Season 9

Here are our season 9 shows! Click the links to watch them or to listen.

And remember, these are our interviews, there are a whole load of other crazy fun shows. LIVE shows and writing tips. Check them out on our podcast and YouTube channel.

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Times thriller of the month & CWA dagger winning author & journalist Holly Watt on The WCCS.

Author.

Holly started her career at the Sunday Times, before moving to the Daily Telegraph. During six years at the Telegraph, she was the Whitehall Editor and jointly ran the investigations team. She then moved to work on the Guardian's investigations team.

Holly has been nominated for a wide range of #journalism prizes, winning awards for her work on stories including MPs’ Expenses at the Telegraph and the Panama Papers at the Guardian.

She has reported from a wide range of countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Libya, Jordan and Lebanon. As well as flying around the world on everything from Lynx helicopters to Air Force One, Holly also worked as an undercover journalist.

In 2008, she was the Laurence Stern Fellow, spending several months working at the Washington Post.

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200 episodes of The WCCS with Mario Dell'Olio!

Author.

Jane Shemilt is an internationally-acclaimed, best-selling author of psychological suspense novels. Because of very annoying and frustrating technical difficulties, Jane was unable to join the show. Luckily, the brilliant Mario Dell'Olio (https://t.co/d0hSUsiOke) joined and celebrated with me.

 

We talked about his latest book, Letters From Italy, writing, life, music, and more. There are lots to learn about in this episode, from basic writing tips on how music can influence your creativeness. 

We celebrated 200 episodes of The Writing Community Chat Show. This show has seen 200 plus guests join the live show.

 

We have heard some amazing life stories, writing journeys, tips and we have all laughed many times on this show. Many beers have been drunk! I can't thank you all enough for your support. I feel so honored to be the host of this show and you all make me feel valued and that the hours put into this show are worth it. Thank you.
 

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Writing fast paced thrillers with Femi Kayode.

Lawyer, essayist, poet & author.

Femi Kayode is a Nigerian clinical psychologist, lawyer, essayist, poet and author. Kayode has spent the past twenty years working in advertising and has been the creator and writer of several TV shows that aired on Prime Time. In between, he went to the University of Southern California where he was a Packard Gates Fellow in Film. He was also a University of Washington Gates Fellow in International Health. Kayode has also attended the University of East Anglia, from where he graduated with a crime fiction MA. It was at UEA that ‘Lightseekers,” his debut novel won the UEA/Brown, Little Crime Fiction Award.


LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA GOLD DAGGER

'A standout thriller... A stunning murder mystery... The suspense is expertly handled' Independent

'Tense and disturbing' Observer

Selected as a Best Crime Novel of the Month by The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Guardian, Observer, Financial Times and Irish Times.

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How to write inclusively, with Inclusive AF author Jen O'Ryan.

Author & diversity and inclusion strategist.

How to write inclusively, with #Inclusive AF author Jen O'Ryan. Dr. Jen O’Ryan is a #diversity and inclusion strategist focused on helping people build authentically inclusive and welcoming companies. She brings a unique perspective to organizational change, combining a Ph.D. in Human Behavior with over 20 years of experience in leading global launches of new consumer experiences, products and policy. She is the author of Inclusive AF, a blogger, consultant, and workshop facilitator. 

Inclusive AF:
This book is designed for anyone thinking about Inclusion and Diversity in their business or organization. It provides practical advice on safely and effectively leading culture change. Whether you are one person working with zero budget, or have funding and an enthusiastic team supporting the effort, there is something in here for you.

In Inclusive AF: A Field Guide for Accidental Diversity Experts, Dr. Jen O'Ryan offers a three-part roadmap for anyone implementing inclusion and diversity initiatives in the workplace: how to launch projects from the initial concept to post-delivery activities, lead people through cultural change, and design inclusive programs for #LGBTQ+ individuals (and everyone else).
 

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The instant Sunday Times bestseller. The Unmumsy Mum, AKA Sarah Turner on The WCCS!

Author.

"What is even more incredible is that Sarah Turner has now had 3 number 1 Sunday Times bestsellers!" 

Sarah Turner, AKA The Unmumsy Mum, used her experiences and struggles as a mother to write a blog. That blog was a success. So many related to Sarahs reality, and many more were inspired by it. Soon after, Sarah started writing a book about motherhood. In 2018, she released The Unmumsy Mum, quoted as "the messy, maddening, hilarious reality; how there is no 'one size fits all' approach; and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing." This book became an instant No.1 Sunday Times bestseller! An achievement many authors can only dream of. What is even more incredible is that Sarah Turner has now had 3 number 1 Sunday Times bestsellers! 

Stepping Up is Sarah's latest release. It dropped in March of this year and as you can see below has received incredible praise, hitting the number 1 spot once again! 


**THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER**

'Written with such love and heart. Sarah has done an exceptional job of marrying her trademark comedy with deep and raw emotion. I loved it!' GIOVANNA FLETCHER
 

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Writing around the world with Pier Nirandara.

Author. Film producer. Underwater photographer. A storyteller at heart.

Pier Nirandara is an #author, #filmproducer, and #underwaterphotographer. She began her career as Thailand’s youngest English-writing author of three #1 national bestselling novels, multiple graphic novels, and short stories with more than 200,000 copies sold in multiple languages.

Since then, she has represented literary clients at ICM Partners, served as Director of Development for International Content at Sony’s Columbia Pictures, and most recently as VP of Film & TV at A-Major Media, Hollywood’s first Asian-American driven production company. As literary ambassador for the Bangkok Metropolitan/UNESCO, she has spoken at TEDx events and international book fairs, was shortlisted for the S.E.A. Write’s ASEAN Young Writers Award, and judges for film and writing competitions at USC, UCLA, and the Neilson Hays Library. 

Pier is also a PADI AmbassaDiver™ and the founder of Hollywood Sharks, the industry’s first diving club, and leads expeditions to swim with marine wildlife. An advocate for solo female travel, she has visited over 90 countries across 7 continents. 

 

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From stand-up to writing & directing, with Kristen Van Nest.

Author, comedian & actor.

This week we learned about how Kristen Van Nest went from stand-up to writing & directing.

 

Kristen Van Nest is a comedian, writer, actor, and director based in Los Angeles, CA. She's a House, Team performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade is training with Lesly Kahn, and is a Series Regular on The Chunky Zeta on Amazon Prime.

 

She started her comedic career in Shanghai doing stand-up and improv.

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Writing, musicals & directing at 11, with Terry Geo.

Self-published author & director.

​Terry Geo wrote and directed his first play at age eleven. At sixteen, he started work in television, writing scripts and becoming the youngest director in the country.

After a short stint in a boyband, Terry went back to #writing, editing two national publications. He toured the world as an actor, moved to London, and in 2017, wrote and directed an award-nominated musical for the London stage.

Terry is the author of two books: Refraction and The Cracked Reflection.

He is currently writing and practicing a live performance for #TheEdinburghFringeFestival which is coming very soon!

Support him and buy his books here: https://refractedworld.com/