THE FAIL SAFE

a podcast about writing & failure

 

The Fail Safe

We dig failure.


The Fail Safe podcast explores how today’s most successful writers grapple with and learn from creative failure. From the blank page to the broken sentence, we examine the many challenges and pitfalls of the literary life and discover how authors transform false starts, dead ends, and assorted blunders into works of literary genius. Produced collaboratively by draft: the journal of process and The Iowa Writers’ House, The Fail Safe provides encouragement for anyone who’s ever wanted to write and pulls back the curtain on the creative process for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the writer-at-work.

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Alexander Chee

ALEXANDER CHEE is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic,...

Carmen Maria Machado

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO’s debut book, Her Body and Other Parties, is a finalist for the National Book Award and the Kirkus...

Lauren Haldeman

LAUREN HALDEMAN is the author of Instead of Dying (winner of the 2017 Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 2017), Calenday (Rescue...

Kristen Radtke

KRISTEN RADTKE is the author of the graphic nonfiction book Imagine Wanting Only This (Pantheon, 2017). She is the art director and New York...