Hey School For Writers listeners! We’re back with another great episode and this time we’re welcoming our first male guest on the show!

Kevin Smokler is a writer, speaker, and filmmaker. His creative soul is known for forging stories, characters, and entire books based on daily life and popular culture.

This episode is packed with a great deal of inspiring jewels as Kevin joins Lauren to talk about all things writing and filmmaking.
Throughout the conversation, you’ll hear them talk about the different definitions of success and what it means to be a successful writer.
They talk about the amazing people Kevin’s gotten to meet in his career as a storyteller, how to gain confidence as a writer, and his explorative process for writing and finding things to write about.

We’re telling you, today’s episode is gold!

Be sure to listen until the end and learn more about how purpose influences Kevin’s passion for writing, how to fully exercise your gifts as a writer, his transition from writing to filmmaking, and so much more!

About Kevin Smokler:

Kevin Smokler is a writer, documentary filmmaker and host with a focus on popular culture. He’s the author of the books Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to 80s Teen Movies (2016) called “An absolute delight” by Library Journal, the essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School (2013) which The Atlantic Wire called “truly enjoyable” and the editor of “Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times,” A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His essays and criticism has appeared in the LA Times, Salon, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Vulture, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Decider and on National Public Radio.

In 2020, he co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary film Vinyl Nation on the contemporary renaissance of vinyl records in America. Vinyl Nation has been called “a lively, engaging affair” by Film Threat and a “populist unifier” by Salon.

Connect with Kevin:
Website – http://www.kevinsmokler.com
Twitter – @weegee
Instagram – @vinylnationoc
Facebook – @vinylnationdoc
Vinyl Nation documentary – vinylnationfilm.com

Thank you so much for tuning in today! If you haven’t listened to episode 17 where Lauren talks about how to build a writing career you love, then go back and check it out!

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Resources mentioned in this episode:
Grab my Free Guide to Journaling Through Difficult Times HERE!

Book recommendation of the week:
Brat Pack America: A Love Letter to ’80s Teen Movies by Kevin Smokler

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