Michael Graff is a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Garden & Gun, POLITICO, SUCCESS, Washingtonian, Our State, Southwest: The Magazine, and SB Nation Longform. He writes a monthly column for the back page of Charlotte magazine, where he served as editor from 2013 to 2017. Previously, Michael served as a senior editor and writer at Our State magazine, and as the Sunday enterprise writer and a sports writer at the Fayetteville Observer. He has received multiple notable selections in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Essays. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in English from High Point University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in freelance writing, storytelling, back roads, and a big questions that informs a life.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Michael explains what he does and how he thinks of his work.
- He shares the most profound essay he has written.
- He reveals the question that drives most of his writing.
- He considers the topic that all his writing explores.
- Michael tells a story about his father.
- He addresses what to do with this life.
- He describes how he goes about his work as a story teller.
- He explains why reporting is far more interesting to him than writing.
- Michael discusses how being an editor informs his work as a writer.
- He shares how an editor changed his life as an editor and writer.
- He talks about why he tells stories and what moment he tries to find in his writing.
- He answers whether he writes for an audience or for himself.
- Michael explains quotes from writers and photographers about his work.
- He identifies what he is intense about and what he believes in.
- He answers whether success is on his mind and whether he feels successful.
- He talks about his childhood and how it informs who he is today.
- Michael reveals the most freeing thing he has encountered.
- He addresses whether he wants to be considered a great Southern story teller.
- He shares the story he wants told about him.