What’s this?

This is the Substack branch of the podcast In Writing with Hattie Crisell (many episodes of which you can already find for free on all good podcasting apps). Like that podcast, this is a place to talk and think about the writing process.

Who’s Hattie Crisell?

I’ve been a journalist for 15 years. I’ve been producing and hosting the podcast since 2019, and during that time I’ve interviewed over 40 writers, from novelists to screenwriters to comics. I’m currently doing an MA in creative writing.

In other words, writing is what I spend a lot of my time thinking about, and even though I find it exciting, therapeutic, and frankly unavoidable, it’s also an emotional rollercoaster. Talking about the process helps me. My podcast has shown me that it helps other people too.

Why should you subscribe?

Subscribe for free to get the weekly In Writing newsletter. Every new edition will go directly to your inbox, featuring thoughts on a particular aspect of writing, and sharing what I’ve learnt from interviewing great authors, studying creative writing at MA level, and working as a professional writer in the British journalism world.

For £4 a month, or £40 a year, you get the above plus some extra bits. These include:

  • Audio recordings of the newsletter, so that you can listen to it on your usual podcast app while you’re going about your day – and occasional audio interviews too

  • Fortnightly creative prompts, to help you tap into the fun of writing

  • The ability to join the In Writing community, where you can share questions, ideas and even excerpts of your own writing

  • The virtuous satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping to support my writing, for which I’m very grateful.

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