We invited writers, artists, and musicians to share a favorite creative prompt or craft lesson, or to tell us about a book, poem, song, or film that affected them. We asked them to offer opinions and experiences on creativity, artistic processes, and the role of arts in culture. We're offering their responses here as occasional features on creativity that we're calling Still Life.
We’re excited to share one of Courtney Balestier’s podcasts in this Still Life installment. Courtney created the WMFA podcast series to foster conversation and community among writers. She says: “My mission with WMFA is to explore why we writers do what we do, so that we can do it with more intention, and how we do what we do, so that we can do it better.”
The WMFA podcasts include interviews with today’s best writers as well as Courtney’s short aural essays and meditations on craft, creativity, and challenges in writing. In the episode below, Courtney talks about patience—"slowing down to speed up." You can read about and listen to more of Courtney’s podcasts on the WMFA webpage, and be sure to read our interview with Courtney.
Courtney Balestier is a James Beard-nominated writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker online, The New York Times, Wired, Oxford American, Punch and elsewhere. She writes often about Appalachia. A native of Morgantown, West Virginia, Courtney holds a bachelor's degree in news journalism from West Virginia University and a master's degree in magazine journalism from New York University. She is at work on a novel about identity, progress, and class set in Appalachia and Detroit. She lives and works in Pittsburgh.