We love that HippoCamp draws speakers and attendees from all over the country (and globe), but we also love it when members our our hometown literary community are able to participate. Sam Schindler is an educator and also a producer of a few multimedia efforts, some of which involve his family. (We highly recommend you check out Nora Bear & the Outlaw!) Sam will be part of this year’s Flash Sessions, and he’ll bring his podcast wisdom to the stage. Here, he shares a bit of a preview.

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HM: Without sharing any spoilers, what can attendees expect from your session?

SS: I will share the process of creating the podcast, that is, how I came to produce it initially, and how I approach the production of each episode. Most require connecting with other people, which lies at the core of its main purpose.


Who would benefit the most from your session?

Everyone, and especially those that might be described as “reluctant extroverts,” as my wife has labeled me. These are people who are interested in learning about, hearing their stories and asking them pointed questions about their life experience, but have a tough time getting started. The desire to do so is there, but something holds them back. Operating under the guise of “citizen journalist” helps do away with that initial barrier.


Literary citizenship is so important today, and by being part of our conference, you’re contributing to the CNF community — why is sharing with others important to you?

What I try to do with the podcast (and for that matter, as a teacher) is connect with other people. Again, it sometimes proves difficult, especially when backgrounds and worldviews seem far removed. Sharing the creative process behind the podcast is much like the podcast itself, because it requires inviting others in.


Taking off your presenter hat, what are you hoping to learn as an attendee at HippoCamp?

I’m looking forward to making connections with other storytellers, and taking note of the different ways in which they tell them.

Lancaster is an amazing city – since you’re from the area what suggestions do you have for those who haven’t been here yet?

This is probably the most popular answer, but Central Market is a must-see for all newcomers. There’s a great deal of history right here in town, and some great, very knowledgeable people at the Lancaster Visitor’s Center who can show it to you. We have really great restaurants, some of which are very old and some of which are brand new, which is kind of a theme that defines our city: old and traditional side by side with new and trend-setting. Most of all, I am thrilled by the activism that has been recently galvanized in this city.

What was a recent and memorable work of creative nonfiction you read – whether a book or shorter piece? (And what did you love about it?)

I am blown away by the work of Joe Sacco, who is a graphic journalist, though he would describe himself simply as a cartoonist. His on-location work on the Yugoslavian War and stories from Palestine are unparalleled in my opinion.

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