Show Notes for Ep. 55 "Sheila Williams"


In this Deep Dive, former SLF staff member, Meghan Lamb talks with the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, Sheila Williams. They discuss Williams’ most influential childhood reads, the importance of editorial letters in magazines, and how to make the best first impressions when submitting your stories. This interview is a part of the Portolan Project, an initiative to provide a wealth of exceptional creative writing courses and resources.

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Recorded 2022 / Published September 4, 2023


  • 0:00:00 – how Williams’ early childhood reading experiences shaped her
  • 0:04:44 – on digital vs. print media
  • 0:09:00 – on how editorials are written and chosen for magazines
  • 0:17:20 – on how to make good first impressions when submitting
  • 0:23:22 – on Williams’ college experience
  • 0:27:31 – on how Asimovs evolved

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