Episode 10 | Jenny Hubbard Interview

On this week’s episode Gloria interviews the lovely Jenny Hubbard, author of Paper Covers Rock and And We Stay. We learn about Jenny’s process, how she went about getting her novel published, what it’s like to have an agent, and the process and what expectations you might have when working with an editor. She also talks about getting back to the classroom and how it’s changed her writing. From this

Episode 9 | To MFA or not to MFA

On this week’s episode Gloria discusses the M.F.A. in creative writing. She breaks down her expectations when she started and what she wishes she knew when she was applying. She talks about the different types of programs, what to expect if you decide to pursue and M.F.A., and some of the pitfalls of this degree. She also talks about the academic job market and who might benefit from earning an

Episode 8 | What to do while you wait

This week Gloria gives a brief update on where she is with the manuscript. She also discusses what she is doing while she waits for edits from her editor at Unsolicited Press. She talks about establishing a writing routine, morning writing sessions, and squeezing writing into the pockets of her day. She discusses her process for submitting her work and gives some examples of resources. She also discusses the academic

Episode 7 | Revisions, Round 1

This week Gloria talks about her process of revising the novel manuscript. She talks about returning to the universe she made almost ten years ago and the surprising emotional journey of the revision process. She discusses the fear and vulnerability that comes with revising the manuscript and how she realized that she might need to revisit some of her older, completed pieces. She also talks about AWP, the fear and

Episode 6 | Leland Cheuk Interview

This week Gloria interviews Leland Cheuk, editor at 7.13 Books. 7.13 Books is one of the presses Gloria submitted her novel to, but she received a rejection. The conversation helps Gloria learn more about the process and why her novel didn’t quite make the cut with this press that publishes debut book. In the interview, Cheuk discusses his experience as a writer and how it has informed his work as

Episode 3 | The novel sat for a decade. Why?

This week Gloria explores why she waited nearly a decade to submit her completed manuscript. She explores the challenges of revising a decade-old novel. What’s it like to revisit an old relic? She talks about how she’s changed as a writer and how this has affected her revision. In addition, she explores the relevance of her novel in today’s world where women have a stronger voice in the wake of

Episode 2 | How to write a novel

This week Gloria elaborates on the writing and research process for writing her forthcoming novel. Since the novel is set in Post-World II Italy, she discusses learning about the history, culture, and food of the town where the novel takes place. Gloria professes her outline obsession and how she handwrote her novel. She discusses her interests in the way women interact with each other.

Episode 1 | Who is Gloria Panzera?

In this first episode, Gloria answers a big question. Why should you join her on this journey? She begins by discussing why she started This Novel is Happening, how she became a writer, her academic background which eventually led to her writing a novel. She talks about the impetus for her forthcoming novel and how it was the project that earned her a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in creative