Episode 11: Alicia de los Reyes on DIY writing retreats, rejection, and being a “real” writer

Today, we have the pleasure of talking to writer Alicia de los Reyes about making time to write no matter what your circumstances are, and how she was able to take the rejection of her first novel and use it to grow as a writer.

writer alicia de los reyesAlicia is a writer based in Seattle, WA, where she lives with her husband, son, and cat. She has her MFA from University of New Hampshire. Her nonfiction has appeared in The Archipelago, The Billfold, and others, and her fiction has been published in Best New Writing 2015. She is represented by DGLM and at work on a novel.

You can find out more about Alicia at aliciadelosreyes.com, and as @likesoatmeal on Instagram and Twitter. Listen to her podcast Scratch Paper on iTunes or on Stitcher, or at her website.



In this episode:

DIY Writing Retreat – Alicia de los Reyes (PDF or Kindle)

DIY Chick Lit – Alicia de los Reyes (PDF or Kindle)

State of Wonder and The Getaway Car – Ann Patchett

Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury (you can read more about Bradbury’s personal life in this hagiography biography, The Bradbury Chronicles by Sam Weller)

Geraldine Brooks

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott (again)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

This month’s writing prompt is outside-in

Marginally is on Pinterest (sort of)

If writing really is a practice, then finishing something should be important. You should be a writer, not a starter of books. Alicia de los Reyes.