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With author Elizabeth Harrin



Writing is a compelling pursuit for many teens. But how many of them keep writing as adults, and how many of those actually build a writing career? This week’s guest has done all of the above, and today she shares her experiences with us.

Elizabeth Harrin is an award-winning poet who has published in a variety of magazines, including Mslexia, Aesthetica, and nthposition. Her poetry has been published in the anthologies Perhaps (2005, Cinnamon Press) and Voices from the Heart (1995, Embroidered Dimensions, in aid of the Big Issue poets).

Her seven years’ journalism experience includes articles published in many UK and US, print and online magazines and newspapers like Health Education, Writer’s Monthly, and Practical Caravan.

Her nonfiction book, Project Management in the Real World, was published by the British Computer Society in November 2006.

Join Elizabeth and host Paula B. as they look at writers young and not-so-young, including:

  • What kind of writing she did as a teen
  • What it was like to publish two literary magazines
  • How she and her friends got author Jeffrey Archer to contribute to their magazine
  • How she segued from writing poetry as a teen to writing articles for mainstream publications
  • How she got into book writing
  • What her writing goals are now
  • What advice she would give to young writers who want to carve out a career in the field.

Interviewee: Elizabeth Harrin
Host: Paula B
Date: April 9, 2007
Running time: 01:00:22
File size: 37 megabytes
Rating: G
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