Why I Write

Why I Write podcast is produced by the National Council of Teachers of English and hosted by C.C. Chapman of "Accident Hash" fame. Why I Write is a bi-weekly podcast similar to Lifehacker's "How I Work" series in which we delve into the topic of writing by talking with authors from variety genres and methods to hear their take on writing and its importance both in their lives and how it should be important in each of ours.
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Mar 31, 2017

In the days following the Inauguration, I read The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet and instantly knew that I had to have Carmen Agra Deedy as a guest on the podcast.

Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the US as a refugee in 1964.

Carmen grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she still lives today. She has been writing books for children for over two decades and shows no signs of slowing down.

Over the course of her writing career, she has been nominated and won a variety of awards.  She is beloved by parents, teachers and children alike.

During our conversation, we discussed a variety of topics. I loved how open, honest, and direct she was. Her passion for story and writing shines through from the very first moments and lasted throughout our conversation.

After you listen to this episode of Why I Write, I encourage you to take another few minutes to watch Carmen’s TEDxCharlottesville talk Imagine a World Without Stories.

You can find out about her upcoming appearances, new books, and happenings on her website.


Mar 7, 2017

Over the course of my life, I’ve crossed paths with a variety of amazing people and one of those is journalist Ellen McGirt.

She is an award-winning business journalist specializing in long form profiles.

Currently, she writes a daily column covering race, culture, and leadership for Fortune called raceAhead. Every day when it arrives in my inbox, I stop whatever I’m doing and immediately read it.

During her time at Fast Company, she wrote a number of high profile cover stories about a variety of people including President Obama, Matt Damon, and Mark Zuckerberg.

We discuss all of this, the important role teachers played in her life, and the cross-country storytelling trip she took in the months following September 11th.

Sit down with us on Ellen McGirt’s back porch on a beautiful spring day  and find out why she writes.