Steven Wingate writes to learn foundational truths such as: Who are we? And, why do we behave the way we do? A resident of South Dakota, Steven sets his novels in the center of America, known as the heartland, flyover country or a big open expanse of unbridled wilderness. He writes about this place that he calls home to showcase its beauty and its people. Two of his books, The Leave Takers and Of Fathers and Fire have found acclaim in the Nebraska Flyover Fiction series.
In the latest episode of the Make Meaning Podcast, Steven speaks with host Lynne Golodner about teaching writing at South Dakota State University, his writing process, family and finding his voice. He believes we have many authentic voices inside us, and writing is all about tuning into the voice that speaks best for each story. He says good writing is when you feel resonance between the stories and yourself.
In this episode, Lynne and Steven discuss:
- How writing helps process experiences
- Reclaiming the flyover states
- New media and experimental forms for writing
- Helping students find the best ways to express themselves
- Stripping off armor to discover that we have always been enough
Links and Resources;
- Robert Frost quote
- Pablo Picasso quote
- Native American Writers
- Jewish Writers
- Women Writers
- Michigan Writers
- University of Nebraska Press
- Ron Hansen
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Coming up next on the Make Meaning Podcast:
Lynne interviews Elizabeth Gowing, a writer based in Kosovo and the U.K., who is also founder of The Ideas Partnership, on the importance of education, writing, and protecting cultural heritage and the environment as well as how helping others gain equity and access is the key to finding your life purpose.
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