Eric Weiner is a journalist and author of The New York Times bestseller The Geography of Bliss.  His most recent book, The Geography of Genius, has been called “smart, funny and utterly delightful” and has been translated into 20 languages. A number of high schools and universities have incorporated the book into their curricula. As a long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Weiner reported from more than 30 countries — from Iraq to India to Indonesia — covering some of the biggest stories of the day.  

Eric also leads an annual writers workshop in Nepal to help travel junkies and aspiring authors hone their writing skills.  It’s called the Himalayan Writers Workshop. A portion of the workshop proceeds will go to the wonderful Quilts for Kids Nepal, a microfinance project that finances education for underprivileged children in Kathmandu. The dates for the workshop are October 29 to November 8. More details, and registration, here. They still have a few slots open.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:

  • How to write a book
  • What it’s really like being a foreign correspondent
  • Why curiosity and resourcefulness are universal skills for any job
  • How your life experiences contribute directly to your success as a writer
  • How failure is part of everything we do. Even geniuses struggle!
  • What are some writing strategies to help you break through writer’s block — [Hint: it’s called the Pomodoro technique]
  • Why being fully engaged with your writing is the only road to good writing
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