Write Here, Write Now with Jacquelyn Mitchard

folio graphicThe Salt Cay Writers Retreat is pleased to partner with Folio Literary Management to sponsor a bi-weekly podcast series featuring Salt Cay Writers Retreat faculty offering their best from-the-trenches writing advice.

Folio and Salt Cay firmly believe that books can make a difference, and that good writing and smart ideas can change our world. We hope this new writing series will give writers the tools and the inspiration they need to help them reach their publishing goals.


Jacquelyn Mitchard – 2013 SCWR faculty member

“Creating Heartbreak on the Page” – as interviewed by 2016 SCWR faculty member Jeff Kleinman

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Click on the play button (arrow icon) to begin the recording. You may stop, rewind or fast forward at anytime. To fast forward or rewind click on the red “progress” bar and slide it forward or backward.

Smartphones and tablets CLICK HERE to listen to the audio lecture. To download the podcast to your computer or mobile device, right click on THIS LINK and choose “Save Link As.”

Podcast excerpt:

“Many writers have an emotional structure that’s close to the surface. They feel things deeply. The most important part of tapping into an emotion is to understand it. The reader is going to be able to connect with the motion most readily if the writer conveys it in visceral terms.” — Jacquelyn Mitchard

jackie mitchardJacquelyn Mitchard was born in Chicago. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was published in 1996, becoming the first selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club and a number one New York Times bestseller. Eight other novels, four children’s books and six young adult novels followed, including The Midnight Twins, Still Summer, All We Know of Heaven, and The Breakdown Lane. A former daily newspaper reporter, Mitchard now is a contributing editor for Parade Magazine, and frequently writes for such publications as More magazine and Real Simple. Her essays and short stories have been widely anthologized. An adjunct professor in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at Fairfield University, she lives in Wisconsin with her husband and their nine children

JeffJeff Kleinman is a literary agent, intellectual property attorney, and founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC, a literary agency in New York and Washington, D.C., which works with all of the major U.S. publishers (and, through subagents, with most international publishers). He’s a graduate of Case Western Reserve University (J.D.), the University of Chicago (M.A., Italian), and the University of Virginia (B.A. with High Distinction in English).

As an agent, Jeff feels privileged to have the chance to learn an incredible variety of new subjects, meet an extraordinary range of people, and feel, at the end of the day, that he’s helped to build something—a wonderful book, perhaps, or an author’s career. His authors include Robert Hicks, Charles Shields, Garth Stein, Bruce Watson, and Philip Gerard.

two if by sea
deep end of the ocean
what we saw at night



Lee Child – February 18, 2016 – available now!

#1 NYTimes bestselling author of the Jack Reacher novels, on “Creating Momentum” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Steve Fisher – February 22, 2016 – available now!

Film Agent, APA, on “Assessing Your Book’s Film Potential” – CLICK HERE to listen!

David Ebershoff – February 25, 2016 available now!

#1 international bestselling author of The 19th Wife, on “A Deep Look at Editing” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Kristin Nelson – February 29, 2016 – available now!

Agent, Nelson Literary Agency, on “Query Letters and Loglines” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Robert Goolrick – March 3, 2016 available now!

#1 NYTimes bestselling author of A Reliable Wife, on “Learning to Take Risks in Your Writing” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Charles F. Adams – March 7, 2016 available now!

Editor, Algonquin Books, on “Writing Literary Fiction That Sells” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Jacquelyn Mitchard – March 10, 2016 available now!

#1 NYTimes bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, on “Creating Heartbreak on the Page” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Jill Marr – March 14, 2016 available now!

Agent, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency, on “What Literary Agents Want” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Lorenzo Carcaterra – March 17, 2016 available now!

#1 NYTimes bestselling author of Sleepers, screenwriter, producer, on “Keeping the Reader Turning the Page” – Part One – CLICK HERE to listen!

Lorenzo Carcaterra – March 21, 2016 available now!

#1 NYTimes bestselling author of Sleepers, screenwriter, producer, on “Keeping the Reader Turning the Page” – Part Two – CLICK HERE to listen!

Téa Obreht – March 24, 2016available now!

Award-winning author of The Tiger’s Wife, on “Structuring a Novel” – CLICK HERE to listen!

Jeff Kleinman – March 28, 2016

Agent, Folio Literary Management, on “How to Create Vivid Characters”

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone