January 4, 2018


The Fail Safe podcast explores how today’s most successful writers grapple with and learn from creative failure. From the blank page to the broken sentence, we examine the many challenges and pitfalls of the literary life and discover how authors transform false starts, dead ends, and assorted blunders into works of literary genius. Produced collaboratively by draft: the journal of process and The Iowa Writers’ House, The Fail Safe provides encouragement for anyone who’s ever wanted to write and pulls back the curtain on the creative process for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the writer-at-work.

Guests on the podcast have included Roxane Gay, Garth Greenwell, Kelly Link, Alexander Chee, and Kristen Radtke. Interviews have been filmed live at Prairie Lights Bookstore in Iowa City as part of the Mission Creek Festival, Witching Hour, and Iowa City Book Festival.

For a full library of episodes, visit The Fail Safe website, iTunes, or SoundCloud.

Garth Greenwell, podcast launch

Kelly Link, Mission Creek Festival 2017

Kristen Radtke, Mission Creek 2017

Lauren Haldeman, Iowa Writers’ House

Audience Interview, podcast launch

Andrea Wilson, Jessica Hopper, Alissa Nutting at Witching Hour