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Interview with Lisa Bonos of The Washington Post’s Solo-ish Column

I’m excited to announce that I am back teaching at NYU at the School of Professional Studies. The online course I am teaching in Spring 2019  is Writing Parenthood: Writng for a Growing Market. Register here for the course. 

By Estelle Erasmus 

Lisa Bonos is the lead writer and editor for Solo-ish, a Washington Post blog about single life. Before launching Solo-ish in 2015, she spent 10 years as an editor on The Post’s opinion and business desks.

Find the podcast with Lisa and others here.

Lisa talked about how Soloish expands the lens and how she is looking for something specific in a personal essay–that it is either so extraordinary or so common that everyone can relate to it.

In the podcast, Lisa spoke with me about the following:
• How she created Soloish
• What she looks for in an essay
• Submission tips
• Her background in publishing
• Some of her most popular essays
• Her pet peeves
• What she likes to read
• How to contact her



Find out why adding a news peg to your story pitch is helpful

Find out and how she likes to be pitched

And why she likes to read pitches on Thursday

Lisa’s Links from Soloish:

You can find Lisa’s writing here:

Some popular essays
I tried to fall in love with myself…it was harder than I expected
When my girlfriend was groped right in front of me, I didn’t believe her
I was judged for having sex after my husband died. I think he would have understood.
It’s tough for me to know where the line is’: The #MeToo era is making dating more confusing
No one tells you life as a 40-year-old single woman could be this good

The pieces Lisa wrote about the sexual misconduct allegations against Aziz Ansari also did well:
Aziz Ansari fashions himself a dating expert. But clearly he’s still learning.
What’s in Aziz Ansari’s dating book, ‘Modern Romance’? Not much sex talk.
Here’s how Aziz Ansari could use ‘Master of None’s’ next season to rebuild his image

Follow Lisa on Twitter:@lisabonos [twitter.com].

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13 thoughts on “Interview with Lisa Bonos of The Washington Post’s Solo-ish Column”

  1. Congrats on going back to teaching. And on carrying out an inspiring interview with Lisa. On a personal note, I find it inspiring to see how creative one can be when addressing stereotypical beliefs.. I will probably go through the suggested reading over the weekend.

  2. What a fun job she has, for sure. I’d love to have a regular spot in the Washing ton Post. 🙂

  3. Congrats on being back teaching at NYU. This looks to be a very compelling interview. I briefly clicked through some of the material and look forward to diving in more. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Although I am not single, I think I would be interested in reading more and hearing more. I clicked through and read some of the articles and they are worth the read.

  5. Thanks for sharing this interview. I hadn’t read any of her work before but I am headed to check it out.

  6. These podcasts are so helpful to everyday wonen I willl definitely check this interview out as soon as I get home.

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