diymfa episode 141

DIY MFA Radio Episode 141: From Short Stories to Novels — Interview with Susan Perabo

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In this week’s podcast episode, Gabriela Pereira interviews author Susan Perabo about short stories vs. novels, and what writers can learn from both forms. In their conversation, they draw examples from Susan’s new novel, The Fall of Lisa Bellow.


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