Maggie Smith joins Letโ€™s Talk Memoir for a conversation about having and holding boundaries in our work and in our lives, trusting our instincts as writers, taking risks, telling the truth as we know it, allowing our material to dictate form, how our work changes over time, and her highly anticipated memoir You Could Make This Place Beautiful.  




Ronitโ€™s essays and fiction have been featured in The Atlantic, The Rumpus, The New York Times, The Iowa Review, The Washington Post, Writerโ€™s Digest, American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her memoir WHEN SHE COMES BACK about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and their eventual reconciliation was named Finalist in both the 2021 Best Book Awards and the 2021 Book of the Year Award and a 2021 Best True Crime Book by Book Riot. Her short story collection HOME IS A MADE-UP PLACE won Hidden River Artsโ€™ 2020 Eludia Award and will be published in 2022. She is host and producer of the podcasts And Then Everything Changed and The Body Myth.

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2 Responses

  1. Would it be possible for you to send me a transcript of this conversation?

    I was struck by so much of what Maggie Smith shared, following your insightful questions. I’m working on a memoir of my own and would love to include a few quotes from this conversation, and I want to be sure I get them right!


    1. Hi Leila! Thank you very much for your message about this episode. Iโ€™m so happy to have you as a listener. I wish I could have transcripts for each episode but paying a transcriber to create them is costly and the podcast is a labor of love. I donโ€™t think it will take you too long to capture Maggie Smithโ€™s wise words and am happy to know you enjoyed this conversation.

      The only transcript I did have created was for an episode that I did with Allison K. Williams which is here:


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