Episode 37: Braiding

No, this episode isn’t about hairstyles! Co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty discuss braided prose, which weaves together different narrative strands. Featured is an example of a braided essay, “Breathless” by Ryan Cahill from our 2019 issue, plus a shout-out to acclaimed writer Deb Olin Unferth. Justin Janorschke describes the literary magazine Wit Tea, which […]

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Episode 36: Empathy vs. Sympathy, Part Two

After last episode’s cliffhanger (which is better in writing, empathy or sympathy?) our co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty are back to discuss this writerly stand-off in greater detail. Hear Lauren Caldarella discuss her story “There Goes That” from our 2018 issue of The Mochila Review. Then hear Missouri Western State University student Julie Barber […]

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Episode 35: Empathy vs. Sympathy, Part One

When writing, is it better to feel with or for a character? Our co-hosts, Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty, discuss this very question in relation to Hannah Diaz’s “A Story Never Told” from our 2018 issue of The Mochila Review. On a slightly lighter note, our Mochila managing editor, Huey, joins the recording session to […]

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Episode 34: Addiction

Our favorite co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty delve deep into writing about addiction while discussing Meghan Dairaghi’s story “BYOB” (which appeared in The Mochila Review‘s Spring 2018 issue). Our Submission Spotlight with Justin Janorschke features two diverse magazines: Muzzle Magazine and Duende. Finally, we have our Confessions of an English Major segment featuring one of our […]

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Episode 33: Rite of Passage

Our fun-loving co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty talk about that wacky shift from child to adult–and how to write about it. We hear Jeremy Shaban read “Summer in Autumn,” the MoRe Prize-winning story in our Spring 2018 issue. Finally, Caitlin and Heather get the dirt from Zach Hill in our new segment “Confessions of […]

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Episode 32: Line Breaks

Our wonderful co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty are back to discuss coffee breaks, er, line breaks! In this episode of Mochila Chat they talk about “Chairlift” by Arlo Cristofaro-Hark from our Spring 2018 issue of The Mochila Review (which you can purchase here). We also introduce two new segments: “Submission Spotlight” with Justin Janorske, and “Confessions of […]

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Episode 31: Real Experiences

Our favorite co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty. They are here today to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on the Mochila Chat we talk about real experiences in your creative pieces. We hear a creative essay titled “Little League” by Theo Kandel from our Spring 2018 issue. We also hear “O Captain! My Captain!” by Walt Whitman read by Anne Davies. Finally, our favorite traveling co-host, Justin Janorschke, visits Columbia University. He talks about the MFA programs being offered.

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Episode 30: Creative Nonfiction

Our favorite co-hosts Caitlin Dillon and Heather Daugherty. They are here today to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on the Mochila Chat we talk about telling true stories through creative nonfiction. We hear a creative essay titled “Cleda” by Savannah Delgross from our Spring 2018 issue. We also hear “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau read by Bob Nulph. Finally, our favorite traveling co-host, Justin Janorschke, visits the University of Montana. He talks about the MFA programs being offered.

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Episode 29: Cringy Moments

Our favorite co-host Caitlin Dillon is back with our new co-host Heather Daugherty. They are here today to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on the Mochila Chat we talk about experiences that can be cringe-worthy and how some authors use their personal experiences to create beautifully written pieces of work. We hear […]

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Episode 28: Political Statements!

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on the Mochila Chat we talk about political statements and how to put your statements on paper in a way that will get your point across. We hear Morgan LeBaige’s story “Sehnsucht” from our Spring 2018 […]

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