdom, The Copperfield Review, and Glass: A Journal of Poetry. Ami teaches writing at Kishwaukee College.

In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, host Lynne Golodner interviews Ami Irmen about her creative process, how to turn an idea into a book, which publishing route to take and how to fund a book on Kickstarter

In this episode, Lynne and Ami discuss: 

  • Teaching writing at the university level
  • The writing process
  • Finding a publisher without an agent
  • Finding time to write when you work another job
  • Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls in Kenya
  • Traditional publishing vs. self-publishing
  • Finding a cover designer
  • The teachers who inspire us to write
  • Finding community with other writers
  • Period Poverty
  • Why having a good editor is so important

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