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Transcript: Writing and Selling First-Person Pieces

'Write what you know,' our teachers tell us. These panelists took that advice and got paid to do it

November 20, 2006

This is an excerpted transcript of's panel discussion, "Writing and Selling First-Person Pieces" held in Los Angeles on January 17, 2006. The panelists were:
Ruth Andrew Ellison, editor of The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt
Susan Shapiro, author of Lighting Up and Five Men Who Broke My Heart
Betsy Amster, literary agent
Rick Wartzman, editor of West
The panel was moderated by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, mb's director of education, west coast.

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