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What does it take to succeed as a writer? Join hosts J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, Kevin Tumlinson and Jena Brown as they pull back the curtain and gain rare insight from the household names found on bookshelves worldwide.

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Finding a Writing Workshop with Bestseller Jasmin Darznik

Bestseller Jasmin Darznik knows there are few things more important to an author than finding the right group of people to bounce ideas off of. Especially for newer writers, finding a good writing workshop is one of the quickest and most productive ways to uncover self confidence, improve story structure, and build a strong, supportive writing community. Jasmin has been a published author for over a decade and is well known for her bestselling debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, which explores the life of iconic Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. Her latest publication, The Bohemians, is available below.


Jasmin Darznik is the author of The Bohemians (April 2021), a novel set in 1920s San Francisco. Her debut novel, Song of a Captive Bird, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and a New York Times Book Review “Editors’ Choice” book. Darznik is also the author of the New York Times bestseller The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life. Her books have been published in seventeen countries and her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Bennington College and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Now a professor of English and creative writing at California College of the Arts, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business – editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.

Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business.

In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • What Oprah’s magazine said about The Bohemians
  • How to conduct research when writing historical fiction
  • Why writers are first-class noticers
  • Why to forget about word count
  • How to balance writing for yourself with writing for your audience


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  1. Christopher Wills

    3 years ago  

    Interesting interview today. I’m fascinated with fiction about recent real people. There may be people still alive who knew them; does Jasmin think that could be a problem?
    And I love the photos of Dorothea Lange especially her iconic photo ‘Migrant Mother’. You don’t need words to get the emotion from that photo. I’m looking forward to reading ‘The Bohemians’.
    If Jasmin wants a suggestion for a project I would love to read a fictional story based on ‘A Moveable Feast’ when the cream of American Literature (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein, etc) were living in 1920s Bohemian Paris. I’d be interested in how she would approach that.
    Would Jasmin ignore the ‘facts’ and create her own story? Because there are other accounts of 1920’s Paris like ‘That Summer in Paris’ which contradict Hemingway’s version so nobody knows what the truth really is.
    Great interview today.

    1. J. Thorn

      3 years ago  

      Great idea! 1920s Paris must have been amazing.

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