Yep, it's a 2-hour episode...

I love this conversation, and you might not believe me but it took so much work to edit it down to under 2 hours. Jennifer Belle and Penny Arcade are both fascinating, hilarious women with staggering insights into living as an artist. I'm not saying our conversation was therapy, but it had a profound impact on me and helped me past a bump on my road as a writer. I hope you dig it.

Also, this marks the end of the first half of Season One of Speaking in a Silent Room. I'm going to take a break for a bit, then schedule some interviews and get back into it. If there's something or someone you'd like to hear in future episodes, or if you just have some general feedback about the podcast, I would love to hear them. You can find me on Twitter at @adamstovall or through the office of The Writers Room. Thank you all for listening, and I look forward to doing this all again soon!

-Adam Stovall

Host/Producer: Adam Stovall

Executive Director, The Writers Room: Donna Brodie

Music: "Envision" by Kevin MacLeod

In this episode of Speaking in a Silent Room, we welcome Jean-Christophe Castelli and discuss his beginnings as a Story Editor for the production company Good Machine and how that led to his ongoing collaboration with the director Ang Lee. We also talk about the practicalities of a career in screenwriting, the validity of clichés, and the value of an empty desk. 

Karyn Parsons is best known for her role as Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but what you might not know is that she founded Sweet Blackberry, a production company focused on showcasing educational tales of African-American history for children. In March 2019, Karyn added the title of Author to her life, when Little Brown published her first novel, How High the Moon. In our conversation, Karyn and I talk about appreciating the various phases we go through in life, the different paths to finding a story's ending, and trying to not freak out around Alicia Keys.

Madeleine Olnek has written and directed numerous plays and films, her most recent being Wild Nights with Emily which was released by Greenwich Entertainment on April 12, 2019. In this episode, we discuss writing for the stage and screen, as well as the NY Times article that inspired Ms. Olnek to embark on the decades-long quest to bring this story to life.

R.G. Belsky is an author of crime fiction and mystery, as well as a journalist, where he writes under Dick Belsky.

His most recent book, Below The Fold, the second in his Clare Carlton series, was published on May 7, 2019, by Oceanview Publishing. His previous book, Yesterday's News, the first in the Clare Carlton series, recently won The David Award for Best Mystery of 2018 at the Deadly Ink Mystery Conference. You can also find Mr. Belsky's writings in The Big Thrill magazine.

In this episode, we talk about the golden age of the tabloid newspaper, The Ramones, and whether you're a plotter or a pantser...

On August 27, 2019, Simon & Schuster releases 'The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness' by Writers Room member Kelli Harding, MD. On the eve of her first book's release, Ms. Harding sits down with Adam Stovall to talk about the long road to this moment, the many surprises she encountered during the writing of her first book, and what she hopes the future holds for both her and her readers.

Writers Room member Adam Stovall interviewed, recorded and edited the Speaking in a Silent Room podcast for The Writers Room. All interviews were conducted in Executive Director Donna Brodie’s office at The Writers Room.

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