356: Doodling for Writers – Interview with Rebecca Fish Ewan

Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Rebecca Fish Ewan.

Poet and cartoonist, Rebecca’s passion is mingling text with visual art, primarily in ink and watercolor, to tell stories of place and memory. Her hybrid-form work has appeared in After the Art, Brevity, Crab Fat, Survivor Zine, Hip Mama, Mutha, TNB, Punctuate & Under the Gum Tree. Her illustrations and essay, “The Deepest Place on Earth,” were published in the Literary Kitchen anthology, Places Like Home. She was also a long-time DIY MFA columnist, writing about books with words and pictures, and she continues as part of our extended team as a contributor at large.

Rebecca has an MFA in creative writing from ASU, where she has been a landscape design professor for 25+ years. She grew up in Berkeley, California, and lives with her family in Arizona. Her book-length work includes A Land Between, By the Forces of Gravity, Water Marks, and her new book, Doodling for Writers, which released October 2020.


In this episode Rebecca and I discuss:

  • How writers can get out of their own way and reclaim their love of drawing.
  • Why writers need to embrace searching as a part of the writing process.
  • The importance of finding tools you love (and she shares her favorites!).


Plus, her #1 tip for writers.

For more info and show notes: diymfa.com/356

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