First Draft with Sarah Enni
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The incisive, fascinating interview-based podcast First Draft with Sarah Enni has officially reached its 200th episode, and in celebration, host and YA author Sarah Enni has created a very special episode to celebrate everything that makes the podcast distinctive: a compilation of some of her past guests answering pointed questions about their creative process, such as "What do you do besides writing that makes you a skillful storyteller?" Josh Gondelman, Veronica Roth, Will Hines, Leigh Bardugo, Jason Reynolds, Julie Buxbaum and many more lent their voices to the 200th episode, which you can listen to right here.
Founded in 2014, First Draft with Sarah Enni is a weekly podcast that features honest, meaningful conversations with storytellers about their unique perspectives on the creative process, and provides more transparency about the professional side of artistic endeavors. Quite simply, Sarah really goes there with her guests and the resulting conversations are raw, informative and often therapeutic. First Draft has featured interviews with dozens of New York Times best-selling writers, as well as Emmy and Peabody-winning writers, and winners of the Caldecott Award, the William C. Morris Young Adult Debut award, the Michael El. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. To date, the podcast has been downloaded nearly half a million times.
About Sara Enni:
Sarah Enni writes young adult books, and is the creator and host of the First Draft podcast. She was born in Seattle, and has lived all over the continental U.S., eventually landing in Los Angeles, where she lives now with her cat, Hammer. Sarah has been writing--zines, fake newspapers, yearbook copy, English essays, original astrology signs--since forever. Her first job out of college was reporting on radioactive waste for a trade publication. Sick of her job, on the verge of divorce, and starved for inspiration, Sarah started First Draft as a way to connect with other writers by hearing their challenges, fears, and tales of creative endurance. Armed with a mic and a destination, Sarah hit the road on two-month, 6,600-mile cross-country road trip in 2014, gathering more than 60 interviews. She eventually arrived in Los Angeles but decided the project was far from done. The podcast now has more than 200 episodes, and has been downloaded nearly half a million times. And she hopes it's just the beginning. Her debut young adult novel, Tell Me Everything, is out now. You can read her short story in the New York Times best-selling villain anthology, Because You Love To Hate Me, also out now.