The Long Conversation

Weekly conversations on the craft of writing

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Unstuck Yourself!

Keyword brainstorming, freewriting exercises, my favorite prompts, and more ways to find your next great essay idea

2 🔒 Jul 26, 2021 by Rachel Jepsen

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Chaotic Good

Or, how to stop hating yourself and start writing.

7 Jul 19, 2021 by Rachel Jepsen

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How to find your writing “voice.”

Introducing The Long Conversation: The Newsletter

11 Jul 12, 2021 by Rachel Jepsen

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#19 - Welcome to another edition of Thunderdome

Rachel brings together Nathan and special guest Evan Armstrong to discuss the writing and editing processes that led to their hit pieces fro

0 May 28, 2021

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#18 - Unsticking yourself (Part I)

Pulling from an anti-writer's block resource created for Every writers and readers, Rachel takes Dan and Nathan on a journey through a word

1 May 14, 2021

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#17 - When the feeling stops, I’ll stop

Rachel, Dan, Nathan and Taylor welcome new Every lead writer Evan Armstrong—the new voice behind Napkin Math—to the podcast. Topics include:

2 Apr 23, 2021

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#16 - Specificity informs intimacy

Rachel, Nathan, and Taylor welcome Kieran O'Hare, an Every writer and editor whose recent Superorganizers profile of Dan Shipper took an ent

2 Apr 15, 2021

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#15 - Restful Writing

This week, Rachel greets Dan, Nathan, and Taylor with a writing exercise: what is it like when your house is completely silent? Answering th

3 Apr 8, 2021

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TLC Podcast #14 - What, Me Worry? Workshopping Dan Shipper

Rachel and Taylor join Dan to workshop his upcoming essay on something everyone has feelings about: Worry. Topics include: how we might chan

1 Mar 19, 2021

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TLC Podcast #13: Creativity for Non-Creatives

With a temporary exodus by Taylor and Nathan, Rachel and Dan are left alone for a playdate. The two explore an important question: how can p

1 Mar 2, 2021

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TLC Podcast #12: Restful Reading

After Rachel, Nathan and Taylor provide a diverse array of reading recs for Dan's in-home vacation, the TLC crew wonders: why do we read wha

4 Feb 18, 2021

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TLC Podcast 11: What’s So Impressive About A Diamond Except the Mining?

With special guest Fadeke Adegbuyi in the room this week, the gang discusses her upcoming essay on the tracking app Spoonbill, the tensions

0 Feb 9, 2021

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TLC Podcast #10: Fresh Brains

Accessing excitement and announcing the self in writing

1 Feb 1, 2021

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TLC Podcast #9: The Proximate Causes of My Excitement

Returning for the new year’s first conversation, Rachel asks Dan and Nathan about how their writing collaboration mirrors their unique busin

1 Jan 26, 2021

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TLC Podcast #8: The Body Question

Having spent the week responding to a prompt—What does it feel like to be alive?—Rachel and the Bundle writers spend their final hour of the

2 Dec 21, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC Podcast #7: Coming Into Language

After talking through questions of editorship and delegating, Rachel, Dan, Nathan and Adam turn their attention to the week’s reading: Helen

5 Dec 14, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC #8: The Body Question

"a ringing sense of mortality underscores everything we write" -Maggie Nelson

1 Dec 14, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC #7: **Next Week**

A scheduling update for our next episode

1 Dec 4, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC #7: Coming Into Language

"I did not know that I was spelling a word or even that words existed."

6 Dec 1, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC Podcast #6: The Omniscient Writer

After a writing exercise where the panelists explored different career paths they might have followed, Dan, Adam, and Taylor talk through th

4 Nov 24, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC Podcast #5: Writing As a Way of Being Part II, with Robert Yagelski

Rachel and the writers (including guest panelist Fadeke Adegbuyi!) welcome the author of Writing as a Way of Being, Dr. Robert P. Yagelski—o

4 Nov 16, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC #6: The Omniscient Writer

I dwell in Possibility -Emily Dickinson

7 Nov 15, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC #5: Writing as a Way of Being, p. 2, with Robert P. Yagelski

Hello! You’re getting this email because you signed up to attend The Long Conversation, a live show dedicated to the crafts of writing, read

2 Nov 11, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC Podcast #4: Writing as a Way of Being

Taking cues from Robert Yagelski’s Writing as a Way of Being, Rachel guides the panel through pedagogy. At the end of a taxing week, how can

2 Nov 9, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen

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TLC Podcast #3: Ask a Journalist, with John H. Richardson

The team talks to John H. Richardson, award-winning journalist for publications including Esquire and GQ — and Rachel’s dad! — about structu

0 Nov 5, 2020 by Rachel Jepsen