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The BinderCast is the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers across genres and writing fields. In each episode, co-hosts Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein tackle the essential questions of making it as a writer: when should you write for free? How do you balance your art with your day job? Who will give you permission to tell your story? The BinderCast is a production of Out of the Binders, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to increasing the diversity of voices in t ...
 
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How does a single mom go from cleaning houses to cashing an advance for a memoir? For Stephanie Land, it was all thanks to the Binders community. In this episode of The BinderCast, recorded at BinderCon this past October, Land tells the story of how an online community helped her take her career to places she'd never dreamt of – and the smart moves…
 
Danielle Dutton reads an excerpt from Margaret the First, in which the narrator (Margaret Cavendish) describes the plays she is writing to be performed by an all-women troupe, at a time when women were forbidden to act on the English stage. The dialogue is between two male characters in one of these plays, Monsieur Take-pleasure and Dick.…
 
But she does support the writing of women. This week, we're chatting about what it means to be a woman in the heavily male world of writing -- whether you're Margaret Cavendish, the 17th century protagonist of Danielle Dutton's Margaret the First, or a modern day writer like Nell Zink, one of the breakout stars published by Dutton's Dorothy Project…
 
Between Netflix, Amazon, Seeso, and every other streaming platform out there, there's never been quite so much opportunity for TV writers — but how, exactly, does an aspiring screenwriter break into the biz and get herself a deal? On this week's episode of The BinderCast, Danger & Eggs creator Shadi Petosky shares how she went from designing websit…
 
Getting your story out there, in the way you want it to be told, is always a struggle — especially when you're relying on someone else to package and market that story appropriately. For Wendy C. Ortiz, whose first book told the story of her taboo relationship with her middle school English teacher, finding a publisher who understood her story, and…
 
Motherhood is often treated as the defining experience of a woman's life – whether or not she wants kids, the decision is usually treated as a major, and potentially life changing, conversation. Mira Ptacin's been on both sides of the equation: her memoir, Poor Your Soul, chronicles her decision to terminate her first pregnancy; shortly before its …
 
These days, it's not enough to just be a good writer. You've also got to have a brand, and you need to be something of a savvy marketer to boot. Sex worker turned writer Charlotte Shane knows a thing or two about selling it. In this week's episode, she talks about why she picked escorting over academia, how sex work gave her the freedom to hone her…
 
Soap operas. Romance novels. Fan fiction. They're some of the most derided genres of writing – and they also happen to be the forms of writing most readily associated associated with women. On this episode of The BinderCast, Lux and Leigh check in with best selling author Danielle Paige about getting her start in soaps, updating The Wizard of Oz fo…
 
Join podcast rockstars Stephanie Foo (This American Life), Manoush Zomorodi (Note to Self), Ann Heppermann (The Sarah Awards), and Jenn Baker (The Minorities in Publishing Podcast) as they share tips, tricks, and strategies for succeeding in the world of podcasting. This conversation took place last November at BinderCon NYC. For more great BinderC…
 
This week Antiques Roadshow is in Akron, Ohio. What treasures might we find? TempGirl finally basks in the glow of the Big Copier… but does she get tanned or burned? Find out in this new thrilling installment of The Adventures of TempGirl #7. In Superhero and Supervillain Walk into a Bar, superhero Accelerator and supervillain Dumb Blonde share a d…
 
For many of us, writing is a lonely, solitary activity - so how do you make the transition to writing as a member of a team? Late Night with Seth Meyers writer and Totally Biased alum Aparna Nancherla talks about going from being a stand up comedian to a team member in a TV writers' room, and what she learned along the way. For more on Aparna, chec…
 
How do our families shape our careers? What role do mentors play in helping us get ahead? Award winning screenwriter Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married) shares how being the daughter of Hollywood royalty helped her get places that women of color don’t normally go – and how she persuaded Jonathan Demme to direct her first film. For more on Jenny, c…
 
Making it as a writer means dealing with a lot of rejection — and learning how to persevere through pretty tough times. Novelist and memoirist Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous, DC Trip) opens up about how her struggles with mental illness gave her the resiliency she needed for a career in writing, and shares the best advice she ever got from Diablo Co…
 
How do you balance the writing you're passionate about with the work that pays your bills? Award winning poet and Little A editor Morgan Parker (Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night) shares how she finds time to write poems about Beyonce and the Real Housewives while making a living as a publishing professional. For more on Morgan, check out…
 
Who will give you permission to tell your story – and do you even need to ask for it? Bestselling memoirist Jillian Lauren (Some Girls, Everything You Ever Wanted) explains how writing two memoirs had an impact on her personal life, and what writers should (and shouldn't) worry about before penning a true life tale. For more on Jillian, check out o…
 
How has the internet changed the experience of being a writer? In our inaugural episode, Leigh and Lux check in with two of the internet's favorite writers - bestselling author and New York Times columnist Roxane Gay and author and Emily Books founder Emily Gould - to learn all about how being online has helped, harmed, and shaped their careers.…
 
Who really checks bestselling author Roxane Gay's email? And what's the best piece of advice comedian Sara Benincasa ever got from Diablo Cody? Welcome to The BinderCast, the only podcast exclusively devoted to women and gender non-conforming writers and their careers. Co-hosted by Lux Alptraum and Leigh Stein, each episode tackles the essential qu…
 
You've been to destination weddings, showers, and bar mitzvahs, so why not a destination funeral? At the end of Destination Shiva, we guarantee you'll be booking your next shiva with Sherri Lukshnkugel at the Shmaltzengribenes Resort & Spa. In Pluto's Really Great Ad Agency, Uncle Pluto convenes a (not-so-)creative team meeting with Biff, Saucey, a…
 
From our sixth episode, The Women's Shoppe features all of our actresses. In fact, there were more parts than actors and Wendy had to do double duty as the mom in the beginning and then later as the woman too embarrassed to say "menopause" out loud. So stop by The Women’s Shoppe, where we celebrate all stages of a woman’s life and treat your body l…
 
Single servings are here! Now get some your favorite (or soon to be favorite) sketches in individual podcasts. From our fifth episode, the kids are played by the children of two of our actors (can you guess who?) and are named Buffy and Jody. Alas, Mr. French is not here. When you find soft sounds of the ’70s on your kid’s playlist, it’s time for T…
 
We're down to the final four contestants on The Tree. Who will bud and who will be clear-cut? In our next installment of The Adventures of TempGirl, TempGirl's quest to find the Big Copier leads her deep into the heart of the corporate jungle. And stop by The Women's Shoppe, where we celebrate all stages of a woman's life and treat your body like a…
 
Come on down! You're the next contestant on Will You Be My Mom Friend! Find out if TempGirl can make fifteen hundred copies collated, left-stapled, on purple paper by one o'clock in the next exciting episode of The Adventures of TempGirl. When you find soft sounds of the '70s on your kid's playlist, it's time for The Intervention.…
 
It's the GPS show! In GPS NOIR, a hard-boiled detective is on the trail of a beautiful and devious killer, but will technology bring them together or tear them apart? TempGirl finally meets Jane in the next exciting installment of THE ADVENTURES OF TEMPGIRL. In HUMAN GPS, when the launch of his new GPS goes awry, the boss finds the solution, and pe…
 
In ANGEL OF DEATH, Sadie's ready for her final journey, but it's her family that needs a push from an unexpected visitor. When we last left her, Betsy had 36 minutes to get to work. Find out if she made it in the next installment of THE ADVENTURES OF TEMPGIRL (ep. 3). In GIRLFRIENDS CALENDAR, Wendy and Leslie need to sync up their, uh, schedules.…
 
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