Los Angeles Times editor Steve Padilla returns with our most practical episode yet: A sentence-level writing seminar, covering topics from verbs and physical descriptions to leads and endings. This episode will be useful to anyone who puts pen to paper — for school, for fun, or for a living.
Jeff Barker began his career in newspapers. In 2006, he left journalism to join the re-election campaign for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, eventually becoming head speechwriter. Today, Barker leads his own writing consultancy, penning speeches and op-eds for politicians and Fortune 500 executives.
In the late '90s, Dan Wilson found mainstream success with his alternative rock band Semisonic and their radio hit "Closing Time." He's since become one of music's most sought-after songwriters, composing for Adele, Dixie Chicks and Taylor Swift. The Grammy Award-winning musician joins Kevin to discuss his collaborative approach to songwriting.
Ricky Gervais is the writer, director and star of the seminal British comedy The Office. He also created Extras, Life's Too Short, and his latest television series is Derek, now streaming on Netflix. Ricky joins Kevin to talk about his comedy writing process.
Pulitzer prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger is the author of "Friday Night Lights," called one of the greatest sports books ever written by Sports Illustrated. His new book is "Father's Day," a memoir about his relationship with his brain-damaged son. Buzz joins Kevin in studio to discuss process.