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With Catherine Ann Jones, author of The Way of Story: The Craft and Soul of Writing


"Stories have a sacred dimension, not because of gods but because a man or woman's sense of self and her world is created through them."

--From The Way of Story, by Catherine Ann Jones

This week's guest believes there's a vital connection between the self and the story one tells. In this inspiring interview, she explains why each writer must make a personal journey.

Catherine Ann Jones is an award-winning writer whose films include "The Christmas Wife" (Jason Robards), "Unlikely Angel" (Dolly Parton), "Angel Passing" (Hume Cronyn, Calista Flockhart) which screened at Sundance and went on to win fifteen awards, and the TV series, "Touched by an Angel." Ten of her plays, including Calamity Jane and On the Edge, have been produced both in and outside of New York City. Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Award among others, Ms. Jones, a Fulbright Scholar to India, has served on the writing faculties of The New School University (NYC), University of Southern California (L.A.), Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the Esalen Institute.

Ms. Jones lives in Ojai, lectures internationally, and recently published a book on narrative writing and professional memoir, The Way of Story.

Please join Catherine Ann Jones and Paula B. as they explore:

  • How stories and the self are connected
  • How writers can journey into the self
  • How story is important to people who don't write
  • What determines the success of a story
  • How memory helps writers
  • What the role of the writer in society is.

Interviewee: Catherine Ann Jones
Host: Paula B.
Date: May 18, 2008
Running time: 46:20
File size: 22 megabytes
Rating: G
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