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Writers Speak

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Class Overview

Enjoy classic interviews from some of the greatest writers of the last half-century to spark your own creativity and inspire you to become a better writer.


  • beginner
  • 10 episodes
  • 47m

Included in this Class

1. Maya Angelou

1. Maya Angelou

In this 1990 interview, Maya Angelou tells of being a "voluntary mute" as a child, until a neighbor persuaded her to read poetry aloud. Angelou reads one of her poems, "Seven Women's Blessed Assurance."

2. Amy Tan

2. Amy Tan

In this 1990 "Today" show interview, author Amy Tan explains what inspired her second novel, "The Kitchen God's Wife," and the anxiety of writing a second book when a first book has been a bestseller.

3. Kurt Vonnegut

3. Kurt Vonnegut

Author and satirist Kurt Vonnegut warns of the impending reality of an America owned and run by foreigners -- a situation he imagines in his novel "Hocus Pocus."