Viable Paradise, without hyperbole, changed the lives of all the Mad Writers. 16 months ago our intrepid hosts arrived on Martha’s Vineyard and together with 21 other hopefuls went through a grueling week. In this episode, they go through their journey to the island as well as some of the things that have them thinking about their time there frequently. They share some reasons why they applied and what they did to get there. They also touch on the community of Viable Paradise teachers and alumni, all of whom are anxiously awaiting for next year’s students, VP XXI. You can apply today!

Recommended Reading

Tim’s recommendation: Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

Jay’s recommendation: Behind the Throne (The Indranan War) by K.B.Wagers

Nina’s recommendation: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Intro and outro music comes from “Cephalopod” by Kevin MacLeod (; licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0