Jessica Wilbanks, memoirist

Are you a voracious reader who is disappointed that Claudia Rankine-level magic isn’t happening when you sit down to write? We relate! In this episode, the brilliant memoirist Jessica Wilbanks holds our hands as we cross the gap to recognizing good writing and then actually doing it, performing the juggling act of nailing the right voice for your personal essays, and figuring out how to make your life interesting to people other than yourself and your best friend. We’ve particularly fallen in love with how Jessica thinks about success in writing as not inundant wealth and copies sold, because the “books that have really changed [her] life are not books that most people have read.”

(Plus, Avengers: Endgame spoilers. Sorry, but if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re probably never going to.)

You can find more from Jessica on Twitter, Instagram, and her website which includes her blog and a full list of publications.

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Jessica’s Writing We Discussed

Suggested Reads and Honorable Mentions from Jessica

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